Maine Enacts Beneficial Electrification Law; State to Issue RFP for Pilot Projects

Maine's governor has signed into law a bill that boosts beneficial electrification -- the electrification of technologies that would otherwise use fossil fuels — in an effort to improve efficiency, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and cut consumer costs.  Electrification of transportation and buildings is seen as a driver for microgrids, since it … [Read more...]

Is Load Flexibility the New Demand Response?

Demand response is reaching a saturation point, but load flexibility is emerging as its new iteration, a 2.0 that is much more powerful and could become a 200 GW grid resource for the U.S. by 2030. That’s the word from the Brattle Group, in a report, “The National Potential for Load Flexibility: Value and Market Potential through 2030.” Among … [Read more...]

Eversource Takes Local Energy Concept to New Level with New Hampshire Microgrid Plan

Eversource plans to develop an energy storage microgrid in New Hampshire that takes the local energy concept to a new level by pairing the microgrid with a bring-your-own-device program. The project also offers an example of a path for utilities to develop microgrids when state rules allow utility ownership of energy storage. Charlotte … [Read more...]

Clean Energy Patents: What’s Up, What’s Down and How Do the Trends Portend Markets?

A new analysis of clean energy patents reveals increases in electric vehicles and smart green home patents, upswings in blockchain, and decreases in solar and other energy harvesting filings. The report, the Patenting Trends Study, based on data through 2018, also found patents decreasing for smart grids, a term that generally describes the … [Read more...]

Microgrids “Shining Light” for US in World Energy Markets: Report

US growth lags globally when it comes to technologies used in electricity delivery and management with one exception — the microgrid market — says a new report by the advocacy group Advanced Energy Economy. “In the US market, microgrids are a shining light,” says AEE’s 2019 market report, which looks at global energy revenue trends from … [Read more...]

How Massachusetts Compensates Battery Storage Owners for Energy Efficiency: Report

When most people think of energy efficiency, they think of using fewer electrons. But the Clean Energy Group has an expanded definition — to shift energy usage from high peaks to low demand times. And it says that battery storage is the important new technology to allow this. The Clean Energy Group, supported by the Barr Foundation and the … [Read more...]

Consumers Energy Plans Smart Energy District To Attract New Business

Communities across America are trying to reinvent themselves — to become 21st Century models where businesses will locate and younger people will want to live. And one such idea is the “smart city,” which entails everything from creating green spaces to renewable energy hubs. The city of Jackson, Mich. is trying to do just that, using its downtown … [Read more...]

How to Use Cleaner Diesel in Microgrids

We often think of diesel as dirty, and view renewable microgrids as one way to eliminate the use of diesel and other fossil fuels. However, more and more, diesel-backed microgrids can be cleaner, if they rely on the newer, Tier-4 generators. It all depends on where the power is needed, what fuels are available, and how much the microgrid … [Read more...]

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

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

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...]