California Demonstration Brings Prosumers into Energy Markets

A prototype community southeast of Los Angeles, California, aims to demonstrate the advantages of prosumers in a disadvantaged community selling into electricity markets and reaping a cleaner environment plus income and resilience. The Basset-Avocado Advanced Energy Community (BAAEC) is funded in part by a $9 million grant from the California … [Read more...]

Clean Energy Stimulus Spending Could Jump Start Growth, Report Finds

With Congress eyeing another coronavirus economic package, a new report finds that federal economic stimulus spending on clean energy, including microgrids, electric vehicles and energy storage, could jump start a surge in economic growth.  So far, the clean energy sector has been left out of the federal COVID-19 stimulus, but an incoming … [Read more...]

Snohomish County PUD Chooses Doosan V2G Tech for Microgrid

Snohomish County PUD (SnoPUD) will use Doosan GridTech's vehicle-to-grid (V2G) energy management system to control two V2G fleet charging stations at its Arlington, Washington microgrid.  The V2G system can charge a car and allow the vehicle's energy to flow back to the grid for support during an outage. This pilot program explores the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Powered Mobility Hub Opens in Berlin, Germany

Aral, Germany’s largest gas station chain, operating around 2,400 filling stations, has opened a microgrid-powered mobility hub in the center of Berlin, Germany. The site will act a pilot for the future of mobility. The hub is a multifunctional fueling station, with two new electric vehicle charging stations. The 320-kW location is not … [Read more...]

California All-Electric Vehicle Goal Leads to CleanSpark Acquisition

California’s goal to phase out gasoline-powered cars by 2035 puts state agencies, public sector companies and utilities on a fast track to build supporting electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure. That’s why CleanSpark, a software and services company, is joining the EV charging station market with its recently acquired subsidiary, … [Read more...]

How New York is Changing the Energy Storage Play in US Competitive Markets

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) last month became the first competitive venue in the world to allow energy storage to fully participate in a wholesale energy market. Stemming from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 841, which directs all independent system operators (ISO) and regional transmission … [Read more...]

California Awards $10.8M to Reuse EV Batteries in Solar & Microgrid Projects

The California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded $10.8 million to four projects that will explore repurposing used batteries from electric vehicles (EV), partly to support microgrids. The awards approved in meetings in June and July stemmed from a solicitation for research and development projects showing how used batteries could … [Read more...]

Connecticut to Look at Resilience, Renewables & NWAs in Grid Modernization Proceeding

Connecticut has launched three new proceedings to explore grid modernization policies that are likely to be of interest to the microgrid community. Underway before the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), the three policy tracks will look at reliability and system resilience metrics and targets, non-wires alternatives, and the … [Read more...]

Heads Up Microgrid Developers. EVs will Create $30-50B Need for Generation and Storage

A new report by The Brattle Group finds that electric vehicles (EVs) could spur the need for a $30-50 billion investment in generation and energy storage — a figure likely to catch the attention of microgrid developers. The microgrid industry sees electric vehicles creating new markets for microgrids, particularly when located in areas that … [Read more...]

Homes Gain Momentum as ‘Grid Flexibililty’ Resources

Call them nanogrids, smart homes, or something else, households are increasingly shaping up as a means to leverage grid flexibility, and energy companies are stepping forward with a range of products to advance the market. Circuit breakers, energy control platforms, batteries, aggregations, virtual power plants, non-wires alternatives and … [Read more...]