ABB’s Modular Microgrid, Enel’s Disruptive Energy Tech, Mercedes Benz Home Storage

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ABB seeks partners to trial new modular microgrid ABB plans to make a modular microgrid widely available at the end of 2017 that is suited to remote communities, extreme environments and places that lack access to reliable grid power. The MGS100 is also designed for small commercial and industrial facilities with inconsistent grid supply, so … [Read more...]

Quick News: FuelCell Energy & Trinity College, Grid Mod, Siemens & Smart Grid, Hybrid Gensets

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FuelCell Energy gets Trinity College microgrid-ready FuelCell Energy has executed a power purchase agreement with Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, to install a 1.4 MW microgrid-ready fuel cell power plant. The college, which serves 2,200 students on a 100-acre campus, expects to save about 30 percent in annual energy costs through … [Read more...]

Non-Wires Alternatives Embraced by BPA as it Abandons 80-mile Transmission Line Project

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The Bonneville Power Administration plans to pursue non-wires alternatives instead of an 80-mile transmission line, signaling a business shift toward targeted solutions over large centralized infrastructure. "The outcome is much bigger than a decision to build or not build this line: We are transforming how we plan for and manage our … [Read more...]

Follow the Electric Battery Revolution to California — With or Without Trump

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With or without support from the Trump Administration, the electric battery revolution is here to stay, and to accelerate that movement, we need only look to California. That's the word from Kevin Jones, director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, and co-author of the recently released “The Electric … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Systems Capture Missed Opportunities for Utility-Scale PV Arrays

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North America currently has more than 20 GW of installed utility-scale PV generation, with more than 14 GW brought online in 2016 – the largest amount of PV installed to date. But is the majority of this base realizing its full potential? Solar plus storage systems offer a way for owners and operators to expand production hours, increase energy … [Read more...]

FuelCell Energy Signs Deal to Serve Connecticut Military Base

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FuelCell Energy this week struck a deal with a group of Connecticut public power utilities to install a 7.4 MW fuel cell that will serve a U.S. submarine base in Groton. The fuel cell installation is part of a larger plan by the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC) to support US Department of Defense goals to add resiliency … [Read more...]

For Utilities, Electric Vehicles are the New Air Conditioners

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Electric vehicles are quickly becoming one of the largest flexible loads on the grid in some areas, and the growth parallels the increase in numbers of air conditioners years ago, says a new study from the Smart Electric Power Alliance. However, the popularity of electric vehicles poses problems for utilities, which are finding that time-of-use … [Read more...]

PG&E Begins Offering $240M for Generation and Energy Storage Incentives through SGIP

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Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is inviting businesses and consumers to apply for $240 million in renewable and energy storage incentives through its self-generation incentive program (SGIP) for 2017. California regulators have directed PG&E and other investor-owned utilities to distribute $566,692,308 designated to the SGIP program … [Read more...]

Renewables Not a Threat to Electric Reliability, Energy Groups tell Trump Administration

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Solar, wind and advanced energy advocates want the Trump administration to know that renewable energy presents no threat to electric reliability; nor is it killing the coal industry. Three national energy associations -- Advanced Energy Economy, the American Wind Energy Association, and the Solar Energy Industries Association – made their case … [Read more...]

Duke Sees Growth in Green Microgrids. Plus News from Congress, Stem & Axiom

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Green microgrids part of Duke's new sustainability plan Duke Energy highlights green microgrids as a possible "new growth initiative" in its recent corporate sustainability report. Microgrids aren't new, but "Duke Energy’s efforts to power them with renewable energy have caught the attention of the industry," says the report. For … [Read more...]