The Double Life of Microgrids: Eaton’s Solution to a Cybersecurity Problem

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When it comes to cybersecurity, microgrids live a dichotomy. They can block the ill effects of a hacked power grid. But they also can invite trouble. Because of their ability to island from the grid, microgrids offer protections to their customers during an attack on the grid. If a hacker causes a grid outage, the microgrid can separate … [Read more...]

Western Australian Awards Contract for Innovative Kalbarri Microgrid

Kalbarri Microgrid

Western Power has awarded a contract for its innovative Kalbarri microgrid, which may offer a model for remote towns with feeder line problems. The Western Australia state-owned utility chose partners Energy Made Clean (EMC), a microgrid developer, and Lendlease, an infrastructure group, to construct $6.8 million in generation for the … [Read more...]

More Opportunity for Microgrids as Texas Coal Plants Retire

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Texas appears to be headed for a precarious summer with the potential for a tight power supply – a situation that could create opportunity for quick response microgrids. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator that manages the flow of electric power to 24 million Texas customers, issued a warning signal in late 2017. … [Read more...]

“Stale” Time-of-Use Rates May Undercut Benefits of Energy Storage in California

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California's grid operator is considering a load shift product that could beat "stale" time-of-use rates in its ability to avoid greenhouse gases and generate income for energy storage system owners and operators. The problem, for storage system owners, is time-of-use rates are getting “stale,” and don’t represent what mix of fuels are producing … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Wants Microgrids. But Will its Rules be too Rigid?

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José Román Morales, president of the Puerto Rico Energy Commission (PREC), is clear: Microgrid development is welcome in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico -- even before the commission’s just-released draft rules are finalized. “Right now, we need to get the country back on its feet,” he said, referring to the fact that in the wake of Hurricane … [Read more...]

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Vehicle-to-Grid Services

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All eyes are on Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) as it tests the ability of EVs to help power homes during outages and provide demand response. Will vehicle-to-grid live up to its big promise? Industry insiders are both optimistic and cautious. “The biggest challenge to using EVs to flow power back to the grid is that doing so would … [Read more...]

New York Opens the Year with a Triple Boost for Energy Storage

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave energy storage a triple boost yesterday with the release of a series of new climate change initiatives. First, Cuomo called for 1,500 MW of energy storage in New York by 2025, a goal he sees the state reaching through regulatory changes and utility solicitations. Second, he proposed that the NY Green Bank … [Read more...]

LO3 Blockchain to Connect Microgrids to European Wholesale Power Market

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LO3 Energy and European electricity exchange EPEX Spot plan to develop blockchain energy trading and transaction systems to link microgrids with the European wholesale power market. Staging an international launch event in Paris this week, EPEX Spot and New York-based LO3 Energy signed a memorandum of understanding to share their … [Read more...]

New York and Puerto Rico Propose $1B for Microgrids in Post-Maria Rebuild

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Officials from New York and Puerto Rico yesterday urged Congress to approve more than $1 billion for microgrids as part of a $94.4 billion package they are proposing to rebuild the island. Announced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, the plan comes as more than 30 percent of the island remains without power … [Read more...]

Zibelman Sees Australia Becoming World Leader in Distributed Grid Technology

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Audrey Zibelman, CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator and former chair of the New York Public Service Commission, talks to Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy about the rise of distributed energy and Australia's leadership role in the transition. Australian Energy Market Operator CEO Audrey Zibelman says Australia will be a world leader … [Read more...]