Mining Toolkit Helps Clean Energy Industry Protect Profit, People and Planet

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Clean energy’s gold rush for minerals used to manufacture electric vehicles, solar and other systems is not always sustainable and sometimes employs questionable labor practices, says a group that has released a mining toolkit to help the industry develop best practices. The Energy Resources Governance Initiative’s (ERGI) toolkit aims to … [Read more...]

New York’s ‘VDER’ Alternative Payment Method Helps Spur Energy Storage

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New York is well on its way to meeting the state’s goal of having 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025 and 3,000 MW by the end of the decade, and the 'value of distributed energy resources,' or VDER, mechanism gets part of the credit, according to a report released by state utility regulators. The state had deployed or contracted for 706 MW of … [Read more...]

Less Risk, More Arbitrage Income for Microgrid Operators and Owners?

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Often, microgrid operators have the choice of either purchasing a fixed supply contract or playing in the market, but not both, said James McGinniss, CEO and co-founder, David Energy, a competitive retail electricity supplier. “Microgrid customers are often faced with a bad choice: They can take an indexed contract in order to capitalize on … [Read more...]

Microgrid Company Uses Know-how to Provide California with Ventilators

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With the US facing a potential five-fold ventilator shortage, microgrid company Bloom Energy has figured out a quick way to refurbish ventilators on behalf of the state of California. Specialists in fuel cell microgrids, the Silicon Valley company took on the task at the request of California Governor Gavin Newsom. Newsom approached Bloom … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Likely to Create Desire for Energy Self-Reliance: Australia

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Energy leaders in Australia describe what’s ahead for solar and storage as a result of COVID-19. Sophie Vorrath of One Step off the Grid reports.  Concerns around the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the Australian solar industry have shifted from supply to demand as manufacturers in China resume business-almost-as-usual, but the … [Read more...]

New Microgrid at Brooklyn Mall Supports Grid and Helps ConEd During Blackout

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A new microgrid serving Kings Plaza shopping mall in Brooklyn, N.Y. kept operating through a Consolidated Edison (ConEd) blackout last summer and helped the utility restart after the outage. The microgrid consisting of oil and gas fired engines was completed in May after the owners decided to convert a 12-MW stand-alone power system to a … [Read more...]

Microgrid Job of the Week: S&C Electric Seeks App Manager for Distributed Energy Systems

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There's a new job opening at S&C Electric well suited for energy professionals who have experience with advanced microgrid systems. The company seeks an application manager for distributed energy systems. According to the job posting, the chosen candidate will be "responsible for defining, managing, and developing S&C’s integrated … [Read more...]

Neighborhood Microgrids would Provide Resilience under Sunrun Plan

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Solar and storage provider Sunrun has proposed creating neighborhood microgrids that would allow for resilience and energy sharing within “distribution islands.” The company released a paper intended to encourage utilities and other stakeholders to consider reconfiguring the grid into distribution circuits that can be islanded. Under the … [Read more...]

Switzerland Community Successfully Trials Local Blockchain Electricity Market

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A community in Switzerland has completed a successful year long trial of a blockchain electricity market, a technology being eyed for community microgrids. The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) funded project Quartierstrom, the first of its kind in the world, involving 37 households in Walenstadt, Switzerland. For one year, the community … [Read more...]

Microgrid Design: Ensuring Accurate Modeling when Incorporating Energy Management Systems

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Energy management systems (EMS) both enhance and complicate microgrid design. Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun explains what it takes to ensure that modeling reflects outcome in today's sophisticated microgrids. There are countless variables to consider when making an investment into a microgrid, from the electrical distribution hardware, to … [Read more...]