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...]

New York’s Energy Storage Roadmap: It’s Not Easy Getting from Here to There

energy storage roadmap

New York has won praise for setting a goal to attract 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025. But now comes the tricky part — deciding specific routes to take on energy storage roadmap. The complexity of the journey is apparent in comments recently filed by utilities, energy storage companies, microgrid developers, solar developers, advocates … [Read more...]

New York Expands Value Stack Crediting for Distributed Energy — Beyond Solar

value stack crediting

New York regulators this week voted to expand -- beyond just solar -- the distributed energy resources eligible for compensation under the state’s new value stack crediting. The Public Service Commission gave a greenlight to apply the credit to certain energy storage projects, along with tidal energy, biomass and food-waste digestion … [Read more...]

A Big Week For Reshaping the Electric Grid with EVs

EV programs

EV programs may soon come to a grid near you as states continue to expand and refine charging efforts. Here's a look at some big moves this week in California, Massachusetts and New York. Massachusetts okays one of largest EV programs In Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Utilities on September 10 okayed a $25 million charging … [Read more...]

Florence Knocks Out Power to 1/2 Million within First Few Hours. Up to 3 Million Outages Expected

Hurricane Florence

On Friday morning, just a few hours into what is expected to be a multi-day storm, Hurricane Florence had knocked out power to half million households and businesses in the Carolinas -- and the numbers kept climbing, according to Poweroutages.us. In a news conference Wednesday before the hurricane struck, Duke Energy executives said power … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry Sees Promise – Mostly – in California’s 100% Zero-Carbon Electricity Mandate

zero-carbon electricity

Clean energy continued its victory lap in California yesterday when Gov. Jerry Brown inked legislation that would require 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2045, a move largely praised by microgrid industry leaders -- with some cautions. The bill (SB 100) was one of several clean energy initiatives passed by California lawmakers in … [Read more...]

The Future Looks Increasingly Electric: Report on 2050

microgrids

A report issued today by DNV GL finds electricity consumption rising worldwide by 2050, transmission and distribution systems expanding, and a continuing role for microgrids. Electricity generation will account for 45 percent of all energy demand by 2050, more than double the current rate, according to DNV GL’s “Energy Transition Outlook … [Read more...]

What is a Virtual Power Plant?

virtual power plant

A virtual power plant turns on its head the traditional idea of relying on big, centralized power plants for predictable power. But what is it exactly? And who uses virtual power plants and why?   A virtual power plant works remotely to combine a number of independent energy resources from disparate locations into a network that provides … [Read more...]

Redundancy Failed at Reagan International Airport, Causing 90-minute Outage

power outage

A 90-minute power outage Wednesday night at Reagan International Airport occurred after redundancy built into the power system failed, according to a spokesman for Dominion, the utility that serves the Washington, DC-area airport. Two utility feeds power the airport, and both went down, said Charles Penn, spokesman. Beyond that, the utility … [Read more...]

Open Networks: Laying the Foundation for the UK’s Future Electricity Grid

UK grid

Yasmin Ali, a London-based writer for Microgrid Knowledge, offers insight into the transformation occuring on the UK grid, as distributed energy increasingly gives consumers an opportunity to become power producers. A county in the southwestern tip of England is trialing technology that could have broad implications for the way power is … [Read more...]