Texas Microgrid Closes on Innovative Financing for 232 MW Project in ERCOT

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Texas Microgrid has closed on financing that could serve as a model for other microgrid projects in Texas’ wholesale power market. The financing supports the construction of a portfolio of natural gas-fired microgrids in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) territory that, when fully built out, will have 232 MW of … [Read more...]

PJM Begins Process to Study How Utility Connected Microgrids Fit in its Market

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The PJM Interconnection has begun a process to explore the role of utility connected microgrids in the organization’s wholesale power market. The process “is part of a general effort to make sure PJM rules can accommodate all types of cases and resources and make sure there is nothing that prohibits incorporating microgrids,” Andrew Levitt, … [Read more...]

Who Pays on a Decentralized Grid? New York Tackles the Equity Problem with New Rates

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The New York Public Service Commission recently revamped utility standby and buyback rates to tackle the vexing problem of ratepayer equity in an age of distributed energy. The changes represent the next iteration in the state’s efforts to encourage wider adoption of clean energy while bringing rates more in line with market forces, all part … [Read more...]

Duke Energy and the No Controversy Microgrid: Hot Springs

Hot Springs Microgrid

Again Duke Energy has scored an easy microgrid win, this time for the Hot Springs Microgrid in Madison County, which won approval last week from the North Carolina Utilities Commission. In February, the commission canceled a scheduled evidentiary hearing on the microgrid due to lack of controversy. Similarly, in 2017, Duke's 10-kW Mt. … [Read more...]

Emory University Seeks Regulatory Support for Microgrid at its Atlanta Campus

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Emory University is seeking support from Georgia regulators for a microgrid that would be built on its Atlanta campus. The university is petitioning the Georgia Public Service Commission on the need to perform a feasibility study in collaboration with Georgia Power before seeking final approval for the project, according to Joan Kowal, … [Read more...]

NYPA Issues Energy Storage RFI; Separately, NYSERDA Initiates First Stage of $400M Program

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The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is seeking expressions of interest (RFI) from companies that want to develop energy storage projects. Separately, another state agency, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) took its first step this week in a $400 million program that aims to grow an energy storage market in the … [Read more...]

Bill Introduced in Congress Would Fund Renewables, Microgrids in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Legislation recently introduced in Congress would establish a grant program for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to fund development of renewable energy resources, microgrids, and energy storage. The bill aims to improve the electric system on the two island territories. Puerto Rico, in particular, is still struggling to recover from … [Read more...]

Kyocera and LO3 Test Blockchain for a Virtual Power Plant in Japan

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Kyocera and LO3 Energy are working on a joint project to test the feasibility of a virtual power plant managed by blockchain technology, the same technology used in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. The test, at Kyocera’s Yokohama Nakayama office in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, will be on a small virtual power plant that uses the company’s solar … [Read more...]

North Carolina Regulators Cancel Hearing, Moving Duke Microgrid Closer to Fruition

Hot Springs Microgrid

Duke Energy’s planned Hot Springs microgrid in western North Carolina moved closer to fruition earlier this week when state regulators canceled an evidentiary hearing scheduled for Feb. 25. In canceling the expert hearing, the North Carolina Utilities Commission noted that there was public support and no opposition to the proposed … [Read more...]

Eversource Pushes Ahead with 14.7-MW Battery Project on Martha’s Vineyard

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Eversource is proposing a 14.7-MW battery energy storage project on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., that is designed to reduce the use of diesel generators on the island, provide voltage support, and defer construction of additional undersea cables to the island. “This battery storage system will help Martha’s Vineyard meet its energy goals and … [Read more...]