The Texas Grid is the Latest Too-Big-to-Fail Story

Blame is being assigned at warp speed for the massive power outages on the Texas grid, but the most basic danger isn’t being discussed: Big grids by their nature are prone to big failures. That’s not to say we should do away with large grids — they offer an efficient way to deliver power to many people over a dispersed geography. But as … [Read more...]

S&P Innovation Manager Describes Technology to Improve the Financial Use Case for Microgrids

Isabel Tang, senior innovation manager at S&P Global Platts describes Distro Energy, a new energy trading platform designed to facilitate open energy market operation, help balance the grid, reduce the burden of microgrid implementation and improve the financial use case for microgrids. Watch the video of Lisa Cohn, managing editor of Microgrid … [Read more...]

Power Engineers Sees EV, Large-Scale Fleet Charging as Growing Business Opportunity

Erik Hale, power delivery manager, business unit director at Power Engineers, describes the potential in the EV and fleet charging market and how the energy industry is moving toward a carbon-free power grid. Hale was interviewed by Lisa Cohn of Microgrid Knowledge during Microgrid 2020 Global. To start, Hale shared a bit about his firm, as well … [Read more...]

Distributed Generation ‘Important, Efficient and Economical’ for Reliable Operation of Electric Grid

A new white paper from Generac explains why distributed generation is "important, efficient and economical" for the safe and reliable operation of the electric grid. The paper also looks at technologies that are best positioned to support the grid, including rich burn generation. This report aims to paint a clear picture of the different … [Read more...]

Built With Frugal Innovation, Solar Microgrids Improve Medical Care in the Himalayas

In remote villages in the Himalayas, medical centers often lack critical medical equipment, refrigerators for vaccines and dependable electricity for light and other essentials. But Paras Loomba intends to change that, bringing solar microgrids to medical centers, which will allow for vaccine storage, baby warmers, ventilators and other items that … [Read more...]

California Electricians Receive Training in Microgrids and Storage as Part of Climate, Equity Effort

A new training and certification program in California equips electricians with the skills needed to work with microgrids and storage, while aiming to ensure minority and disadvantaged residents benefit from the program. As part of the effort to train workers for jobs that address climate change, the California Workforce Development Board … [Read more...]

California Tribe Explores What Some See as the Future: Networked Microgrids

Not just anyone can develop networked microgrids. The problem? It requires ownership of the land on which all of the networked microgrids will be located, according to Tim McDuffie, senior business development engineer for Smarter Grid Solutions. His company has proposed networked microgrids for the Hoopa Valley Tribe, located in Hoopa, … [Read more...]

Innovative Energy Bank to be Deployed in French Towns

CIAC-IT, Networked Energy Services Corp. (NES), and their partners are set to deploy the VERTPOM Energy Bank for the towns of Péronne and Saint-Quentin in France. The solution aims to create a balance between energy production and consumption. CIAC-IT, a French software solutions provider, and NES, a global provider of smart grid … [Read more...]

Energy Industry Players Moving out of their Swim Lanes

New business models — such as utility use of mobile batteries for peak demand — are now emerging, along with new and needed distributed energy resource (DER) integration models, according to two new reports from Deloitte. Markets aren’t providing enough compensation for distributed energy resources (DER) which is blocking their expansion on the … [Read more...]

As It Plans World’s Biggest Virtual Power Plant, OhmConnect Warns of Market Flaws in California

OhmConnect, partnering with Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, plans a 550-MW virtual power plant (VPP), Resi-Station, created by pooling and controlling homeowners’ devices and microgrids to provide clean power for California via aggregated flexible demand. Said to be the biggest project of its kind in the world, Resi-Station will help meet … [Read more...]