Not Only Texas Went Dark in February: After Storm, Portland, Oregon Tests Resiliency Partnerships

Texas captured worldwide attention in February when a devastating storm crippled the state's power system. But at about the same time, and to much less fanfare, part of the Northwest struggled with similar issues. Portland, Oregon, experienced power outages because of severe weather that left about 200,000 customers in the dark, some for several … [Read more...]

EVs Are a Disruptive Force. Smart Microgrids Are the Answer to Manage the Disruption

Scott Kessler, head of Microgrid Strategy & Sales at Siemens, describes electric vehicles (EVs) as classic disruptive technology and explains how microgrids manage the disruption. The headlines in 2021 from automakers making bold EV commitments have been dizzying. Jaguar, Volvo and General Motors have pledged to make 100% electric … [Read more...]

Washington State Cooperative Installs First of Many Microgrids Planned for Islands

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) has set up a 500-kW solar microgrid on Decatur Island, one of several island microgrids planned for the San Juan Islands, off the north coast of Washington. “I consider this the first of many ... to help maintain our power reliability as we transition away from carbon based fuels,” Foster Hildreth, … [Read more...]

New Siemens Microgrid Plans to Provide Flexibility for Vienna’s Grid

A new microgrid at the Siemens corporate headquarters in Vienna, Austria, was officially completed in November 2020, with plans to provide balancing services to Austria's electricity transmission system operator. Under construction since 2019, the Siemens campus microgrid includes 312 kW at peak capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, … [Read more...]

Russelectric Demonstrates EV Chargers in Microgrid and Other News from Instant On and Indian Energy

Russelectric adds EV charging stations to microgrid at headquarters The hybrid microgrid designed to power Russelectric’s Hingham Massachusetts headquarters and demonstrate new customer solutions now has two electric vehicle charging stations. These will provide additional back-up power during outages, add a new research platform, and charge … [Read more...]

Energy Industry Players Moving out of their Swim Lanes

New business models — such as utility use of mobile batteries for peak demand — are now emerging, along with new and needed distributed energy resource (DER) integration models, according to two new reports from Deloitte. Markets aren’t providing enough compensation for distributed energy resources (DER) which is blocking their expansion on the … [Read more...]

EDF Renewables to Install “Crown Jewel” of San Diego Port’s Climate Plan: A Microgrid

The Port of San Diego, one of a growing number of large infrastructure projects incorporating microgrids, has taken the next big step in its climate plan by awarding a $2.7 million microgrid installation contract to EDF Renewables Distribution Systems. “We are excited. We’re in a race to be the first microgrid at a port in the US,” said … [Read more...]

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...]