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

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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...]

Big Win for Local Energy: First Virtual Power Plant Snags Contract in US Wholesale Capacity Auction

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Sunrun last week became the first company to win a contract to supply capacity to a wholesale power market from a virtual power plant -- solar energy and storage aggregated from homes. The San Francisco, Calif. company, which sells solar power, battery storage and energy services to residential customers, competed head on with other … [Read more...]

Shell Begins Testing Microgrid Performance at its Largest Technology Center

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Shell International Exploration & Production has begun operating the new microgrid at its Shell Technology Center Houston (STCH) campus. The microgrid provides clean, resilient energy for a facility on the 200-acre campus where nearly 2,000 Shell scientists, technologists and engineers work. It is the largest of Shell’s three technology … [Read more...]

Why HECO Drew Such Low Solar-Plus-Storage Prices

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Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) is seeking approval for seven utility scale solar-plus-storage projects that could set a new benchmark for low-cost renewable power in the island state. The low prices reflect the high cost of generating electricity in Hawaii and of the state’s ambitious 100 percent renewable portfolio standard. The … [Read more...]

Three Paths Ahead as Utility Microgrids Reach Inflexion Point: Navigant

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Utility microgrids are at an inflexion point, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The inflexion point comes from the confluence of two trends. First is the global growth of distributed energy resources (DER). The second is a change in utility attitudes toward microgrids. According to Navigant projections, global deployments … [Read more...]

Camden, N.J. Looks to Innovative Bonds to Expand Microgrid Project

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Camden County, New Jersey, is using an innovative bond financing tool to expand a microgrid project in planning to serve critical infrastructure. The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA), which runs the water supply and wastewater treatment system for the county across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, is planning a … [Read more...]

California Regulators Redirect Electric Transportation Strategy; Stakeholders Protest

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The California Public Utilities Commission late last week terminated its docket on transportation electrification and opened a new one to create a more coordinated strategy for electric vehicles and their integration into the electric grid. The order, particularly in its draft form, attracted opposition from industry stakeholders, who filed … [Read more...]

Culver City, California Considers a Microgrid Following Move to Community Aggregation

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Culver City, California, better known as the home of movie studios, is setting the stage to host a microgrid, with a feasibility study underway by Willdan Group. The city plans to pursue the microgrid for two main reasons: “We want to save money and energy,” said Charles Herbertson, Culver City’s public works director and engineer. The city … [Read more...]