Microgrid Knowledge Names ‘Person’ of the Year and Announces Top Stories for 2019

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Microgrid Knowledge doesn’t usually choose a person of the year, as Time magazine does. But 2019 produced such a runaway winner, it seemed necessary to do so.  The winner, of course, is California.  Thanks to its green and pro-microgrid policies, California was high on the list of microgrid leaders even before this fall’s wildfire-related … [Read more...]

Top 10 Most Popular Microgrid White Papers of 2019

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Microgrid Knowledge's 10 most popular microgrid white papers of 2019 explore key questions surrounding microgrid development, finance, design, construction and operation. Top papers also focus on microgrid affordability and the evolution of distributed energy resources. These paper — and energy headlines in 2019 — make clear that energy … [Read more...]

Sweden’s Summer Sunshine Stored in Hydrogen for the Winter

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Renovations to six public housing buildings in the small town of Vårgårda, South West Sweden will allow them to run on renewable energy all year round. Electricity and heat from a microgrid combining solar panels, batteries, heat pumps, hydrogen production and storage and hydrogen fuel cells will supply the 172 apartments. “We will be … [Read more...]

California Utility Builds Solar Microgrid in 27 Days to Avert Wildfires in Sierra Nevadas

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A solar microgrid, built in 27 days in cold and windy weather, was Southern California Edison’s (SCE) solution to an urgent need to avert wildfires near a remote dam in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Installing the microgrid in November allowed the utility to turn off a line that provided power to the site of the Gem Dam, part of the Rush … [Read more...]

New Jersey Seeks Feedback this Week on Town Center Microgrid Funding

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New Jersey regulators seek feedback by Dec. 13, 2019 on the second phase of the town center microgrid program, which will allot $4 million for project design. Two years ago, in the program’s first phase, the Board of Public Utilities distributed $2 million to 13 town center microgrids for feasibility studies. Those microgrids will be eligible … [Read more...]

Microgrids as Non-Wires Alternatives

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S&C Electric's Erik Svanholm discusses the potential of microgrids as non-wires alternatives, which use distributed energy resources and microgrids to defer or replace the installation of more traditional ‘wires and poles’ infrastructure. Non-wires alternatives (NWAs) are any nontraditional investments that allow electric utilities to … [Read more...]

FERC Tariff Approvals Open Way for Energy Storage in Wholesale Markets

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US regulators gave energy storage a boost with recent approvals of tariffs filed by grid operators that create standardized ways of offering the resource to wholesale markets. “The tariffs improve prospects for storage by clarifying and standardizing the rules under which it participates, and tell market operators they need to accommodate … [Read more...]

Bloomberg Forecasts Another Large Drop in Battery Energy Storage Prices

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BloombergNEF (BNEF) delivered good news this week for microgrid projects that plan to incorporate storage (which are many). Battery energy storage prices are set to take another big dive. BNEF’s 2019 Battery Price Survey forecasts that the average price for battery energy storage will be close to $100/kWh by 2023, down from $156/kWh this … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Senate Advances Transportation Electrification Bill

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An electrification bill moving through the Pennsylvania General Assembly, if passed, would support the development of electric vehicle infrastructure in the state. The state’s Senate on November 19 voted 43-6 in favor of the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act (Senate Bill 596), sponsored by Republican Sen. Bob Mensch. The … [Read more...]

Texas Customers Could Save $5.47 Billion with DERs, but Regulations Must Change

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Texas consumers could save $5.47 billion over ten years with distributed energy resources (DERs), but regulations must change to realize these benefits. A study by Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA) identified two ways DERs can reduce costs: Act as non-wires alternatives to avoid investment in tranmission and distribution … [Read more...]