Southern California Edison to Test Using Price Signals with DERs

Southern California Edison will use transactive energy management software from Opus One Solutions to improve the dispatch of distributed solar panels using prices signals. Opus, a startup based in Toronto, Canada, says its software combines a market management system with a participant interface to engage customers and establish operating … [Read more...]

Why Renewable Microgrids Now?

The simple answer, of course, is that renewables create clean energy. But it turns out the argument for renewable microgrids is evolving — a lot.  Renewables can offer better price, fuel security and reliability, especially when compared with diesel generators, according to Nathan Adams, director of technology and business development at … [Read more...]

Hurricane Hanna Demonstrates Value of Microgrids for 30 MW of Texas Load

Hurricane Hanna offered a case study in the value of microgrids when it hit the Texas Coast near Corpus Christi on July 25, causing widespread power outages. The hurricane dumped up to 18 inches of water in parts of Texas and about 200,000 utility customers lost power, some for more than two days. However, as the hurricane approached the … [Read more...]

Open Source Tech Improves Microgrids in Southeast Asia

In villages in Southeast Asia, a person often must sit inside a powerhouse to manually control the flow of water in small hydro microgrids to ensure the systems operate safely. “The operator will watch the system parameters and open or close the valve to the turbine to regulate the flow of water and therefore quantity of energy generated as … [Read more...]

Data Centers and Microgrids Partner to Change Power Delivery, Efficiency, and Economics

This final entry from our special report series shows how data centers and microgrids pair to update forms of power delivery, ramp up efficiency and save money.  In today’s connected world, a microgrid is a real technology making a real difference. These are the solutions that enable true energy-as-a-service designs, leveraging … [Read more...]

Siemens to Upgrade Microgrid at University in Oman

Siemens will upgrade a university microgrid in Oman in an effort that could lead to additional microgrids in the Middle Eastern country. The revamped microgrid at the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat will improve reliability and lower costs by combining electricity from solar, wind and battery storage, according to Siemens. The … [Read more...]

California Offers New Proposal to Break Down Barriers to Microgrids

Staff at the California Public Utilities Commission released a proposal last week that calls for a new microgrid pilot program, a special tariff for microgrids, and other measures to overcome barriers to microgrid development. The proposal comes in the second phase of a commission proceeding to help commercialize microgrids. The first phase … [Read more...]

Microgrids in Hospitals Bolster Public Health

Next up in this entry from our new special report series, we review why microgrids in hospitals may be a perfect fit — especially during COVID-19.    It is hard to imagine an institution more critical to public health and safety than a hospital. Unfortunately, hospitals are also vulnerable to the wide range of threats — floods, hurricanes, … [Read more...]

Hydrogen Becomes More Viable as a Microgrid Fuel

Hydrogen is becoming more viable as a microgrid fuel source, although few hydrogen microgrids exist yet and cost remains a challenge, industry members say. One example is a housing complex in Sweden where six public buildings run on electricity and heat from a microgrid that combines solar, batteries, heat pumps, hydrogen production and storage … [Read more...]

US Microgrid Installations Set Record in 2019: WoodMac Report

Last year brought the highest number of microgrid installations on record in the US, surpassing 500 systems, according to a Wood Mackenzie report released today. The “US microgrid Forecast H1 2020” also notes a shift in the type of projects being developed. New microgrids tend to be more modular — a trend advocated by the industry for years to … [Read more...]