Using Hardware in the Loop to Create a Microgrid Testbed

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This post — part of a new special report — highlights how microgrid developers are using testing tools like hardware in the loop (HIL) to create microgrid testbeds, as well as what these testbeds can be used for.  HIL to create microgrid testbeds The electric power grid is the world’s largest man-made system. It is also a very complex machine … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Close to Finalizing a Clean Peak Standard. Good News for Microgrids

clean peak standard

Massachusetts is close to implementing a clean peak standard that could bring wider opportunities for microgrid developers. It would also make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to implement the standard. Based on the premise that renewable energy is good for the environment, but even better if used at the right time, the clean peak … [Read more...]

Regulators ask Hawaiian Electric to Explain Lack of Non-Wires Alternatives in Plan

non-wires alternatives

The Public Utilities Commission of Hawaii is pushing back against Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) proposed integrated grid plan (IGP) because it has not given sufficient consideration to non-wires alternatives. HECO may be prematurely excluding non-wires alternatives and “significantly” delaying the proposed soft launch of its IGP, the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Hardware in the Loop Testing Helps Developers Perfect Projects & Avoid Failure

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Here we highlight the engineering challenges — and solutions — of developing and implementing microgrids and distributed energy resources. This post, part of a Microgrid Knowledge special report series, explores microgrid testing in real time through model-based engineering. Facing the challenge  Microgrids and DERs change the electrical grid … [Read more...]

Small Businesses in New York City Install Microgrids with RISE Funds

New York City

UGE International recently signed a contract with the New York City Economic Development Corp. (NYEDC) to deploy 10 solar and battery storage microgrids in New York City, part of program boosting microgrids for small businesses in the city. The contract grew out of NYEDC’s Resiliency Innovation for a Stronger Economy (RISE) program that was … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Simulation, Testing Techniques Pave Way for Future Microgrids

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Microgrid Knowledge, in partnership with Typhoon HIL, explores the possibilities of new microgrid simulation and testing tools in a special report. The following entry looks at the "three D's" — digitalization, decentralization and decarbonization. Digitalization, decentralization and decarbonization  The electric power grid is undergoing one … [Read more...]

New Jersey’s Draft Energy Plan Includes Support for Microgrids

New Jersey

The most recent iteration of the New Jersey Energy Master Plan (EMP) includes provisions that could boost the development of microgrids in the state. The draft plan also calls for a microgrid feasibility study to determine if microgrid projects should be expanded. On June 10, New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU) released the 2019 … [Read more...]

Utilities Propose Resiliency Adders that Could Benefit California Microgrids

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As California braces for a hot summer and another wildfire season, the state’s two largest utilities have put forward proposals aimed at mitigating those risks, including "resiliency adders," incentives that could encourage the development of microgrids. Both Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison (SCE) have petitioned the … [Read more...]

Taking Non-Wires Alternatives to a New Level, Company Petitions FERC to Move Electricity by Rail

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In a filing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Alternative Transmission (ATI) proposes a technology that could bring a new meaning to the concept of non-wires alternatives. Based in Sullivan’s Island, S.C., the company wants to move batteries by rail for discharge and charge where needed on the electric grid. Further, … [Read more...]

Large and Unique Mass Transit Microgrid Moves Forward in New Jersey

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One of the largest microgrid projects in the country and one of the few proposed to support mass transit is moving forward in New Jersey. On June 18, New Jersey Transit completed a public hearing for its NJ Transitgrid project. The comment period for the environmental impact statement for the project is open until July 19, 2019. And on June … [Read more...]