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California Microgrid To Demonstrate that Hospitals Don’t Need Diesel Generators

Kaiser Permanente plans to demonstrate a range of energy innovations at a hospital microgrid in Ontario, California, that will include how to incorporate renewable energy and move away from diesel generators. The hospital microgrid also will feature a fuel cell and a demonstration virtual power plant (VPP) — with power provided from … [Read more...]

CleanSpark CEO Says Challenges and Drivers for 2020 Microgrid Market are “One and the Same’

Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief at Microgrid Knowledge, and Zachary Bradford, CEO at CleanSpark — which has doubled in size over the past 12 months — discussed the biggest drivers and largest challenges the microgrid industry has faced this year, including a global pandemic, wildfires and intense hurricanes.  Events that drove microgrid … [Read more...]

Why the Luxury Home Market is Primed for Microgrids

When CleanSpark began talking to owners of luxury homes in California, it pitched microgrids as it usually did with economics as a key part of the discussion. But the company soon found that these microgrid customers, unlike most others, weren’t keenly interested in return on investment. “These are people that don't care about payback; … [Read more...]

Energy Industry Players Moving out of their Swim Lanes

New business models — such as utility use of mobile batteries for peak demand — are now emerging, along with new and needed distributed energy resource (DER) integration models, according to two new reports from Deloitte. Markets aren’t providing enough compensation for distributed energy resources (DER) which is blocking their expansion on the … [Read more...]

EDF Renewables to Install “Crown Jewel” of San Diego Port’s Climate Plan: A Microgrid

The Port of San Diego, one of a growing number of large infrastructure projects incorporating microgrids, has taken the next big step in its climate plan by awarding a $2.7 million microgrid installation contract to EDF Renewables Distribution Systems. “We are excited. We’re in a race to be the first microgrid at a port in the US,” said … [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...]

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...]

Siemens and University of New Mexico to Update Microgrid

Siemens and the University of New Mexico (UNM) will soon upgrade the smart grid center in Albuquerque with some of the latest technology for microgrids, electrical generation, power use and storage. A National Science Foundation (NSF) award amendment announcement allows Siemens to design controllers that use today’s technologies, protocols … [Read more...]

How to Reduce PG&E’s Diesel Use During Fire Emergencies and Shutoffs?

Microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) can help reduce Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) diesel use during California fire emergencies, but only if new incentives are implemented and DER integration systems are created. Microgrids and DERs will be most helpful, at least in the short-term, if paired with other technologies, … [Read more...]