Western Australia Utility Tests Solar Plus Storage, Microgrids to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARNEA) has awarded Western Australia's Horizon Power US$1.44 million toward a distributed solar plus storage microgrid to test how weather affects behind-the-meter solar networks and improve upon microgrids. The ultimate goal is to reduce reliance on fossil fuel power generation while delivering reliable, … [Read more...]

Illinois is the Grid Modernization Market to Watch: Report

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Illinois is emerging as the best kept secret in grid modernization, taking big strides that go unnoticed in the shadow of high visibility coastal states that are pushing for flashier industry reforms. That's the word from a new report, “Generation to Generation: An Energy Evolution," by management consulting firm ScottMadden. The report finds … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Florida Aims for Hip, Two-Way Grid of the Future

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Duke Energy Florida has plans to re-make its grid into a two-way grid that incorporates renewable energy, storage, electric vehicle charging stations and smart meters and boosts resiliency. The plan is a blueprint for re-making a dated grid into a more fashionable system that’s bidirectional, flexible, protects itself against power outages … [Read more...]

Japanese Consortium Launches Landmark Industrial Microgrid Demo in Rajasthan

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Japan’s NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Organization), Hitachi, Hitachi Systems and Itochu, in conjunction with the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, are launching an industrial microgrid demonstration project in India. Built to reliably supply power for a Mikuni India manufacturing facility in the Neemrana … [Read more...]

Microgrid Incentives: What’s Needed to Spur More Microgrids?

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Many energy technologies receive some sort of utility or government incentive -- especially those that are new and promising -- but need an early nudge to win the market's confidence. Microgrid incentives, however, remain scarce in the U.S. They do exist, but come mostly in the form of grants from a handful of states. Or some microgrids capture … [Read more...]

Con Ed Gets Okay on More Non-Wires Alternatives: “What Was New Has Become Normal”

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Not so long ago, mentioning the term non-wires alternatives evoked a “Huh?” But now in New York, non-wires alternatives are becoming standard utility business practice, as evidenced Thursday by an important state Public Service Commission vote. The commission approved an indefinite extension of Consolidated Edison's Brooklyn-Queens Demand … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Energy Storage Target Comes with Less Clout but More Money

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Massachusetts' new energy storage target isn't mandatory as some industry players had hoped -- but comes with more money. The state Department of Energy Resources (DOER) on Friday announced the much-awaited specifics of the program. The state called for utilities to secure 200 MWh of energy storage by 2020. But the target is “aspirational” -- … [Read more...]

NY Green Bank Exceeds Financial Goals, Readies for Significant Microgrid Investment

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The NY Green Bank, which is financing microgrids, solar, wind and a range of other green energy projects, has beat its financial goals for the year, according to a report issued late last week. The public/private fund generated $2.7 million in net positive income for 2016/17, with revenue exceeding costs one year ahead of expectations. In … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Increases Efficiency, But May Not Cut Carbon: Study

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A team of economists from Wisconsin, Quebec and Norway find that energy storage increases efficiency across the entire electricity sector. But it does not necessarily lead to less fossils fuels and more renewables, as is often thought. The researchers discuss the study below. Research recently published in the European Economic Review shows that … [Read more...]

Research Microgrid in Alabama Neighborhood an IQ Test for Smart Systems

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A new residential neighborhood in Alabama will feature a research microgrid that aims to help Alabama Power better understand the benefits and appeal of smart systems, including microgrids and appliances that can be controlled by phones. Smart Neighborhood, a community of 62 homes, is a partnership among the utility, developer Signature … [Read more...]