Can We Really Reach These Big Green Goals?

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How fast the US adopts renewable energy and electric vehicles is likely to influence microgrid growth. So where are renewables and EVs heading? Are the big goals we hear about just aspiration or are they destination?  Hawaii, Maine, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are pursuing 100% renewables. About a dozen states have set standards … [Read more...]

Another City — San Jose, California — Goes All Electric in a Growing Trend

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In an effort to decarbonize, San Jose on Tuesday became the largest California city to embrace all electric buildings. The city council approved measures to boost efficiency in new non-residential buildings with gas infrastructure, beginning January 2020, and to ensure new buildings are electric vehicle (EV) ready. In addition, the city … [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...]

Researchers Propose Floating Microgrids Made up of Electric Boats

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Electric boats may enable floating microgrids that could serve islands that have historically been powered by fossil fuels, according to a report from researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. “Powering small islands with reliable, affordable and green electricity is a big challenge due to their dispersed … [Read more...]

The Quick-Thinking, Self-Driving Energy Grid of the Future

autonomous energy grid

A quick-thinking, self-driving energy grid of the future — an autonomous energy grid — is being developed by researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The goal is to integrate and make the best use of the many distributed energy resources (DERs) expected to come online in coming years, providing for fast-acting … [Read more...]

Georgia Makes a Big Clean Energy Move

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Georgia isn’t usually associated with bold clean energy moves, but this week state regulators decided to make some history. The Public Service Commission did so in a vote on Georgia Power’s integrated resource plan (IRP), a strategy that outlines what resources the utility plans to use over 20 years. (Dockets 42310 and 42311). Filed in … [Read more...]

Maine Enacts Beneficial Electrification Law; State to Issue RFP for Pilot Projects

beneficial electrification

Maine's governor has signed into law a bill that boosts beneficial electrification -- the electrification of technologies that would otherwise use fossil fuels — in an effort to improve efficiency, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and cut consumer costs.  Electrification of transportation and buildings is seen as a driver for microgrids, since it … [Read more...]

How Midwestern Cities are Taking Electric Vehicles beyond the Passenger Car

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As electric vehicles become more common, they are expected to drive development of microgrids to serve charging stations. Here a team from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) looks at Midwestern cities that are taking electric vehicles beyond the passenger car.  When you think about electric vehicles (EVs), you might first think of … [Read more...]

Electrification of Transportation and Buildings to Drive $13.3 Trillion in New Investment: BNEF

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Demand for electricity will increase 62% though 2050, driving $13.3 trillion in new investment, as the world increasingly pursues electrification of buildings and transportation, according to a new report by BloombergNEF. "The New Energy Outlook 2019" (NEO 2019) forecasts a 12 TW expansion of generating capacity, of which renewables make up … [Read more...]

Can These Electric Vehicle Codes Lead to Grid Benefits?

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New codes requiring electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in commercial buildings have passed an important hurdle, paving the way for a boost in electric vehicle use that can also provide grid benefits. The commercial International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) committee approved codes proposed by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project … [Read more...]