How to Keep Africa’s Minigrids from Becoming a Bridge to Nowhere

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A push is on to bring electricity to the nearly one billion people who lack it worldwide. But if you build it will they come? Apparently not, as some minigrid developers are finding in Sub-Saharan Africa. Electricity does little good for those who have nothing to plug in. And unfortunately that’s too often the case in remote areas with new … [Read more...]

School District and City to Reap Benefits of Utility-Owned Microgrid, Thanks to Group Effort

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A group effort by Puget Sound Energy, the city of Tenino, Wash., a nonprofit organization, and others has yielded plans for a utility-owned microgrid that can island and provide power to the Tenino School District. Under the effort, called the Tenino Innovation and Education Through Renewables (TIER) project, numerous funders are backing a … [Read more...]

New York Approves Strategy to Install 3,000 MW of Energy Storage

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New York state regulators yesterday approved energy storage goals of 1,500 MW by 2025 and 3,000 MW by 2030, plus a strategy to reach them, including a $310 million incentive program. The commission has been considering its energy strategy for several months and collecting recommendations from industry players that ranged from accelerating … [Read more...]

Let’s Re-Design Wholesale Market Rules To Reap The Benefits of Solar and Wind: Report

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Making wholesale power market rules friendlier to solar and wind energy could bring numerous cost and flexibility benefits, said a new report from a non-profit dedicated to strengthening the U.S. economy with renewable energy. Even though the prices of solar and wind energy are lower in many areas than conventional options, grid operators … [Read more...]

Study Finds Los Angeles is Getting Hotter, Threatening Electric Reliability

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It may get much hotter in Los Angeles County in coming decades, exposing grid vulnerabilities and challenging electric reliability, according to university researchers. LA County's electricity infrastructure may suffer capacity losses as high as 240 MW, as population grows and temperatures rise from 2021-2060, according to "Climate Change in … [Read more...]

Utilities See Future Profits in Microgrids: Survey

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Utilities see microgrids and related technologies as future revenue opportunities to help counter dampened profits from their traditional services, according to a new study from Accenture. The finding came from a survey of 150 utility executives across more than 25 countries, part of Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research program, now … [Read more...]

Ameresco Wins Contract for 20-MW Military Microgrid in Texas

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Ameresco has scored a large win — a $133.5 million package — to install a 20-MW microgrid and energy resiliency and efficiency improvements at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) in Texas. The award came from Defense Logistics Agency Energy, which manages the global supply chain for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, 10 … [Read more...]

Big Bid Theory Interviews Elisa Wood about Energy Efficiency, Microgrids, Nanogrids and Virtual Power Plants

Elisa Wood

The Big Bid Theory this week interviewed Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, about energy efficiency, microgrids, nanogrids and virtual power plants. Now in its fourth season, The Big Bid Theory podcast is produced in Austin, Texas, and focuses on technology and other topics for a national audience of business and government … [Read more...]

Port of San Diego to Demonstrate How Microgrids Benefit Ports Worldwide

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The Port of San Diego aims to show the world just how much microgrids benefit ports with its solar microgrid project, supported with a $4.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). About $4.4 million in matching funds will be provided by the port for the microgrid, which is expected to have 700 kW of solar and 700 kW of … [Read more...]

Shouldn’t We Have More DC Microgrids?

DC microgrids

Direct current (DC) microgrids offer a lot of advantages in today's digitally networked, electrified world. Yet they face challenges gaining acceptance on the US grid where alternating current (AC) dominates. That's not to say DC isn't used. Much of the high-power electrical equipment and machinery used in industry, buildings and … [Read more...]