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Free Educational Webinar on Tier 4 Diesel Generators September 29

Diesel generators are increasingly in the news in light of their growing use in places like California where utilities have installed quick-build diesel microgrids to ward off wild-fire related power outages. What’s often missed in the conversation is that not all diesel generators are created equal. The US Environmental Protection Agency … [Read more...]

Wildfire Smoke Clouds Solar Panels in California Microgrids. Can Fuel Cells Help?

Because some California microgrids aren’t producing enough solar energy due to smoke from wildfires, one microgrid developer is installing fuel cells as back up. AJ Perkins, president of Instant On, said that 25% of his microgrids in the Bay Area — which has been hit hard by wildfires — aren’t producing much solar because smoke is blocking … [Read more...]

California Opens ‘Diesel Alternative” Discussion in Microgrid Proceeding

California regulators are seeking comment from industry stakeholders on alternatives to diesel generators as part of an ongoing microgrid proceeding (19-09-009). The California Public Utilities Commission seeks comment by September 18. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), had originally planned to develop … [Read more...]

Community Microgrid Gets Boost from Energy Storage in California’s Goleta Load Pocket

As part of an ambitious project that aims to deploy a community microgrid that will help avoid outages due to fires, earthquakes, mudslides and other disasters in the Goleta Load Pocket, 40 MWh of utility-scale storage will go online in December. Groundbreaking on the project, called the Vallecito Energy Storage Resilience (VESR) project, has … [Read more...]

How Well does the Energy Industry Serve People of Color?

The energy industy (both fossil and renewable) is failing to provide benefits to people of color, and in many instances undermining the health of this community. That was one of the messages from a group of medical, energy and poverty experts who spoke at Race and Energy, a webinar presented this week by Pecan Street, a data research and … [Read more...]

Australian Mine Lays Out Path to Make its Microgrid 99% Renewable

Lack of inertia prevents an Australian mine from expanding renewable energy use at its microgrid. The mine operator lays out a path to solve the problem. Sophie Vorrath of Renew Economy reports. The global resources company behind a ground-breaking project that shifted a West Australian gold mine to a more than 50% mix of wind, solar and … [Read more...]

Open Source Tech Improves Microgrids in Southeast Asia

In villages in Southeast Asia, a person often must sit inside a powerhouse to manually control the flow of water in small hydro microgrids to ensure the systems operate safely. “The operator will watch the system parameters and open or close the valve to the turbine to regulate the flow of water and therefore quantity of energy generated as … [Read more...]

Hydrogen Becomes More Viable as a Microgrid Fuel

Hydrogen is becoming more viable as a microgrid fuel source, although few hydrogen microgrids exist yet and cost remains a challenge, industry members say. One example is a housing complex in Sweden where six public buildings run on electricity and heat from a microgrid that combines solar, batteries, heat pumps, hydrogen production and storage … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh International Airport Begins Construction of Microgrid to Fully Power Facility

Pittsburgh International Airport began construction this week of what it says will be the first microgrid that fully powers a major US airport. With permits and regulatory approvals in hand, Peoples Natural Gas is installing a microgrid that will include five natural gas fired generators on airport property, and nearly 7,800 solar panels on … [Read more...]

California PUC Urged to Order Clean Energy Solicitation to Reduce Wildfire Outages

The California Public Utilities Commission should require Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to issue a clean energy solicitation this summer to reduce the effects of wildfire-related power shutoffs, according to Tesla and other stakeholders who are participating in a state microgrid proceeding. The call for the solicitation is in … [Read more...]