Heads Up Microgrid Developers. EVs will Create $30-50B Need for Generation and Storage

A new report by The Brattle Group finds that electric vehicles (EVs) could spur the need for a $30-50 billion investment in generation and energy storage — a figure likely to catch the attention of microgrid developers. The microgrid industry sees electric vehicles creating new markets for microgrids, particularly when located in areas that … [Read more...]

What is Transactive Energy and Why is it Important to Microgrids?

The growing emphasis on using microgrids to generate revenue is leading to increased discussion of transactive energy, a concept described in a new paper by Monash University researchers and featured at the recent Microgrid Knowledge Virtual Conference. The Monash paper, "Transactive Energy Market for Energy Management in Microgrids: The … [Read more...]

Homes Gain Momentum as ‘Grid Flexibililty’ Resources

Call them nanogrids, smart homes, or something else, households are increasingly shaping up as a means to leverage grid flexibility, and energy companies are stepping forward with a range of products to advance the market. Circuit breakers, energy control platforms, batteries, aggregations, virtual power plants, non-wires alternatives and … [Read more...]

New York Grid Operator Prepares for DERs & Storage as Part of Sweeping Change

The New York Independent System Operator’s (NYISO) top priority is preparing for sweeping changes to the state’s grid, including a sharp increase in distributed energy resources (DERs) and energy storage, according to the grid operator. “New York State policies set forth the most aggressive clean energy mandates in America,” NYISO CEO … [Read more...]

No Resiliency Strategy? You’re Taking a Big Risk, Report Warns Utilities

Utilities without resilience strategies are taking a risk that jeopardizes their companies and customers, says a new report from Accenture. The report, “From Reliability to Resilience: Confronting the Challenges of Extreme Weather,” finds that most electric utility grid executives agree that extreme weather due to climate change poses … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Providing a World of Research on the Grid and Microgrids: IEEE

With their controls and ability to provide resilience, smart microgrids can solve numerous energy-related challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis, says the co-author of a new Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) report about how the pandemic has affected the industry and grid. Farnoosh Rahmatian, immediate past chair of … [Read more...]

Sunbaked Texas Grid May Need Microgrids this Summer

Even in a pandemic, it seems the Texas electric grid can’t catch a break. The grid operator for most of the state warned this week that the summer is likely to bring record-breaking peak demand for electricity, a situation that can threaten electric reliability and jack up prices. It’s not unusual for the heavily air-conditioned state to … [Read more...]

NARUC Issues Reports on Using Distributed Resources to Improve Grid Resilience

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has released a report on how distributed energy resources (DERs) and microgrids can improve grid resilience along with a guide state regulators can use to review proposed projects. “With more threats to the distribution grid, strategically placing generation resources or … [Read more...]

California to Include Avoided Transmission Costs in DER Benefits Calculation

The California Public Utilities Commission has agreed to consider avoided transmission costs for the state’s three investor-owned utilities as part of its cost-benefit analysis for distributed energy resources (DERs). The issue centers on the PUC’s “avoided cost calculator,” or ACC, a methodology used to determine the benefits of DERs that … [Read more...]

Microgrid Investment Less Risky than Grid Projects for Africa: Report

Microgrid projects could play a major role bolstering the electric grid in Africa, which needs roughly $1 trillion in investments, according to a white paper by researchers at Boston University. The power system in sub-Saharan Africa is generally poorly developed and its quality ranges widely from country to country, and even within countries, … [Read more...]