Could the David Johnston Research + Technology Park Microgrid Be a Model?

Many tend to think of a microgrid as an enclosed campus with generation, energy storage and a resource management system, all islandable from the grid. But that thinking is limited. Microgrids also can involve small commercial communities, as planned by Canadian company Stantec, projects that right-size distributed energy resources so that an … [Read more...]

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Rural US Access Clean Energy, Microgrids

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., have introduced bipartisan legislation to help give clean energy and microgrids a boost in the rural US. The Expanded Access to Sustain Energy Act, or EASE, will assist rural communities and rural electricity cooperatives to overcome the barriers to renewable energy storage and … [Read more...]

California Aggregator Seeks Microgrid Hosts as Part of Community Choice Program

Monterey Bay Community Power, a community choice aggregation in California, plans to develop microgrids and Friday released an application seeking customers to host projects. The solicitation (MGA-01-001) is the first step toward installing one or more microgrid projects in the aggregrator's service territory: Monterey, San Benito and Santa … [Read more...]

Washington State Public Utility Installs Solar as Part of $12M Microgrid

Washington State is getting greener now that the Snohomish County Public Utility District is building a microgrid powered by a 500-kW solar array, which will use lithium-ion battery storage and provide backup power in case of an emergency. The project, which should be ready for testing late in 2020, will cost $12 million and it will receive … [Read more...]

Bipartisan Group of US Lawmakers Introduce Extension of Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

Electric vehicles got a nice jolt on Wednesday as a bipartisan group of US lawmakers introduced a bill to update and extend the federal electric vehicle tax credit. The way the law is written now, electric vehicle buyers get a tax credit of $7,500 but that deduction phases out once a carmaker sells 200,000 of them. Under the new bill, those … [Read more...]

Why Aren’t There More Multi-User Microgrids?

When most people consider a microgrid, they think of on site generation serving a single business or an enclosed campus. But another concept is emerging called multi-user microgrids, which allows neighbors to share distributed energy resources to receive reliable electricity. Only a few such multi-user microgrids exist. But some electricity … [Read more...]

Legislation Would Give Energy Storage the Same US Tax Benefits as Solar

If energy storage advocates have their way, storage will receive the same US tax benefits as does solar — an investment tax credit for new installations. Legislation to do just that was introduced in the House of Representatives late last week. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., would create a separate energy storage infrastructure investment tax … [Read more...]

As Part of a Trend, ABB and Rolls-Royce Combine to Build Microgrids

Two behemoths in the power sector are combining to provide microgrids for utilities as well as commercial and industrial entities. Swiss-based ABB and Germany-based Rolls-Royce Power Systems will join forces to build projects that combine distributed energy with battery storage. “This partnership is part of a recent trend where traditional … [Read more...]

How Massachusetts Compensates Battery Storage Owners for Energy Efficiency: Report

When most people think of energy efficiency, they think of using fewer electrons. But the Clean Energy Group has an expanded definition — to shift energy usage from high peaks to low demand times. And it says that battery storage is the important new technology to allow this. The Clean Energy Group, supported by the Barr Foundation and the … [Read more...]

Economics is Driving the Growth of Distributed Energy Resources in Texas

Texas was among those states in the 1990s to restructure its retail electricity market, which gave business and residential consumers the option to choose a power supplier. Today, that type of innovation is expanding to give those users more dynamic options — the ability to generate their own electricity with distributed energy. The Texas … [Read more...]