Electric Resilience to Get FERC-level Attention. But Not the Way the Trump Administration Hoped

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled Monday that it will make energy resilience “a priority” -- but not in the way U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry had requested. The commission rejected the energy secretary's assertion that retirement of coal and nuclear plants threatens electric resilience. Instead FERC plans to look at … [Read more...]

The Brains Behind the Brain of the Microgrid: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

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A lot of disagreement exists about what constitutes a microgrid. But there are two things people generally agree on. First, a microgrid can island or isolate itself from the central grid. Second, they are governed by a microgrid controller that acts as a management brain and distinguishes the system from being just a "dumb" amalgamation of power … [Read more...]

From Mind Meld to Microgrids in Puerto Rico

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In a continuing mission to restore critical electrical power to the people of Puerto Rico, Task Force Power Restoration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is using microgrid technology to temporarily power areas that have been hardest hit by Hurricane Maria. Capt. Aaron Anderson, TF Power Restoration, is the operations officer leading the effort, … [Read more...]

Rocky Mountain Institute: Top 10 Clean Energy Developments of 2017

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Laurie Guevara-Stone of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) explains why it was a good year for solar, renewable microgrids, energy efficiency, blockchain, climate change efforts and other clean energy initiatives. Sure 2017 had its mishaps (and we’re not just talking about the La La Land/Moonlight fiasco). But it also had some great moments. … [Read more...]

Microgrid News from NRG Energy, Cummins, USA Microgrids, Navigant

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Partnership to watch: NRG Energy and Cummins Here is one to watch. Energy giant NRG Energy and engine manufacturer Cummins have formed a partnership to offer distributed energy systems for commercial and industrial customers. The partnership brings together NRG’s distributed energy capabilities with Cummins’ generators into a platform … [Read more...]

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Vehicle-to-Grid Services

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All eyes are on Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) as it tests the ability of EVs to help power homes during outages and provide demand response. Will vehicle-to-grid live up to its big promise? Industry insiders are both optimistic and cautious. “The biggest challenge to using EVs to flow power back to the grid is that doing so would … [Read more...]

NYPA Expects to Announce Winner for Albany Microgrid 1st Q 2018

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The New York Power Authority (NYPA) expects to choose a contractor in the first quarter of 2018 to build the 16-MW Albany microgrid at the 98-acre Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza. The authority issued a request for proposals last year seeking a design/build team to complete permitting and interconnection requirements, … [Read more...]

Florida Bill Calls for $10M Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Pilot in Wake of Hurricane Irma

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A state representative from the Florida Keys introduced legislation this week to create a $10 million solar plus storage microgrid program to bolster resiliency for critical facilities. HB 1133 comes after Hurricane Irma’s battering of the state on September 10, a storm linked to the deaths of about a dozen nursing home patients after a power … [Read more...]

New York Opens the Year with a Triple Boost for Energy Storage

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave energy storage a triple boost yesterday with the release of a series of new climate change initiatives. First, Cuomo called for 1,500 MW of energy storage in New York by 2025, a goal he sees the state reaching through regulatory changes and utility solicitations. Second, he proposed that the NY Green Bank … [Read more...]

How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids

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Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply. First came Hurricane Harvey in late August with wind and water knocking out 10,000 MW of generating capacity in Texas. Then on … [Read more...]