Are California Utilities Heading Down the Wrong Path as Wildfire Season Approaches?

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A new report warns that California may be heading down the wrong path when it comes to preparing its grid for wildfires and points to microgrids as a better solution. Utilities are proposing a range of costly investments to the central grid that may take decades, which still leave “substantial risk” for power outages, says “California’s … [Read more...]

Who Pays on a Decentralized Grid? New York Tackles the Equity Problem with New Rates

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The New York Public Service Commission recently revamped utility standby and buyback rates to tackle the vexing problem of ratepayer equity in an age of distributed energy. The changes represent the next iteration in the state’s efforts to encourage wider adoption of clean energy while bringing rates more in line with market forces, all part … [Read more...]

Eversource Takes Local Energy Concept to New Level with New Hampshire Microgrid Plan

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Eversource plans to develop an energy storage microgrid in New Hampshire that takes the local energy concept to a new level by pairing the microgrid with a bring-your-own-device program. The project also offers an example of a path for utilities to develop microgrids when state rules allow utility ownership of energy storage. Charlotte … [Read more...]

Emory University Seeks Regulatory Support for Microgrid at its Atlanta Campus

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Emory University is seeking support from Georgia regulators for a microgrid that would be built on its Atlanta campus. The university is petitioning the Georgia Public Service Commission on the need to perform a feasibility study in collaboration with Georgia Power before seeking final approval for the project, according to Joan Kowal, … [Read more...]

Clean Energy Patents: What’s Up, What’s Down and How Do the Trends Portend Markets?

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A new analysis of clean energy patents reveals increases in electric vehicles and smart green home patents, upswings in blockchain, and decreases in solar and other energy harvesting filings. The report, the Patenting Trends Study, based on data through 2018, also found patents decreasing for smart grids, a term that generally describes the … [Read more...]

Looking at Microgrids a New Way with DERMS

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In an interview leading up to Microgrid 2019, Siemens' Sacha Fontaine describes how microgrids and DERMS will shape the grid of tomorrow. If microgrids were purely backup power, it would be easy to determine who benefits from them: clearly the customers who are spared from power outages. But grid-connected microgrids do more than keep the … [Read more...]

Second-Life Electric Vehicle Battery Storage Helps Power Eaton Microgrid in South Africa

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An Eaton production facility in Wadeville, South Africa is reducing its energy and operational costs beyond its expectations thanks to a microgrid that uses first and second life electric vehicle batteries. The microgrid is reducing the production facility's monthly utility bill by 40%. Improved manufacturing plant up-time and reductions in … [Read more...]

Northeastern University Aims to Set New Standard for Higher Ed with Advanced Microgrid

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Northeastern University says it is developing a microgrid that sets the bar for higher education, using a self-funded approach to harden its campus resiliency while achieving sustainability goals. Now in planning, the integrated microgrid will serve the university’s 73-acre campus in Boston, a city that experiences urban power congestion and … [Read more...]

Alexa, Please Turn the Power Back on. Alexa? Alexa?

non-wires alternatives

We worry about the big calamities like hurricanes and cyberattacks that cause long power outages. But let’s face it, for most of us momentary outages are more likely to disrupt our daily lives. Mike Edmonds, chief commercial officer for S&C Electric, thinks about this when his 5-year-old son calls out: “Alexa, bedtime story!” Raised … [Read more...]

Microgrids “Shining Light” for US in World Energy Markets: Report

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US growth lags globally when it comes to technologies used in electricity delivery and management with one exception — the microgrid market — says a new report by the advocacy group Advanced Energy Economy. “In the US market, microgrids are a shining light,” says AEE’s 2019 market report, which looks at global energy revenue trends from … [Read more...]