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...]

Pepco Considers Non-Wires Alternatives, Issues RFI

Pepco is seeking information on possible non-wires alternatives, such as distributed energy resources, to meet a looming constraint on its distribution system in Washington, DC. The request for information (RFI) grew out of the PowerPath DC grid modernization effort launched by the district’s utility commission in January. PowerPath DC … [Read more...]

What Can Regulators and Utilities Do to Boost Solar Nanogrids?

This portion of a  new special report series looks at utility and regulatory changes across the nation that could push solar nanogrids to the forefront of energy innovation.  In spite of the many challenges that nanogrids address, their growth is limited by regulatory and utility hurdles that prevent nanogrid owners from realizing their many … [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...]

How Well does the Energy Industry Serve People of Color?

The energy industy (both fossil and renewable) is failing to provide benefits to people of color, and in many instances undermining the health of this community. That was one of the messages from a group of medical, energy and poverty experts who spoke at Race and Energy, a webinar presented this week by Pecan Street, a data research and … [Read more...]

Southern California Edison to Test Using Price Signals with DERs

Southern California Edison will use transactive energy management software from Opus One Solutions to improve the dispatch of distributed solar panels using prices signals. Opus, a startup based in Toronto, Canada, says its software combines a market management system with a participant interface to engage customers and establish operating … [Read more...]

How Solar Nanogrids Help Solve the Challenge of Variability on the Grid

We explore the opportunities solar nanogrids provide for the solar installers in a new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Instant ON. It turns out while one nanogrid is good, many are even better, when they come together as virtual power plants that aid the grid. Working together, solar nanogrids can achieve even … [Read more...]

Open Source Tech Improves Microgrids in Southeast Asia

In villages in Southeast Asia, a person often must sit inside a powerhouse to manually control the flow of water in small hydro microgrids to ensure the systems operate safely. “The operator will watch the system parameters and open or close the valve to the turbine to regulate the flow of water and therefore quantity of energy generated as … [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...]

44% of Businesses Considering Microgrids: Survey

In a new report by Deloitte, 44% of businesses who responded to a national survey said they are considering microgrids, an increase of nine percentage points over last year’s survey. In “Deloitte Resources 2020 Study,” 54% of those considering microgrids said they have critical operations that require uninterrupted power supply, said Marlene … [Read more...]