Economics is Driving the Growth of Distributed Energy Resources in Texas

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Texas was among those states in the 1990s to restructure its retail electricity market, which gave business and residential consumers the option to choose a power supplier. Today, that type of innovation is expanding to give those users more dynamic options — the ability to generate their own electricity with distributed energy. The Texas … [Read more...]

Maine Lawmakers Revive Microgrid Bill as New Governor Creates a Pro-Green Climate

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Microgrids that regulators determine “serve the public interest” are back in play in Maine this year as lawmakers try to pass a bill that fell short a year ago. Legislators passed a bipartisan bill last year more clearly defining how microgrids could be created, but former Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed it. Newly elected Gov. Janet Mills … [Read more...]

New AC-DC Mobile Microgrid Holds Promise of More Efficient Power Distribution

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A team at the University of Calgary plans to build a mobile microgrid that promises to improve the simultaneous distribution and management of both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) electricity. Three university professors are leveraging proprietary AC-DC power conversion and energy management technology to build and operate a … [Read more...]

How Batteries are Challenging Coal and Gas on Cost: BNEF

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The refrain that lithium-ion batteries are a good idea, but just too expensive, is beginning to ring hollow in some markets, according to new data from BloombergNEF (BNEF). In fact, batteries are experiencing what BNEF describes as a “spectacular” drop in per megawatt-hour costs — 76 percent since 2012. The research company this week … [Read more...]

Beneficial Electrification: Power as the Energy Source for Travel, Homes, Farms

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NRDC's Derek Murrow describes a partnership with America’s Electric Cooperatives to bring 'beneficial electrification' to areas of the economy traditionally reliant on fossil fuels. What if your water heater could function as a backup battery for the electric grid, and your kids rode to school in a clean electric bus that charged overnight, … [Read more...]

Move Over, Lithium Ion: Thermal Energy Storage Finds a Niche

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Thermal storage is gaining ground in refrigeration applications, providing demand management for one of utilities’ most energy-intensive industries. Industrial refrigeration consumes more energy per cubic foot than any other utility load, said Collin Coker, vice president, sales and marketing, Viking Cold Solutions. Thermal energy storage … [Read more...]

Consumers Energy Plans Smart Energy District To Attract New Business

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Communities across America are trying to reinvent themselves — to become 21st Century models where businesses will locate and younger people will want to live. And one such idea is the “smart city,” which entails everything from creating green spaces to renewable energy hubs. The city of Jackson, Mich. is trying to do just that, using its downtown … [Read more...]

California Virtual Power Plant “Shattering Records” for Distributed Energy Storage

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Southern California Edison’s (SCE) five-year-old experiment with local energy has brought about a new world record with a virtual power plant delivering 2 GWh of grid services, according to AMS, the project designer and operator. In 2018 -- its first year of operation -- the virtual power plant was dispatched 250 times to the California … [Read more...]

Kyocera and LO3 Test Blockchain for a Virtual Power Plant in Japan

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Kyocera and LO3 Energy are working on a joint project to test the feasibility of a virtual power plant managed by blockchain technology, the same technology used in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. The test, at Kyocera’s Yokohama Nakayama office in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, will be on a small virtual power plant that uses the company’s solar … [Read more...]

Navigant: Remote Microgrids Have Huge Market Potential Globally

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Remote microgrids are becoming the key source for delivering power to global regions that are either tough to traverse or where the main grid is not reliable. And some companies are finding this to be an attractive business model, not only because they can initially limit their capital outlays but also because they can eventually scale up their … [Read more...]