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...]

Duke Energy’s Green Microgrids Run Smoothly through Storm

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Two green microgrids operated by Duke Energy rode through a weakened Hurricane Irma with no hiccups, while customers experienced outages close by. The first, the Mt. Sterling solar plus  storage remote microgrid, serves a communications tower located on National Park Service property in the Great Smoky Mountains on Mt. Sterling, Haywood County, … [Read more...]

$1.5 Billion Microgrid Market Opportunity Emerges in Kenya

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A confluence of innovation, risk taking, and public and private effort has created a five-year, $1.5 billion microgrid market opportunity in Kenya, leading Germany’s TFE Consulting to dub the East African nation, “The World's Microgrid Lab.” International startups are deploying innovative mobile 'pay as you go' (Pay-Go), home solar, and … [Read more...]

Natural Gas versus Distributed Energy: Which is Less Expensive?

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The natural gas versus distributed energy conversation continues with the release of a much-anticipated California study that concludes that a centralized natural gas generation plant is less expensive -- at least in the power-strapped area studied. The conclusion came out of a report "Moorpark Sub-Area Local Capacity Alternative Study," by the … [Read more...]

Can a National Demand Response Event Fill in the Solar Gap for Monday’s Eclipse?

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Amateur astronomists donning their solar eclipse glasses Monday likely won’t be thinking about how a national demand response event, grid modernization, microgrids, energy storage, or other resources might provide the energy needed to make up for lost solar energy. In fact, they probably won’t be aware that nearly 9 GW of solar power is … [Read more...]

Why We Need More Microgrids for Resilience, but Aren’t Getting Them

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The “vulnerable” U.S. electric grid needs more microgrids for resilience, but outdated rules may get in the way, according to a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The congressionally-mandated report listed microgrids and other distributed energy resources (DERs) as among 12 fixes to bolster a grid that … [Read more...]