A Microgrid for Every Electric Bus Stop in Martha’s Vineyard Town

EVs, microgrids and renewables

Off the coast of Massachusetts, on the history-filled island of Martha's Vineyard, tourists may soon find themselves journeying into the future on a bus that is wirelessly charged by microgrids. The microgrids are part of the Vineyard Transit Authority's larger clean energy transportation plan, now being put in place with electric buses, … [Read more...]

Distribution Resource Plans are Coming to Nevada. What’s that Mean to Microgrids?

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Nevada's new framework calling for utility distribution resource plans (DRP) could benefit microgrids, but it's "only a single step in a long journey," said Ken Horne, director for smart grid in the Emerging Technology and Business Strategy group  of Navigant Consulting. The Nevada Public Utilities Commission has adopted a framework for … [Read more...]

No More Storing Dirty Energy: California Works to Cut Emissions Due to Energy Storage

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We generally think of energy storage, especially when coupled with renewable energy, as clean and green. But the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), through its Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), has discovered that SGIP energy storage projects actually increase greenhouse gas emissions. Once again, the state is leading the … [Read more...]

Translating DER and Microgrid Complexity into Simplicity & Bankability

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) wants to make microgrids more bankable. But to do so it must first translate DER and microgrid complexity into simplicity. That's the aim of a $2 million grant that the commission awarded to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In turn, EPRI has hired Bankable Energy/Xendee -- developer of … [Read more...]

A Big Week For Reshaping the Electric Grid with EVs

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EV programs may soon come to a grid near you as states continue to expand and refine charging efforts. Here's a look at some big moves this week in California, Massachusetts and New York. Massachusetts okays one of largest EV programs In Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Utilities on September 10 okayed a $25 million charging … [Read more...]

What California’s Microgrid Bill Means to the State – and Everybody Else

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California’s large influence on the energy industry bodes well for US microgrid growth, following the state's passage last week of microgrid legislation that other states are likely to emulate, say industry players. SB 1339 opens the door for creation of a microgrid tariff and predictable interconnection rules and time frames. Both create … [Read more...]

What is a Virtual Power Plant?

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A virtual power plant turns on its head the traditional idea of relying on big, centralized power plants for predictable power. But what is it exactly? And who uses virtual power plants and why?   A virtual power plant works remotely to combine a number of independent energy resources from disparate locations into a network that provides … [Read more...]

Portland Plans Microgrid Statues in Parks. Will Use Pedal-Power

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The city of Portland and three partners have launched a pilot to offer emergency microgrid support in a park statue that will charge cell phones and store emergency supplies. It’s a classic project for this green city, featuring solar, storage and pedal power in a visible, small public park on Portland State University's (PSU) campus. But … [Read more...]

Watch out for these Roadblocks to California Microgrids

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Certain California microgrids are in for trouble due to rules and regulations in the state that could boost costs and render them uneconomic, according to Alex Porteshawver, distributed energy policy manager for the Center for Sustainable Energy. The challenges apply to California microgrid projects on non-adjacent properties or projects … [Read more...]

How Different the California Grid Will Look by 2025

Senate Bill 100

Quickly growing community choice aggregations (CCA) are expected to play a significant role in drawing 85 percent of customers away from California's investor-owned utilities by 2025, according to a new report. The community aggregation report was one of three on grid disruption released by Next 10, an organization with a goal of improving … [Read more...]