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The “vulnerable” U.S. electric grid needs more microgrids for resilience, but outdated rules may get in the way, according to a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.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...]

Con Ed Gets Okay on More Non-Wires Alternatives: “What Was New Has Become Normal”

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Not so long ago, mentioning the term non-wires alternatives evoked a “Huh?” But now in New York, non-wires alternatives are becoming standard utility business practice, as evidenced Thursday by an important state Public Service Commission vote. The commission approved an indefinite extension of Consolidated Edison's Brooklyn-Queens Demand … [Read more...]

New Connecticut Law Opens Door to More Fuel Cell Projects

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A new law opens the door for more fuel cell projects in Connecticut, with the state placing value on their ability to enhance electric reliability and resiliency. A hub of U.S. fuel cell manufacturing, the state already has several fuel cell microgrids, including projects for the town of Woodbridge, University of Bridgeport, and Hartford’s … [Read more...]

Businesses Turn to Self-Generation, Renewables and Storage for Reliability

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More businesses are turning to self-generation, renewables and storage to diversify, ensure reliability, and meet corporate sustainability goals. And those that aren’t procuring renewable energy say they’d more likely to, if they could combine it with energy storage. That’s the word from a new report from Deloitte, “Resources 2017 Study – … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives

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Already a promising microgrid market, Massachusetts could get even better should new bills pass that promote non-wires alternatives, grid modernization, energy storage, and green and local energy. The Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions (ACES), a coalition of environmental and industry groups, discussed the bill and its other legislative … [Read more...]

Non-Wires Alternatives Embraced by BPA as it Abandons 80-mile Transmission Line Project

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The Bonneville Power Administration plans to pursue non-wires alternatives instead of an 80-mile transmission line, signaling a business shift toward targeted solutions over large centralized infrastructure. "The outcome is much bigger than a decision to build or not build this line: We are transforming how we plan for and manage our … [Read more...]

Duke Sees Growth in Green Microgrids. Plus News from Congress, Stem & Axiom

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Green microgrids part of Duke's new sustainability plan Duke Energy highlights green microgrids as a possible "new growth initiative" in its recent corporate sustainability report. Microgrids aren't new, but "Duke Energy’s efforts to power them with renewable energy have caught the attention of the industry," says the report. For … [Read more...]

The Rise of Fuel Cell Microgrids: Special Report

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Fuel cell microgrids are on the rise, the result of a natural pairing of two technologies — fuel cells and microgrids — that serve a mutual mission. Together, they meet today’s demand for energy that is cost-competitive, highly reliable, clean, quiet, contained, modular, scalable and community-friendly. Once futuristic, both technologies … [Read more...]

Demand Energy Brings Pioneering Solar Plus Storage Microgrid to New York City

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Demand Energy is set to begin operating a pioneering solar plus storage microgrid that achieves several firsts for the New York City power grid. News of the project milestone comes just three months after Italian utility giant Enel acquired Demand Energy, a move that made a splash in the microgrid industry and significantly changed the fortunes … [Read more...]

How Will New York Value Distributed Energy Resources Now?

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New York regulators issued an order Thursday that begins the process of phasing out net metering to instead value distributed energy resources based on a range of benefits they bring to the electric grid. Part of New York’s larger Reforming the Energy Vision policy, the order is expected to help the state reach its goal of generating half of its … [Read more...]