Santa Barbara School District Looks at 18 Sites for Microgrids. Intends to Issue RFP

California’s rapid embrace of microgrids continued this week with a Santa Barbara school district approving feasibility studies for solar microgrids that it wants to fast track at as many as 18 sites. The Santa Barbara Unified School District voted Monday to hire the Clean Coalition and Sage Energy Consulting to conduct the studies and … [Read more...]

Bloomberg Forecasts Another Large Drop in Battery Energy Storage Prices

BloombergNEF (BNEF) delivered good news this week for microgrid projects that plan to incorporate storage (which are many). Battery energy storage prices are set to take another big dive. BNEF’s 2019 Battery Price Survey forecasts that the average price for battery energy storage will be close to $100/kWh by 2023, down from $156/kWh this … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Senate Advances Transportation Electrification Bill

An electrification bill moving through the Pennsylvania General Assembly, if passed, would support the development of electric vehicle infrastructure in the state. The state’s Senate on November 19 voted 43-6 in favor of the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act (Senate Bill 596), sponsored by Republican Sen. Bob Mensch. The … [Read more...]

EV Charging Trends: Solar Absorption, Demand Response, Green 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

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...]

Can We Really Reach These Big Green Goals?

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

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

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

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

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...]