California PUC Urged to Give Non-Utilities a Fair Crack at Microgrid Projects

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Shell Energy and Enel X are urging the California Public Utilities Commission to make sure non-utilities have a fair crack at providing microgrids in the state’s effort to ease the effects of planned power outages. The comments are in response to microgrid proposals released on January 21 by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern … [Read more...]

What Does a Microgrid Cost? It Depends on the Problem it Solves

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Microgrid Knowledge asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: What does a microgrid cost? In this entry in the series, Will Agate, VP, microgrid services at Ameresco, explores costs in the current market and how to develop a game plan for building and implementing successful microgrid systems.   I really like the question, … [Read more...]

Judge Rules Against Ban on Natural Gas Fuel Cells in Santa Clara, California

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In a ruling that could affect microgrid options in California, a judge said Santa Clara, California, violated state law when it passed a resolution banning non-renewable fuels for distributed generation, including fuel cells. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thomas Kuhnle last month agreed with Bloom Energy that the California … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Products Roundup: New DERMS, Switchgear Simulators & FLISR

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Today's Microgrid Knowledge Products Roundup focuses on a joint flexibility solution that's a result of a new Schneider Electric and AutoGrid partnership, as well as products from Russelectric and G&W Electric. Schneider Electric and AutoGrid partner to simplify integration, increase visibility Schneider Electric and AutoGrid have partnered … [Read more...]

Are Energy-as-a-Service Microgrids the Next Logical Step for California…and the Rest of the U.S.?

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California often serves as a bellwether, and now it’s ringing an alarm about a new electric grid vulnerability. As other states brace for the impact of climate change, they watch California's wildfires and power shutoffs and wonder what's in store for them. A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure explores energy-as-a-service … [Read more...]

CAISO Confident Microgrids Can Move through Review Process before California’s Fire Season

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The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) is confident its existing rules and processes will allow planned microgrids and resiliency projects to be built before the next wildfire season. CAISO’s rules and procedures can handle the microgrids recently proposed by the state’s investor-owned utilities to help prevent planned power … [Read more...]

Rolls-Royce Explains its Qinous Acquisition and Microgrid Strategy

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Rolls-Royce, which in January acquired a majority share in the energy storage provider Qinous, aims to move from a product supplier to an energy storage solutions provider, with a focus on microgrids. Rolls-Royce acquired a 29.9% share in the company in October 2018, then in January boosted that to a 73.1% share. Qinous now has about 50 … [Read more...]

A Global Tour of Contrasting Microgrid and VPP Markets

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Peter Asmus of Guidehouse explores the different drivers impacting microgrid and virtual power plant (VPP) uptake.  The stars are aligning for distributed energy resources (DER) to play an increasingly important role in providing energy services across both retail and wholesale markets. Recent forecasts from Navigant Research, a Guidehouse … [Read more...]

Final New Jersey Energy Master Plan Makes Way for Microgrids

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy this week unveiled the state’s energy master plan, which includes provisions to facilitate the proliferation of microgrids in the state. The plan is intended to move the state toward a goal of 100% clean energy by 2050. To bolster the plan, Murphy also signed Executive Order No. 100, which directs the New Jersey … [Read more...]

Today is the Deadline to Register for Microgrid 2020 to Receive Discount

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Today is the deadline to register to receive a $400 advanced registration discount to the world's largest microgrid conference and expo, Microgrid 2020. Sponsored by Microgrid Knowledge, this year's conference will be held June 2-3 in Philadelphia, Pa. The conference will focus on microgrids, distributed energy and electrification in both … [Read more...]