The Challenge to Meet Today’s Energy Demands

energy demands

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric microgrids business leader Andy Haun explores how to address the challenges of today's energy demands.  By now, it's apparent our aging power grid is ill-equipped to handle the increasing demands brought about by a growing, connected world. Digitization, combined with the shift … [Read more...]

How Different the California Grid Will Look by 2025

community choice aggregations

Quickly growing community choice aggregations (CCA) are expected to play a significant role in drawing 85 percent of customers away from California's investor-owned utilities by 2025, according to a new report. The community aggregation report was one of three on grid disruption released by Next 10, an organization with a goal of improving … [Read more...]

Win for Virtual Power Plants and Aggregations in Australia

virtual power plant

Giles Parkinson, founder and owner of RenewEconomy, describes a wholesale market decision that is expected to boost virtual power plants and energy aggregations in Australia. Tesla and other proponents of virtual power plants and demand management schemes have scored a significant win after the country’s main energy market rule maker … [Read more...]

Kaiser Permanente, Project Partners Showcase Hospital Solar-Storage Microgrid Demonstration

solar-storage microgrid

A solar-storage microgrid demonstration at a California hospital aims to deliver substantial energy cost savings, as well as enhance reliability, resiliency and environmental quality. Renewable energy microgrids, such as the one up and running at Kaiser Permanente's Richmond Medical Center, have the potential to reduce hospitals' energy bills by … [Read more...]

Utility Non-Wires Alternative RFPs Coming to Massachusetts?…Enel X Expands Canadian Footprint

non-wires alternative

Massachusetts House paves way for non-wires alternative solicitations The Massachusetts House of Representatives yesterday approved a grid resiliency bill that could open the way for utilities to issue competitive solicitations for non-wires alternatives. HB 4739 would require that utilities file annual resiliency reports to show areas of … [Read more...]

Port of San Diego to Demonstrate How Microgrids Benefit Ports Worldwide

microgrids benefit ports

The Port of San Diego aims to show the world just how much microgrids benefit ports with its solar microgrid project, supported with a $4.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). About $4.4 million in matching funds will be provided by the port for the microgrid, which is expected to have 700 kW of solar and 700 kW of … [Read more...]

Should All Utility Customers Pay for EV Infrastructure and Microgrids?

rate-based microgrids

An accord signed by a range of stakeholders this week opens the door toward rate-based EV infrastructure, which raises the question: Should rate-based microgrids be next? Endorsed by automakers, utilities, labor groups, consumer advocates, and environmental organizations, the Transportation Electrification Accord creates a roadmap for … [Read more...]

Two Models, Two Outcomes for Demand Response in PJM, California

demand response in PJM

Two different models yielded two very different outcomes for demand response in PJM territory and California recently. The results illuminate the pros and cons of how distributed energy resources are treated in both markets. In PJM’s most recent annual capacity auction, for delivery in 2021-2022, demand response was a big winner, with PJM … [Read more...]

Michigan’s Largest Utility to Propose Virtual Power Plants and Renewables in IRP

virtual power plants

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, plans to unveil an integrated resource plan (IRP) this week that elevates virtual power plants as a means to meet new energy needs. Virtual power plants aggregate distributed energy resources and orchestrate their operation via a central control system.  Due to the Michigan Public Service … [Read more...]

New Microgrid for South Australia, Storage for San Diego, and Off-Grid Electricity for Uganda

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South Australia microgrid to provide secure power for transmission network Australia continues to be a mecca for microgrid projects with another announced today, this one for Electranet, South Australia’s principal transmission network service provider. The microgrid is being installed to ensure stable power supply in an area with … [Read more...]