Microgrid To Ensure Cattle on Historic Hawaii Ranch Never Go Thirsty

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At Parker Ranch -- a cattle ranch founded in the early 1800s and the largest in Hawaii -- a 400-kW Go Electric microgrid will ensure that cattle never go thirsty due to outages that have plagued the ranch for years. Situated near the end of Hawaii Electric Light’s (HELCO) distribution line on the Big Island are pumping stations that move … [Read more...]

Utilities See Future Profits in Microgrids: Survey

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Utilities see microgrids and related technologies as future revenue opportunities to help counter dampened profits from their traditional services, according to a new study from Accenture. The finding came from a survey of 150 utility executives across more than 25 countries, part of Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research program, now … [Read more...]

Eaton Adds New UL Cybersecurity Certifications

Power management company Eaton has added two more technologies to its growing portfolio of products certified to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) cybersecurity standards. The new UL certification are each a first in the industry in their categories, according to Eaton. The newly certified products include: Gigabit Network Card, the first … [Read more...]

PJM Rule Changes Could Reduce Revenue for Energy Storage

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The PJM Interconnection has made a temporary change in the rules for its frequency regulation market that could mean lower revenue and market participation for energy storage. The proposed rule -- which still requires approval by federal regulators -- addresses price spikes, or "price excursions," observed by PJM staff. Reinstates floor … [Read more...]

Cheapest Generating Resources for New Generation? Wind, Solar and Natural Gas

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Wind, solar and natural gas are the lowest-cost generation choices for new electric facilities, according to a recent report from the Energy Institute at the University of Texas in Austin (UT). The analysis looks at the direct and indirect costs of building, financing, operating and fueling new generation, including the environmental costs, … [Read more...]

Distribution Feeder Microgrids Get a Closer Look with a $20M Grant

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Distribution feeder microgrids are about to get a closer look thanks to a $20 million grant the National Science Foundation awarded to a consortium of research institutions. The money will go toward developing the New Mexico SMART Grid Center, a grid modernization project exploring how consumers can generate, store, and manage energy on … [Read more...]

What Ohio’s New PowerForward Collaborative will Tackle

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio advanced its grid modernization planning last week by creating a PowerForward Collaborative. Led by commission staff and comprised of utility stakeholders, the collaborative will hold its first meeting December 6 (Cases 18-1595-EL-GRD, 18-1596-EL-GRD, 18-1597-EL-GRD). The collaborative is charged … [Read more...]

With San Diego Airport Microgrid, No More Blackouts and $6.4M/year Saved

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Before the San Diego International Airport microgrid was built, the airport experienced four to five blackouts a year, each which lasted two to eight hours, according to Darr Hashempour, CEO of DH Green Energy, the consulting firm that designed and built the microgrid. The blackouts -- which occurred during San Diego Gas and Electric's … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Proposes New Microgrid and $500M Energy Storage Investment

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Duke Energy has proposed a microgrid to serve the western North Carolina town of Hot Springs as part of a larger plan that includes a $500 million investment in energy storage over 15 years. The solar-storage microgrid will bolster electric reliability for the mountainous town served only by a 10-mile, 22.86-kV feeder line, said Zachary … [Read more...]

Translating DER and Microgrid Complexity into Simplicity & Bankability

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) wants to make microgrids more bankable. But to do so it must first translate DER and microgrid complexity into simplicity. That's the aim of a $2 million grant that the commission awarded to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In turn, EPRI has hired Bankable Energy/Xendee -- developer of … [Read more...]