Message to FERC: Think Beyond Bulk Power to Achieve Grid Resilience

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Several groups are urging FERC to give microgrids and distributed energy resources a place at the table as it searches for ways to improve electric grid resilience on the bulk power system. The groups offered input recently as part of a proceeding (AD18-7-000) that FERC opened after rejecting U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s push to subsidize … [Read more...]

Can Biogas CHP Help Duke University Meet Aggressive Climate Goals?

renewable bio gas

Duke University is exploring what it takes to acquire and transport renewable biogas from North Carolina hog farms for what may turn out to be a new, microgrid-ready combined heat and power (CHP) plant on the university's main campus. The biogas project emerged after students protested plans by the university and Duke Energy to build … [Read more...]

Bringing Stability to War-Torn Somalia with Solar Microgrids

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Beleaguered by famine, terrorism and war, Somalia has the added burden of some of the highest energy costs in the world. But now relief is coming in the form of solar microgrids for refugees and communities thanks to an East African company. SolarGen Technologies is on a mission to help stabilize the country of 12 million people, using solar … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Way: Going Green with Solar & Supercapacitor-based Energy Storage

Supercapacitor-based Energy Storage

If utilities offered their customers solar energy and took advantage of supercapacitor-based energy storage, we could significantly cut greenhouse-gas emissions. That’s the word from Omer Ghani, CEO and co-founder, Kilowatt Labs, which produces supercapacitor-based energy storage called Sirius Energy Storage and the Centauri Energy Server, … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Wants Microgrids. But Will its Rules be too Rigid?

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José Román Morales, president of the Puerto Rico Energy Commission (PREC), is clear: Microgrid development is welcome in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico -- even before the commission’s just-released draft rules are finalized. “Right now, we need to get the country back on its feet,” he said, referring to the fact that in the wake of Hurricane … [Read more...]

Microgrids Among Winners of $20M in Energy Storage Grants from Massachusetts

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Several microgrids are among the more than two dozen winning projects that will share $20 million in energy storage grants announced today by Massachusetts. Reflecting the reality of today’s market, battery technology dominated the winners list, although some projects also employ thermal and flywheel storage. Use of battery storage has increased … [Read more...]

Western Australia Utility Tests Solar Plus Storage, Microgrids to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARNEA) has awarded Western Australia's Horizon Power US$1.44 million toward a distributed solar plus storage microgrid to test how weather affects behind-the-meter solar networks and improve upon microgrids. The ultimate goal is to reduce reliance on fossil fuel power generation while delivering reliable, … [Read more...]

Government Action Opens Doors for Microgrids and Energy Storage in Massachusetts

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The Boston City Council and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities last week each separately took action that opens the door toward more microgrids and energy storage in the state. The city council approved a proposal (Docket 0340) on Wednesday to send a home rule petition to the state legislature that would clear the way for the … [Read more...]

India’s Universal Energy Access Drive Opens Up 30-GW Market Opportunity

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Distributed renewables, energy storage and microgrid controllers are set to play a bigger role as India looks to improve power generation, extend universal energy access, and achieve climate targets, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Off-grid and grid-connected, distributed solar currently makes up just a small percentage of … [Read more...]

Microgrid Technology May be Taking Off Faster than Expected

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Rapid disruption in the electric power world has skeptics changing their minds about how quickly microgrid technology will take off. Demand Energy's Doug Staker says he numbers himself among them. With the business case proving itself more quickly than many originally envisioned, microgrid technology is going to “accelerate faster than most … [Read more...]