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How Behind the Meter Assets Can Help — or Hinder — Utility Energy Management in Texas

More and more, utilities are deploying behind the meter (BTM) assets — particularly energy storage and electric vehicles (EV) — to reduce their loads, balance their systems and provide resilience. In the wake of a February  outage, Portland General Electric said it has been testing projects that deploy customer sited storage to help boost … [Read more...]

Not Only Texas Went Dark in February: After Storm, Portland, Oregon Tests Resiliency Partnerships

Texas captured worldwide attention in February when a devastating storm crippled the state's power system. But at about the same time, and to much less fanfare, part of the Northwest struggled with similar issues. Portland, Oregon, experienced power outages because of severe weather that left about 200,000 customers in the dark, some for several … [Read more...]

Microgrid at Australian Equestrian Center Helps Town Hit by Bush Fires

When bush fires swept the south coast of New South Wales in Australia last year, an equestrian center showed why it's good to have a neighbor with a microgrid. Willinga Park, an equestrian property that spans 2,000 acres on two national parks, became a safe haven for local residents’ cattle and horses in December, and its islanded microgrid … [Read more...]

Built With Frugal Innovation, Solar Microgrids Improve Medical Care in the Himalayas

In remote villages in the Himalayas, medical centers often lack critical medical equipment, refrigerators for vaccines and dependable electricity for light and other essentials. But Paras Loomba intends to change that, bringing solar microgrids to medical centers, which will allow for vaccine storage, baby warmers, ventilators and other items that … [Read more...]

Locals and Techies Promote Intriguing Critical Services Microgrid for Asheville, NC

What do you get when you bring together an energy consultant, an aerospace engineer, a former engineering professor and a cybersecurity expert — all of them in Asheville, North Carolina, a city renowned for its creative spirit. It turns out you get a microgrid proposal -- and an intriguing one at that. The group of volunteers is pitching … [Read more...]

ComEd Taps Enchanted Rock for Bronzeville Microgrid

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has selected Enchanted Rock to provide 5.5 MW in dispatchable natural gas-fired generation to support the Bronzeville community microgrid under development in Chicago. “Enchanted Rock will help us ensure the Bronzeville microgrid provides continuous power in the event of a major interruption, and it will do so … [Read more...]

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...]

NJ Transit Withdraws Air Permit to Quash Concerns about Microgrid

NJ Transit withdrew the air permit applications for a 140-MW natural gas-fired power plant in an effort to quash concerns it would be included as part of a planned microgrid. Earlier this month, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy asked the NJ Transit’s board to withdraw the permits, saying the power plant didn’t line up with the state’s climate … [Read more...]

Engine-Driven Generators Continue to Enable Application Flexibility for Microgrid Operations

Microgrids are designed to increase energy resiliency and reliability, both of which are becoming increasingly important in an era wracked by climate change and a global pandemic. A new report from Generac contends that engine-driven generators burning a variety of fossil fuels can provide last-step resiliency for the microgrid that "cannot be … [Read more...]

California Electricians Receive Training in Microgrids and Storage as Part of Climate, Equity Effort

A new training and certification program in California equips electricians with the skills needed to work with microgrids and storage, while aiming to ensure minority and disadvantaged residents benefit from the program. As part of the effort to train workers for jobs that address climate change, the California Workforce Development Board … [Read more...]