PXiSE Aims to Create “Federation of Microgrids” in Australia with DERMS

Federation of Microgrids

Sempra subsidiary PXiSE Energy Solutions plans to create a federation of microgrids to boost renewable energy in remote Australia towns under a new agreement with utility Horizon Energy. Many of the isolated towns now have mini-grids or microgrids, each about 1 MW in size, that burn up to 95 percent diesel, said Patrick Lee, president of … [Read more...]

Smoothing The Sun: Ultracapacitors On UC San Diego’s Microgrid

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Maxwell Technologies' Jessica Baris explores the ins and outs of the innovative ultracapacitors on UC San Diego’s microgrid and how the energy storage system works.  For a smattering of days this year, Mike Wilk’s office space was a grove of eucalyptus trees on UC San Diego’s coastal campus. Wilk, a senior systems engineer at Maxwell … [Read more...]

Grid Flexibility, Energy Storage, Microgrids Win Funding in NYPA 2019 Budget

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The New York Power Authority (NYPA) yesterday announced hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for energy storage, demand management, microgrids, electric vehicle charging and other distributed energy resources. NYPA made the announcement following a board of trustees' vote to approve its 2019 budget. The budget includes $250 million … [Read more...]

Behind-the-Meter Solar PV, Energy Storage Set to Shift Calif. Time-of-Use Rates

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In California, it can get expensive and complex for utilities to deliver electricity when demand is high. To help mediate these costs, California's utilities offer time-of-use (TOU) rates, prices for power based on demand trends on the grid. A new white paper from Enel X explores how behind-the-meter solar PV and energy storage are aligning to … [Read more...]

Homeland Security Calls for Microgrid-Driven Community Enclaves

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A new Homeland Security report calls for creation of microgrid-driven community enclaves as part of a larger safety strategy should the United States experience a catastrophic power failure. Issued by the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), which reports to Homeland Security, the report looked at the nation’s readiness to … [Read more...]

Can DC Microgrids be Simpler, Faster, Secure? Sandia, Emera Aim to Find Out

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In alternating current (AC) microgrids, there’s always the need to convert direct current (DC) storage, solar and other elements to AC. But with DC microgrids, all that could change -- and possibly reap simplicity, quickness, and cost savings, said Abraham Ellis, program manager for Sandia National Laboratories' renewable and distributed systems … [Read more...]

Ohio Trucking Terminal Installs Renewable Energy Microgrid

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Regional trucking and logistics company Pitt Ohio is deploying a renewable energy microgrid at a trucking terminal in Parma, Ohio. Being built by WindStax and EnSync, the microgrid uses solar, wind power and battery-based energy storage to optimize on-site power and distribution for cost and reliability, based on Pitt Ohio's needs and utility … [Read more...]

How Fast is Energy Storage Growing? Here are the Numbers

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It's a bull market for energy storage, as evidenced by two separate reports issued this week by leading analytical firms. A quarterly report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Energy Storage Association (ESA) found a doubling of US energy storage projects in the pipeline, bringing the number to 32.9 GW. The report forecasts that … [Read more...]

Culver City, California Considers a Microgrid Following Move to Community Aggregation

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Culver City, California, better known as the home of movie studios, is setting the stage to host a microgrid, with a feasibility study underway by Willdan Group. The city plans to pursue the microgrid for two main reasons: “We want to save money and energy,” said Charles Herbertson, Culver City’s public works director and engineer. The city … [Read more...]

Energy-as-a-Service Offers Hope to Airports, Railways and Seaports through Technological and Financial Innovation

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Karen Morgan, president and CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks, explores how energy-as-a-service can impact railways, airports and seaports to increase resiliency for America's transportation.  Railways, airports and seaports connect people and goods in essential ways, both locally and globally. Unfortunately, this connection becomes vulnerable … [Read more...]