Frustrated with Outages, These Seniors Have Big Microgrid Plans, Even Bigger Obstacles

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Outage-weary seniors in an Oakmont, California community have encountered numerous regulatory obstacles to their ambitious microgrid plans. Residents of Oakmont Village Association, whose average age is 75, in 2019 endured five blackouts due to fires and also public safety power shut offs by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), said Ken Smith, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Names ‘Person’ of the Year and Announces Top Stories for 2019

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Microgrid Knowledge doesn’t usually choose a person of the year, as Time magazine does. But 2019 produced such a runaway winner, it seemed necessary to do so.  The winner, of course, is California.  Thanks to its green and pro-microgrid policies, California was high on the list of microgrid leaders even before this fall’s wildfire-related … [Read more...]

First-of-a-Kind, Triple-Tasking, Front-of-Meter Microgrid in Sonoma, California

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A front-of-meter microgrid located at the Sonoma Valley Unified School District has set out to become the first to achieve three goals: help bring more solar online, participate in wholesale markets and charge electric school buses. “This has never been done successfully,” said Nick Tumilowicz, principal manager, grid integration of distributed … [Read more...]

FERC Tariff Approvals Open Way for Energy Storage in Wholesale Markets

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US regulators gave energy storage a boost with recent approvals of tariffs filed by grid operators that create standardized ways of offering the resource to wholesale markets. “The tariffs improve prospects for storage by clarifying and standardizing the rules under which it participates, and tell market operators they need to accommodate … [Read more...]

Texas Customers Could Save $5.47 Billion with DERs, but Regulations Must Change

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Texas consumers could save $5.47 billion over ten years with distributed energy resources (DERs), but regulations must change to realize these benefits. A study by Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA) identified two ways DERs can reduce costs: Act as non-wires alternatives to avoid investment in tranmission and distribution … [Read more...]

EV Charging Trends: Solar Absorption, Demand Response, Green Charging

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More and more, electric vehicles (EVs) are being called upon to absorb excess solar energy and provide demand response. These are EV charging trends to watch. Yet another trend is increased demand from EV drivers for charging based on green energy. Enel X, which aims to help communities create, store, use and share energy, has a number of … [Read more...]

More Power Outages in California? No Big Deal for Fremont Fire Department

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Utilities in California are pre-emptively turning off transmission lines that could spark wildfires, but residents of Fremont can sleep a little more soundly knowing that the city’s microgrids will be there. About two years ago, Fremont installed microgrids at three of its fire stations. At the time, the city was interested in getting clean … [Read more...]

It’s Dark in California but the Message is Clear: More Microgrids Needed

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California is the poster child for microgrids, usually in a good way, this week in a bad way. The power outages to 738,000 electric customers illustrated that even California, one of the lead states deploying microgrids, is not building them quickly enough. Microgrids act as local islands of power when the central grid fails, or in this case … [Read more...]

Earthquake Worries Prompt Oregon Cities to Install Microgrids for Resiliency

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Beaverton is the second Oregon city that will embrace microgrids for resiliency, working with utility Portland General Electric (PGE), which says it plans additional partnerships with cities. PGE’s microgrid projects are designed in part to provide resiliency if and when an earthquake hits the Oregon coast. Scientists have predicted that an … [Read more...]

Independent Power Producer in PJM Turns to Batteries to Regulate Frequency

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A 72 MW/72 MWH battery system owned by a global independent power producer is expected to soon start providing grid services in PJM territory, signaling the storage industry’s increasing maturation and ability to compete with traditional resources. Industry supporters have argued that getting more storage online to support renewables … [Read more...]