Zibelman Issues Parting Advice on Australia’s Energy Market; Readies for New Job at Google

Audrey Zibelman, former chair of the New York Public Service Commission and an early architect of the state's Reforming the Energy Vision, offers parting insights about energy market reform as she readies to leave her position as CEO of the primary grid operator in Australia. This article originated on RenewEconomy. Outgoing CEO of the … [Read more...]

Cummins Launches New Microgrid Control System

Cummins announced a new microgrid control product line this week, calling it a one-stop-shop of solutions to simplify operations and save money. The controller systems have options for existing microgrids and give new customers more straightforward controls and cost savings. The company launched the new product as more than 4,300 participants … [Read more...]

California Demonstration Brings Prosumers into Energy Markets

A prototype community southeast of Los Angeles, California, aims to demonstrate the advantages of prosumers in a disadvantaged community selling into electricity markets and reaping a cleaner environment plus income and resilience. The Basset-Avocado Advanced Energy Community (BAAEC) is funded in part by a $9 million grant from the California … [Read more...]

Clean Energy Stimulus Spending Could Jump Start Growth, Report Finds

With Congress eyeing another coronavirus economic package, a new report finds that federal economic stimulus spending on clean energy, including microgrids, electric vehicles and energy storage, could jump start a surge in economic growth.  So far, the clean energy sector has been left out of the federal COVID-19 stimulus, but an incoming … [Read more...]

Rapid Microgrid Design Aims to Accelerate Electrification in Rural Areas, Benefit Women

Arizona State University (ASU) researchers have unveiled a rapid microgrid design that aims to cut design costs and speed acceleration of electrification in rural areas and undeveloped countries. ASU is now using the design in Sierra Leone on the coast of West Africa, a project that highlights the benefits of electrification to women and … [Read more...]

Rockefeller Foundation Pledges $1B for Green Covid-19 Recovery, 10,000 Minigrids

The Rockefeller Foundation will invest $1 billion over the next three years to boost a green pandemic recovery, including construction of 10,000 minigrids in developing countries.  The foundation’s announcement says it will collaborate with global investors, governments and international organizations to drive public-private development of … [Read more...]

Evolving Microgrid Optimization with CleanSpark’s Adaptive Controls

Microgrid technology, the utility environment, and customer sites are rapidly evolving with the changing energy system, and microgrid controls must evolve to play their part in the transition. Amanda Kabak, chief technology officer and principal architect at CleanSpark, charts this evolution in an interview with Microgrid Knowledge. She discusses … [Read more...]

Pandemic, Outages Kindle Homeowner Interest in Electric Reliability: Survey

A new survey by Sunrun underscores just how much homeowners are beginning to worry about electric reliability as California utilities continue to shut off power to prevent wildfires. The Sunrun study found a kindling in homeowner interest in acquiring batteries to avoid blackouts. In the study, 38% of homeowners out of 1,000 surveyed said … [Read more...]

NJ Transit Switches to Renewables for Microgrid, Plans Nov. 25 Solicitation

The New Jersey Transit Corp., called NJ Transit, dropped plans to include a 140-MW natural gas power plant in one of the country’s largest microgrid projects in an effort to have it run entirely on renewable resources. The issue centers on the NJ Transitgrid, a $577 million microgrid designed to provide reliable service on a key portion of … [Read more...]

Microgrid Powered Mobility Hub Opens in Berlin, Germany

Aral, Germany’s largest gas station chain, operating around 2,400 filling stations, has opened a microgrid-powered mobility hub in the center of Berlin, Germany. The site will act a pilot for the future of mobility. The hub is a multifunctional fueling station, with two new electric vehicle charging stations. The 320-kW location is not … [Read more...]