Lessons from Natural Disasters Spur New Microgrids in Japan

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Political and grassroots public support for a resilient, non-nuclear and fossil fuel-free future is gaining traction and spurring development of new microgrids in Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is advancing efforts to invest greater sums to develop smart villages, towns and cities with interconnected, … [Read more...]

Grid Cybersecurity Spending to Reach $3.2B…News from Navigant, Enel and Enbala

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Navigant sees rise in grid cybersecurity spending Navigant Research is reporting today that it foresees global spending on grid cybersecurity growing from $1.8 billion in 2017 to nearly $3.2 billion in 2026. “The proliferation of the smart grid and Internet of Things (IoT) has led to the deployment of billions of networked sensing devices, … [Read more...]

Virtual Power Plants & Transactive Energy: How Will They Change the Energy Business?

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Virtual power plants and transactive energy. You've heard the terms, but what exactly do they mean? And why does a leading microgrid analyst see them changing the way the power industry does business? At the center of the changes are the rise of prosumers, who once purchased energy but now produce it, helping create new opportunities for grid … [Read more...]

Thriving Times for Microgrids and Nanogrids. Thank You Batteries and Distributed Gen

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For a long time microgrids and nanogrids were heralded for their ability to provide power locally when the grid goes down. Now, more and more, they win friends because of their intelligent usefulness. New Deutsche Bank market research explains what's driving this appreciation. Microgrids and nanogrids -- as well as virtual power plants -- are … [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...]

Why Energy Blockchain Intrigues Big Players Like Siemens

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Not so long ago energy blockchain technology had the futuristic feel of flying cars or colonies on Mars. But that has changed in recent months as credible players step in to test the transaction platform. Among them is energy giant Siemens, which formed a partnership in November with a startup, LO3 Energy, to figure out how to make energy … [Read more...]

Commonwealth Edison Makes Move into Community Energy Storage

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Commonwealth Edison, a leader on community microgrids, is now making a move into the fledgling arena of community energy storage as well. The Exelon subsidiary Thursday announced the first of what are expected to be multiple pilot projects that use batteries to improve electric reliability for communities. ComEd is focusing on areas prone to … [Read more...]

Blockchain Technology for the Electric Grid: What Will Come Out of Today’s Wild West?

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We're in the Wild West when it comes to blockchain technology for the electric grid. But Steve Davis, founder and CEO of Oxygen Initiative, has a vision of where we're headed -- and it's big. Davis sees blockchain technology rehaping two of the pillars of our industrial economy: the grid and personal mobility. How can this happen? One … [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...]

Southern California Edison Seeks Local Energy Resources to Bolster the Transmission Grid

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Southern California Edison has issued a solicitation that seeks local energy resources to bolster grid resiliency -- a departure from a typical utility approach to improve a transmission system. The solicitation speaks to the new and growing use of distributed energy sources to solve grid problems in a pinpointed way. Local energy resources … [Read more...]