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...]

Join Us this Week for a Panel on Microgrids at the Energy Storage Assoc. Expo in Denver

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Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, will lead a discussion, "Resilient Design: Micro? Nano? How Integrated Systems Excel," at the Energy Storage Association's (ESA) 27th Annual Conference and Expo, April 18-20 in Denver, Colorado. The discussion will begin at 2 p.m. MT, Wednesday, April 19, Room 205, at the Denver Convention … [Read more...]

Southern California Edison Seeks Local Energy Resources to Bolster the Transmission Grid

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Southern California Edison has issued a solicitation that seeks local energy resources to bolster grid resiliency -- a departure from a typical utility approach to improve a transmission system. The solicitation speaks to the new and growing use of distributed energy sources to solve grid problems in a pinpointed way. Local energy resources … [Read more...]

Preparing for Emergencies with Wind, Solar, Energy Storage and Microgrids

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John Shenot, of the Regulatory Assistance Project, explains why wind, solar, energy storage and microgrids are becoming attractive to planners focused on resilience. Resilience is a character trait that is universally admired and respected in people. In recent years, it has also gained attention as a new imperative for infrastructure planning … [Read more...]

Solar, Storage and Controls All in One Talking “Personal Energy” Unit

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Solar, storage and controls are all wrapped into SolPad “personal energy” units soon to be available from SolPad, a startup company that says its units are modular, easy to install and priced lower than the competition. "The total installed cost for the SolPad Home is up to 50 percent lower than any incumbent, like Tesla's Powerwall,"  said … [Read more...]

Modular Microgrids: Are They the Future, Will They Liberate Microgrids?

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Modular microgrids are on their way in. In fact, they boast so many benefits they could liberate microgrids. And why exactly do microgrids need to be liberated? It's all spelled out in a Navigant Research whitepaper, "Liberating Microgrids (and All DER)," commissioned by Spirae, which markets a microgrid control platforms. The problem, … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Costs Declining. But No One-Size Fits All

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Energy storage costs continue to decline, but with wide variations, depending on the battery technology and where and how it's used, according to new research by Lazard. Lazard also found solar generation costs declining at an even steeper rate. Solar and storage often are coupled in microgrids and nanogrids. “Our studies continue to … [Read more...]

Residential Microgrids for the Masses?

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Residential microgrids will be attractive to the masses in the form of standardized battery-plus-solar PV systems, says Suleman Khan, co-founder and managing partner of Swell Energy. In the past, homeowners—and those who sell clean energy to them—were going about it all wrong, often installing oversized solar systems without batteries, … [Read more...]

When are Microgrids Virtual Power Plants & Why Does it Matter?

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When are microgrids virtual power plants, and what change do they bring to the central grid? The market for virtual power plants, and the technologies that enable them, are growing quickly, in large part driven by the lower costs of solar and energy storage. Thanks to these cost declines, we’re seeing more and more distributed energy coming … [Read more...]

Why a Nanogrid in a Microgrid: Aquion Energy

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Aquion Energy, Schneider Electric and Azimuth Energy have completed a nanogrid in a microgrid at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The nanogrid has the unique ability to move DC power from solar panels directly to LED lights at the Institute's Keating Sports Center. In reality, the nanogrid is a small microgrid, said Matt Maroon, vice … [Read more...]