Showcasing Benefits of Electricity Market Reform with Meaty Savings Figures

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Electricity market reform in PJM and MISO territories, done in a way that reflects the new world of decentralized energy, could save consumers billions. That’s the word from a new study funded by the Wind Solar Alliance and conducted by Grid Strategies that focuses on the two US grid operators. PJM coordinates the movement of wholesale … [Read more...]

Microgrid Helps North Carolina Island Recover from Hurricane Dorian’s Devastating Blow

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Thanks to its microgrid, North Carolina's Ocracoke Island was able to restore power three days after Hurricane Dorian sent a tidal wave smashing into its coast line, causing massive flooding. Initially, both the grid and the microgrid went out of operation when the hurricane struck September 6, and flood waters rose 13 feet. Local service … [Read more...]

Nation’s Largest Residential Battery Demand Response System Being Built in Utah

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A new 600-unit apartment complex and sustainable community in Utah's Salt Lake Valley will feature a virtual power plant (VPP) that its backers say will be the largest residential battery demand response system in the US. Local utility Rocky Mountain Power will manage the virtual power plant to shave peak demand and provide behind-the-meter … [Read more...]

Study Warns that Gas Plants Could become Stranded Assets

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Utilities, investors and regulators should stop the rush to natural gas and choose clean energy portfolios (CEP) made up of combinations of solar, wind, storage, efficiency and demand response, warns a new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). If they don’t, many gas plants will become stranded assets, raising the specter that … [Read more...]

Why Microgrid Developers Shouldn’t be Storm Chasers

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Don’t follow one-time disasters to find microgrid opportunities; look instead to areas with recurring power outages and businesses interested in resilience, says a new study. Curious about the impact of storms and disasters, Wood Mackenzie, a global research and consultancy business, looked at microgrids sized 100 kW and above that were … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

New Jersey Prepares for Second Round of Microgrid Funding

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New Jersey expects to begin accepting applications in November for its second round of microgrid funding, part of a program that already has 13 towns studying the feasibility of microgrids. As a precursor, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities plans to seek comments next month on a draft proposal for the second round of the New Jersey … [Read more...]

Is Load Flexibility the New Demand Response?

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Demand response is reaching a saturation point, but load flexibility is emerging as its new iteration, a 2.0 that is much more powerful and could become a 200 GW grid resource for the U.S. by 2030. That’s the word from the Brattle Group, in a report, “The National Potential for Load Flexibility: Value and Market Potential through 2030.” Among … [Read more...]

What Will it Take to Boost Microgrid Markets to the Next Level?

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Moving the microgrid market is an ambitious goal that will require policy changes, technology advances and a customer-centric approach, say several microgrid industry leaders recently interviewed by Microgrid Knowledge. Overall, this challenging effort delivers big benefits, they say. “It’s an exciting time to be in this industry,” says … [Read more...]

Goodbye to Arguments Against Renewables? New Studies Find them as Reliable and Cheap as Fossils

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Can renewables cost less than fossil fuel generation? And are they as reliable? It appears so, especially when they are coupled with a suite of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as virtual power plants and demand response. New reports by Energy Innovation Policy and Technology and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) lay out the … [Read more...]