Less Risk, More Arbitrage Income for Microgrid Operators and Owners?

microgrid operators

Often, microgrid operators have the choice of either purchasing a fixed supply contract or playing in the market, but not both, said James McGinniss, CEO and co-founder, David Energy, a competitive retail electricity supplier. “Microgrid customers are often faced with a bad choice: They can take an indexed contract in order to capitalize on … [Read more...]

Neighborhood Microgrids would Provide Resilience under Sunrun Plan

neighborhood solar

Solar and storage provider Sunrun has proposed creating neighborhood microgrids that would allow for resilience and energy sharing within “distribution islands.” The company released a paper intended to encourage utilities and other stakeholders to consider reconfiguring the grid into distribution circuits that can be islanded. Under the … [Read more...]

A Global Tour of Contrasting Microgrid and VPP Markets

modular microgrids

Peter Asmus of Guidehouse explores the different drivers impacting microgrid and virtual power plant (VPP) uptake.  The stars are aligning for distributed energy resources (DER) to play an increasingly important role in providing energy services across both retail and wholesale markets. Recent forecasts from Navigant Research, a Guidehouse … [Read more...]

How to Get to 100% Renewables? Use Microgrids Says Plan for Cranston, Rhode Island

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats have launched an ambitious project that aims to ensure the city of Cranston achieves 100% renewable energy by 2030 using a series of solar and wind microgrids, a central microgrid, a virtual power plant (VPP) and a municipal utility. The hope is that the Cranston project, led by a group called Ocean State … [Read more...]

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...]

EV Charging Trends: Solar Absorption, Demand Response, Green Charging

EV charging

More and more, electric vehicles (EVs) are being called upon to absorb excess solar energy and provide demand response. These are EV charging trends to watch. Yet another trend is increased demand from EV drivers for charging based on green energy. Enel X, which aims to help communities create, store, use and share energy, has a number of … [Read more...]

It Wouldn’t Take a Lot of Electric Vehicles to Shift Residential Peak Demand: Study

VPP

Functioning as a virtual power plant (VPP), it would take just 10% electric vehicle (EV) market penetration in Southern California Edison's (SCE) service territory, 5,000 customers, to shift residential peak power load to evening hours, according to an independent, self-funded study from Jackson Associates. "We were surprised both at the … [Read more...]

Nation’s Largest Residential Battery Demand Response System Being Built in Utah

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A new 600-unit apartment complex and sustainable community in Utah's Salt Lake Valley will feature a virtual power plant (VPP) that its backers say will be the largest residential battery demand response system in the US. Local utility Rocky Mountain Power will manage the virtual power plant to shave peak demand and provide behind-the-meter … [Read more...]

Study Warns that Gas Plants Could become Stranded Assets

clean energy portfolios

Utilities, investors and regulators should stop the rush to natural gas and choose clean energy portfolios (CEP) made up of combinations of solar, wind, storage, efficiency and demand response, warns a new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). If they don’t, many gas plants will become stranded assets, raising the specter that … [Read more...]

Hawaiian Island will Create a Virtual Power Plant from 1,000 Solar Homes

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Sunrun and Open Access Technology International (OATI) will create what they describe as the world's largest residential virtual power plant (VPP) by managing the electricity from some 1,000 rooftop solar-plus-storage systems to be installed on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu. Under a four-year contract beginning in 2020, Sunrun and OATI will … [Read more...]