California Seeks Way to Get Energy Choice Right This Time

customer choice

Given its influence, it’s never a pretty sight when California goes astray on energy policy. The energy crisis of 2000-01 still looms large. Its rolling blackouts and skyrocketing costs impaired America’s then nascent customer choice movement. But fast forward nearly two decades and customer choice is reborn -- although not in the way the … [Read more...]

Open Networks: Laying the Foundation for the UK’s Future Electricity Grid

UK grid

Yasmin Ali, a London-based writer for Microgrid Knowledge, offers insight into the transformation occuring on the UK grid, as distributed energy increasingly gives consumers an opportunity to become power producers. A county in the southwestern tip of England is trialing technology that could have broad implications for the way power is … [Read more...]

Surprise, Confusion and Now a Closer Look at the Carson Microgrid

community microgrid

The city council of Carson, California has opted to take a closer look at a community microgrid proposed by Charge Bliss, although the city manager recommended that the project be nixed. With a September deadline looming for a potential $10 million state grant, the council scheduled a workshop on the microgrid for Tuesday, August 14. The … [Read more...]

HIMC 2018 Approaching this October in San Diego

HIMC 2018

Mark your calendars for the 6th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference and Exhibition (HIMC), scheduled for this fall, October 8-10, at Paradise Point Resort in San Diego. The focus of HIMC 2018, designed for all distributed energy professionals?  To advance the growing market of microgrid systems.  Attendees of the annual … [Read more...]

Will this California City Become a Shining Example for Microgrids or a Cautionary Tale?

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To David Bliss the proposed Carson City solar project offers the best of what the microgrid industry offers: a way to help green the energy supply of a disadvantaged community, save it some money, and provide electric reliability. So the founder of Charge Bliss is bewildered by what he’s about to face today: a possible vote by the city … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Lawmakers Pass Bill that Opens New Prospects for Microgrids

microgrid opportunities in Massachusetts

Energy insiders see the emergence of new microgrid opportunities in Massachusetts from clean energy legislation passed last week and now awaiting the signature of Gov. Charlie Baker. An Act to Advance Clean Energy (H.4857) won unanimous Senate support and near-unanimous House support, with only one nay vote. The legislation opens up … [Read more...]

How Different the California Grid Will Look by 2025

community choice aggregations

Quickly growing community choice aggregations (CCA) are expected to play a significant role in drawing 85 percent of customers away from California's investor-owned utilities by 2025, according to a new report. The community aggregation report was one of three on grid disruption released by Next 10, an organization with a goal of improving … [Read more...]

From Kansas Ranch to Air Adventure, New Mobile Microgrid Makes the Rounds

mobile microgrid

Surveying the market for a mobile microgrid system for the company ranch, Faith Technologies couldn't find an off-the-shelf solution that met its requirements. So the company built one. *Photo provided by Faith Technologies CEO Mike Jansen began contemplating the idea because the grid serving the company's 1,000-acre western Kansas ranch … [Read more...]

How Energy-as-a-Service is Reducing the Risks of Energy Transformation at Campuses

Energy-as-a-Service on campuses

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Karen Morgan, president and CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks, explores how energy-as-a-service reduces the risk involved in energy updates and transformation on our college campuses. Energy-as-a-service on campuses can greatly lower the cost involved in microgrid build and deployment.  From an energy … [Read more...]

Enwave Wins Bid for South Australia District Energy System

district energy

Enwave has won a bid to install a district energy system that incorporates one of Australia’s largest rooftop solar arrays for the Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide, South Australia's capital city. Enwave Energy plans to invest about $40 million over a 50-year period on photovoltaics, battery storage, smart technologies and future … [Read more...]