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...]

Regulators Should Grant DERs More Wholesale Market Access: Report

wholesale markets

If allowed to participate in wholesale markets, distributed energy resources (DERs) can improve the grid’s reliability and resilience and reduce its costs. But regulators are not giving these resources needed market access, says a new report. Published by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE),"Putting Distributed Energy Resources to Work in Wholesale … [Read more...]

Microgrid Operators and Regional Grid Operators Really Need to Talk

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The unknown unknowns are what keep regional grid operators up at night. And right now the rapid growth of customer-sited microgrids, invisible to grid operators, count high among them. That’s the message delivered last week by Jonathan Monken, PJM senior director, speaking on a plenary panel at the Virginia Clean Energy Summit in … [Read more...]

Another City — San Jose, California — Goes All Electric in a Growing Trend

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In an effort to decarbonize, San Jose on Tuesday became the largest California city to embrace all electric buildings. The city council approved measures to boost efficiency in new non-residential buildings with gas infrastructure, beginning January 2020, and to ensure new buildings are electric vehicle (EV) ready. In addition, the city … [Read more...]

Researchers Propose Floating Microgrids Made up of Electric Boats

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Electric boats may enable floating microgrids that could serve islands that have historically been powered by fossil fuels, according to a report from researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. “Powering small islands with reliable, affordable and green electricity is a big challenge due to their dispersed … [Read more...]

The Quick-Thinking, Self-Driving Energy Grid of the Future

autonomous energy grid

A quick-thinking, self-driving energy grid of the future — an autonomous energy grid — is being developed by researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The goal is to integrate and make the best use of the many distributed energy resources (DERs) expected to come online in coming years, providing for fast-acting … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Close to Finalizing a Clean Peak Standard. Good News for Microgrids

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Massachusetts is close to implementing a clean peak standard that could bring wider opportunities for microgrid developers. It would also make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to implement the standard. Based on the premise that renewable energy is good for the environment, but even better if used at the right time, the clean peak … [Read more...]

New York Launches Investigation into Electric Resource Adequacy

electric resource adequacy

New York has launched an investigation into its mechanism to ensure electric resource adequacy out of concern that its current approach fails to account for local reliability and environmental benefits. The Public Service Commission voted to initiate the proceeding (CASE 19-E-0530) Thursday and now seeks comments from interested … [Read more...]

Tough Summer for the Power Grid. But the Microgrids are Working

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Severe heat and storms across the US this summer have strained the electric grid and caused extensive power outages. But the microgrids are working. Consider what happened on July 20 in northeast and north central Wisconsin when a thunderstorm knocked out power to 240,000 customers, leaving 50,000 with no power for two to three days. The … [Read more...]