A Smart Move by the Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid during COVID-19

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With the economy in a holding pattern because of COVID-19, energy use is uncharacteristically low. A couple of weeks ago Blue Lake Rancheria began to worry that the low demand spelled trouble for its microgrid. However, the microgrid controller was thinking a step ahead of everybody. The Humboldt, California tribal facility installed the … [Read more...]

Why Microgrid Projects Start with Energy Monitoring and Energy Efficiency

Why do microgrid projects need to start with energy monitoring and energy efficiency? Jules Nohra, director of optimization services, Veolia North America, explains in an interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor. Why is it important to make a facility as energy efficient as possible before you install a microgrid? Jules … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Likely to Spur More Microgrid Development 

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History tells us that disasters tend to spur new interest in microgrids. This pandemic is no exception as COVID-19 strains hospitals, data centers and food distribution and delivery systems, making power outages unthinkable. A quote in the Wall Street Journal by Peggy Noonan, being widely circulated on social media, sums up how important … [Read more...]

Lessons from Microgrids for the COVID-19 Crisis

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Trevor Gionet and Kay Aikin of Introspective Systems explain how flattening the COVID-19 curve is much like managing the grid with microgrids and demand response. There are parallels between COVID-19 responses and the management of the electrical grid of the future. Concepts like “flattening the curve” and” self-quarantine” are concepts not … [Read more...]

Less Risk, More Arbitrage Income for Microgrid Operators and Owners?

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Often, microgrid operators have the choice of either purchasing a fixed supply contract or playing in the market, but not both, said James McGinniss, CEO and co-founder, David Energy, a competitive retail electricity supplier. “Microgrid customers are often faced with a bad choice: They can take an indexed contract in order to capitalize on … [Read more...]

Pacific Gas & Electric Temporarily Suspends Microgrid Solicitation

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Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) says it has temporarily suspended — but not canceled — a request for offers (RFO) issued in December for 20 microgrid projects. The decision came after various stakeholders expressed concern about the California utility's aggressive deadline to get the microgrids built in 2020. PG&E had hoped the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Company Uses Know-how to Provide California with Ventilators

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With the US facing a potential five-fold ventilator shortage, microgrid company Bloom Energy has figured out a quick way to refurbish ventilators on behalf of the state of California. Specialists in fuel cell microgrids, the Silicon Valley company took on the task at the request of California Governor Gavin Newsom. Newsom approached Bloom … [Read more...]

Could COVID-19 Give Rise to the Home Microgrid? 

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) could alter who needs reliable energy — and when — and place new importance on residential microgrids. While it’s too soon to gauge energy trends after society emerges from isolatation, short-term indicators may offer clues. For one, we’re seeing what it means when a significant portion of the US population … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Likely to Create Desire for Energy Self-Reliance: Australia

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Energy leaders in Australia describe what’s ahead for solar and storage as a result of COVID-19. Sophie Vorrath of One Step off the Grid reports.  Concerns around the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the Australian solar industry have shifted from supply to demand as manufacturers in China resume business-almost-as-usual, but the … [Read more...]

Engie EPS Cites Earnings Uncertainty from Coronavirus. Sticks to Long-term Microgrid Strategy

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Engie EPS sees microgrids and energy storage as key to its growth, but expects a short-term disruption because its manufacturing facilities are in Italy, which has been heavily hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19).  The technology division of France-based energy giant Engie issued the warning in its 2019 earnings results released March … [Read more...]