WattEV Plans 25-MW Electric Truck Stop Microgrid

Startup company WattEV plans to build a first-of-its-kind, 25-MW microgrid in Bakersfield, California, that would host chargers for electric trucks. "Having it as a microgrid with its own solar generation and battery storage is key to being able to have a stable supply of affordable high-power electricity for the chargers," said Salim … [Read more...]

Replay of Conference Sessions on Microgrid Costs and Savings — Free through June 3

Along with many others in the Southeastern US, I found myself searching in vain for gasoline this week, a circumstance that reminded me of the importance of local energy. Somewhere far off in another country, a hacker infiltrated a US energy company, crippling a fuel supply line that runs 5,500 miles from New York to Texas and leaving me, … [Read more...]

Depot-Based Electric Vehicles Like ‘Mobile Microgrids to Support the Grid’

Electric buses, delivery trucks and other fleet vehicles are like mobile microgrids that can help balance the grid, and their depots offer huge potential to reduce peak usage through demand response programs that also yield income. That’s the goal of CPower Energy Management, a distributed energy resource (DER) aggregator that recently … [Read more...]

Grid Optimization and Resilience with Dynamic Grid Modeling

A new white paper from Veritone explains how Cooperative Distributed Inferencing (CDI) technology delivers cost-effective resilience and grid optimization through real-time dynamic grid modeling. Today's electrical grids are dynamic and unpredictable. Extreme weather, natural disasters, fluctuating power and unpredictable green energy … [Read more...]

Menlo Park, California, Issues RFP for Microgrid at Campus Paid for by Facebook

Menlo Park, California, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) that seeks a company to design, build and operate a solar-based microgrid and electric vehicle chargers for a community center. The city is holding an optional prebid meeting on April 21 at 11 a.m. PDT. Bids are due May 18 and city staff expect to provide a contract to the … [Read more...]

What FERC Order 2222-A Means for Microgrids and Energy Democracy

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 2222-A, released March 18, continues efforts by US regulators to remove barriers for aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs) in wholesale markets. And it may unlock new revenue streams for microgrids. That’s the word from Norman Bay, former chairman of FERC, who called the order … [Read more...]

How Behind the Meter Assets Can Help — or Hinder — Utility Energy Management in Texas

More and more, utilities are deploying behind the meter (BTM) assets — particularly energy storage and electric vehicles (EV) — to reduce their loads, balance their systems and provide resilience. In the wake of a February  outage, Portland General Electric said it has been testing projects that deploy customer sited storage to help boost … [Read more...]

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...]