Hurricane Harvey Devastation Shows Why Grid Resiliency is Critical

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While the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the West’s wildfires are fresh in our minds, it’s critical to start focusing on grid resiliency -- and how distributed energy can contribute to it. Utilities and state regulators right now focus more on grid reliability than grid resiliency, said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Florida Aims for Hip, Two-Way Grid of the Future

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Duke Energy Florida has plans to re-make its grid into a two-way grid that incorporates renewable energy, storage, electric vehicle charging stations and smart meters and boosts resiliency. The plan is a blueprint for re-making a dated grid into a more fashionable system that’s bidirectional, flexible, protects itself against power outages … [Read more...]

Natural Gas versus Distributed Energy: Which is Less Expensive?

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The natural gas versus distributed energy conversation continues with the release of a much-anticipated California study that concludes that a centralized natural gas generation plant is less expensive -- at least in the power-strapped area studied. The conclusion came out of a report "Moorpark Sub-Area Local Capacity Alternative Study," by the … [Read more...]

Can a National Demand Response Event Fill in the Solar Gap for Monday’s Eclipse?

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Amateur astronomists donning their solar eclipse glasses Monday likely won’t be thinking about how a national demand response event, grid modernization, microgrids, energy storage, or other resources might provide the energy needed to make up for lost solar energy. In fact, they probably won’t be aware that nearly 9 GW of solar power is … [Read more...]

Microgrid Case Studies Guide California as it Maps a Way to its Goals

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In an effort to help commercialize microgrids, the California Energy Commission is analyzing lessons learned from nine microgrid case studies about projects that total 21 MW of peak capacity, with an average size of 2.25 MW. The case studies are detailed in a new report being prepared for the commission by Navigant Research. The state hopes … [Read more...]

Microgrid Incentives: What’s Needed to Spur More Microgrids?

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Many energy technologies receive some sort of utility or government incentive -- especially those that are new and promising -- but need an early nudge to win the market's confidence. Microgrid incentives, however, remain scarce in the U.S. They do exist, but come mostly in the form of grants from a handful of states. Or some microgrids capture … [Read more...]

Virtual Power Plants & Transactive Energy: How Will They Change the Energy Business?

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Virtual power plants and transactive energy. You've heard the terms, but what exactly do they mean? And why does a leading microgrid analyst see them changing the way the power industry does business? At the center of the changes are the rise of prosumers, who once purchased energy but now produce it, helping create new opportunities for grid … [Read more...]

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...]