California Virtual Power Plant “Shattering Records” for Distributed Energy Storage

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Southern California Edison’s (SCE) five-year-old experiment with local energy has brought about a new world record with a virtual power plant delivering 2 GWh of grid services, according to AMS, the project designer and operator. In 2018 -- its first year of operation -- the virtual power plant was dispatched 250 times to the California … [Read more...]

Massachusetts and California Rank High in Energy Democracy: Report

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Massachusetts, California, New York and Illinois are the top four states for energy democracy, as ranked by their commitment to boosting community-level renewable energy, according to a second annual Community Power Scorecard. The scorecard, released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, names these states as stars because their energy … [Read more...]

This Microgrid on Wheels will Soon be on the Go for the US Military in Africa

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Go Electric’s new microgrid on wheels is a box that four people can lift and commission -- and then move, if needed. The mobile microgrid, now under development, also comes on a trailer. And it can run in silent mode. Best of all, it can reduce the use of diesel and other fossil fuels significantly -- by up to 80 percent while operating … [Read more...]

Pecan Street and Austin Energy Look to Bring V2G Mainstream with Possible Microgrid Applications

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Energy research center Pecan Street and utility Austin Energy have launched Texas' first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) research and testing center, which will work on hardware and software innovations to enable V2G to go mainstream, with possible application for microgrids down the road. V2G describes the electricity flowing to and from plug-in … [Read more...]

How Utilities Will Thrive — Eventually — with a DER-rich Grid

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In the near term, utilities need to beware. The next two years bring strong risk that customers will go off-grid with rooftop solar and other distributed energy resources (DERs) while using the utility for occasional backup, says a new report. But by 2040 the prognosis changes. Electric vehicles (EV) and electric heating -- both … [Read more...]

North Carolina Regulators Cancel Hearing, Moving Duke Microgrid Closer to Fruition

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Duke Energy’s planned Hot Springs microgrid in western North Carolina moved closer to fruition earlier this week when state regulators canceled an evidentiary hearing scheduled for Feb. 25. In canceling the expert hearing, the North Carolina Utilities Commission noted that there was public support and no opposition to the proposed … [Read more...]

Hawaii Traverses New Ground with Microgrid Tariff

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Hawaii is traversing new ground as state regulators, its utility and other stakeholders work on what may become the first full microgrid tariff in the United States. The parties filed opening briefs this month before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, revealing the complexity of setting microgrid compensation via a utility tariff … [Read more...]

When the Reason for Microgrids Comes in a Flash

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Sometimes the reason for microgrids is so obvious it comes like a big blue flash in the sky. Such was the case in late December when Consolidated Edison’s system malfunctioned causing a gas flare that had some New Yorkers looking to the skies and wondering if space aliens had come to Queens. It took an announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to … [Read more...]

Microgrids Can Protect Public Health. So Why Aren’t We Using More that Way?

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Microgrids can protect public health during power outages by keeping the water clean, ensuring medical facilities are running, and keeping people cool during dangerous heat waves. But a number of challenges must be overcome, especially at the policy level, in order to realize these benefits. Both public-health and electricity industry … [Read more...]

NY Offers up to $15.5M for Projects that Value Stack Energy Storage

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New York is offering up to $15.5 million for projects that show the benefits of value stacking distributed energy storage for retail electric customers and the grid (PON 3541). Proposals are due December 31, 2019. The solicitation was issued by the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), which seeks commercial … [Read more...]