California Microgrids Flex Their Skills During Blackouts

California microgrids stepped up during the mid-August rolling blackouts, delivering flexible load and providing backup electricity, as extreme heat left the state short on power. Stone Edge Farm’s microgrid and three microgrids operated by Bloom Energy were among those that provided resiliency for their owners and community members on August … [Read more...]

How Nanogrids Assist with Public Safety — Wildfires, Power Outages and Other Challenges

This entry from a new special report series  explores how wildfires, storms and other disasters plague the interconnected grid. Public safety nanogrids can help.  The grid challenges associated with wildfires, especially in California, are significant. To help prevent power lines from sparking wildfires in areas where fires frequently occur, … [Read more...]

Nanogrids: A New Opportunity for the Solar Industry & its Customers

We explore the opportunities nanogrids provide for the solar installers in a new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Instant ON. The first article defines nanogrids, explains how they're installed, why they're prices have fallen and how they derive value. What exactly are nanogrids? Think of a microgrid, but:  … [Read more...]

Homes Gain Momentum as ‘Grid Flexibililty’ Resources

Call them nanogrids, smart homes, or something else, households are increasingly shaping up as a means to leverage grid flexibility, and energy companies are stepping forward with a range of products to advance the market. Circuit breakers, energy control platforms, batteries, aggregations, virtual power plants, non-wires alternatives and … [Read more...]

New York Grid Operator Prepares for DERs & Storage as Part of Sweeping Change

The New York Independent System Operator’s (NYISO) top priority is preparing for sweeping changes to the state’s grid, including a sharp increase in distributed energy resources (DERs) and energy storage, according to the grid operator. “New York State policies set forth the most aggressive clean energy mandates in America,” NYISO CEO … [Read more...]

Sunverge to Install Nanogrid-style Virtual Power Plant for Maryland Utility

Sunverge Energy has landed a contract to build a residential virtual power plant (VPP) for Delmarva Power in Maryland, using a nanogrid controller platform. The $4 million Elk Neck project includes 0.55 MW of behind-the-meter (BTM) battery storage that can deliver 2.2 MWh before needing to be recharged. The project grew out of a request for … [Read more...]

How are Utilities Supporting Distributed Energy Resources During the COVID-19 Crisis?

COVID-19 is hitting the economy hard and companies that develop microgrids and other distributed energy resources (DERs) are not immune. But there are ways that utilities can help them — and several are. Utilities have good reason to step up. Solar and other DERs are especially important during this crisis because they can lower costs for … [Read more...]

Why You May Want to Seriously Consider a Microgrid for your Electric Vehicles

To most of the world the electric vehicle (EV) revolution simply means using a plug rather than a fuel pump to keep a car running. But in truth it will require a significant overhaul of energy systems and infrastructure, one that’s likely to get businesses and even households considering microgrids. Andy Haun, senior vice president and chief … [Read more...]

Neighborhood Microgrids would Provide Resilience under Sunrun Plan

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...]

US GSA Seeks Information on Grid Interactive Technologies for Buildings

The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a request for information (RFI) for grid-interactive technologies and services that provide energy savings and load flexibility for buildings. The RFI, issued in coordination with the Department of Energy (DOE), is part of the Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) research being done … [Read more...]