What Does the Extension of California’s Cap-and-Trade Mean for Microgrid Development?

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California lawmakers voted this week to extend the state's cap-and-trade program to 2030, a move expected to boost microgrid development, especially when coupled with other climate plays. Backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the legislation won passage by a two-thirds vote in the Assembly and the Senate. By itself the extension isn't expected to … [Read more...]

Power Grid Cybersecurity Risks: It’s Not Only the Russians

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It's not only the Russians who pose risks to power grid cybersecurity. While they do pose some risks, there are more serious threats, especially to unprotected small- to mid-size energy companies, says a new report from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT). “There's a lot of hype surrounding the cybersecurity of the energy … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2017 Continues to Grow, Secures Top Tier Speakers

Microgrid 2017

Microgrid 2017 continues to grow with 60 panelists and speakers, in-depth workshops, on-stage interviews, lively discussions and extensive networking opportunities planned for the Nov. 6-8 event. "We will leverage our Boston location to showcase multiple mission-critical microgrids providing services to world-class companies and institutions … [Read more...]

California Bill Aims to Help Befuddled Cities, Towns Permit Energy Storage Quickly

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With hundreds of small-scale energy storage applications expected in response to California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program, a new bill aims to help confused cities, towns and counties permit energy storage systems efficiently. Sponsored by the California Energy Storage Alliance, AB 546 would create a handbook of best practices for … [Read more...]

Businesses Turn to Self-Generation, Renewables and Storage for Reliability

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More businesses are turning to self-generation, renewables and storage to diversify, ensure reliability, and meet corporate sustainability goals. And those that aren’t procuring renewable energy say they’d more likely to, if they could combine it with energy storage. That’s the word from a new report from Deloitte, “Resources 2017 Study – … [Read more...]

EVs Provide Valuable Grid Services, But Regulations Needed: Pilot

EVs Provide Valuable Grid Resources

EVs provide valuable grid services, but regulations are needed to ensure that the benefits are maximized, according to a report about a BMW/PG&E pilot program, BMW iCharge Forward. BMW and PG&E partnered in a demand response program involving 100 BMW i3 cars in the San Francisco Bay area plus a solar-powered stationary BMW 2nd life … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Editor, Elisa Wood, to Speak at Alternative Energy Meetup

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Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, will discuss the “The Evolving Microgrid Market: Who's Building Microgrids, Why and Where,” Thursday, June 22 at the Alexandria Alternative Energy Meetup in Alexandria, Va. Wood describes microgrids as the “Einstein” of the new electric grid. “Green energy is no longer enough. We need … [Read more...]

Calif. Moves to Boost Customer-Sited Energy Storage. Remains Industry’s “Undisputed King”

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Described in a recent report as the "undisputed king" of the energy storage industry, California continues to blaze new trails, now with legislation to boost customer-sited energy storage. The California Senate recently passed SB 700, which creates incentives for customer-sited energy storage in homes, schools, farms and businesses. Next, … [Read more...]

Distributed Generation Growth Makes Utility Execs Worry about Revenues, Reliability: Study

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Distributed generation growth is throwing a wrench in utility distribution, according to a new study from Accenture, “Power Surge Ahead: How Distribution Utilities Can Get Smart with Distributed Generation.” Fifty-nine percent of utility executives surveyed by Accenture expect small-scale distributed generation to stress their network … [Read more...]

Regulate EV Charging or No? Missouri Regulators Find Answer in Laundromats

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In a recent decision about whether the Missouri Public Service Commission should regulate EV charging and allow utilities to recover costs of charging infrastructure in rates, the PSC argued that it doesn't regulate laundromats that need electricity to operate, and shouldn't regulate EV charging. What’s more, it shouldn’t allow utilities to … [Read more...]