How to Get to 100% Renewables? Use Microgrids Says Plan for Cranston, Rhode Island

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The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats have launched an ambitious project that aims to ensure the city of Cranston achieves 100% renewable energy by 2030 using a series of solar and wind microgrids, a central microgrid, a virtual power plant (VPP) and a municipal utility. The hope is that the Cranston project, led by a group called Ocean State … [Read more...]

City/Utility Partnership Leads to Microgrid at Fire Station in Portland, Oregon

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The city of Portland, with financial support from Portland General Electric (PGE), has installed a fire station microgrid that will not only ensure power for crucial services, but also train emergency workers in use of the technology. The project, at Fire Station 1, is one of three microgrid projects by PGE, which is seeking resiliency, … [Read more...]

Rural Neighborhood Chooses Off-Grid Microgrids Instead of Paying the Utility

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For the Silvies Valley Ranch outside of Burns, Oregon, off-grid microgrids for each of 600 homes under development makes more financial sense than paying the local utility $7 million to run utility lines to the ranch. The eco-friendly ranch and luxury resort, formerly a dude ranch, is located on 140,000 acres in eastern Oregon where visitors … [Read more...]

Frustrated with Outages, These Seniors Have Big Microgrid Plans, Even Bigger Obstacles

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Outage-weary seniors in an Oakmont, California community have encountered numerous regulatory obstacles to their ambitious microgrid plans. Residents of Oakmont Village Association, whose average age is 75, in 2019 endured five blackouts due to fires and also public safety power shut offs by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), said Ken Smith, … [Read more...]

First-of-a-Kind, Triple-Tasking, Front-of-Meter Microgrid in Sonoma, California

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A front-of-meter microgrid located at the Sonoma Valley Unified School District has set out to become the first to achieve three goals: help bring more solar online, participate in wholesale markets and charge electric school buses. “This has never been done successfully,” said Nick Tumilowicz, principal manager, grid integration of distributed … [Read more...]

California Utility Builds Solar Microgrid in 27 Days to Avert Wildfires in Sierra Nevadas

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A solar microgrid, built in 27 days in cold and windy weather, was Southern California Edison’s (SCE) solution to an urgent need to avert wildfires near a remote dam in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Installing the microgrid in November allowed the utility to turn off a line that provided power to the site of the Gem Dam, part of the Rush … [Read more...]

FERC Tariff Approvals Open Way for Energy Storage in Wholesale Markets

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US regulators gave energy storage a boost with recent approvals of tariffs filed by grid operators that create standardized ways of offering the resource to wholesale markets. “The tariffs improve prospects for storage by clarifying and standardizing the rules under which it participates, and tell market operators they need to accommodate … [Read more...]

Texas Customers Could Save $5.47 Billion with DERs, but Regulations Must Change

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Texas consumers could save $5.47 billion over ten years with distributed energy resources (DERs), but regulations must change to realize these benefits. A study by Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA) identified two ways DERs can reduce costs: Act as non-wires alternatives to avoid investment in tranmission and distribution … [Read more...]

A Good Trade to Keep the Lights on in San Francisco’s Bay Area

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With electric reliability now precarious in the San Francisco Bay Area, community power suppliers are making a deal with customers that benefits both: We give you low-cost energy resilience, you let us tap into your battery storage. Part of the goal of the innovative program is to help customers avoid public safety power shutoffs from … [Read more...]

EV Charging Trends: Solar Absorption, Demand Response, Green Charging

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More and more, electric vehicles (EVs) are being called upon to absorb excess solar energy and provide demand response. These are EV charging trends to watch. Yet another trend is increased demand from EV drivers for charging based on green energy. Enel X, which aims to help communities create, store, use and share energy, has a number of … [Read more...]