Award-winning Idea: Microgrid that Uses Stored Wind Power for Remote Canada

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Remote communities across Canada's far northern provinces rely on diesel and bunker-fuel generators for electricity. A dramatic change for the better may be in store – if efforts to fully realize a wind power-battery energy storage microgrid come to fruition. The conceptual designers of IceGrid – a university marine research scientist, a … [Read more...]

Australia’s Largest Hybrid Renewables Microgrid Awards Contracts

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RenewEconomy's Deputy Editor Sophie Vorrath reports on recent milestones reached by Australia's largest hybrid renewables microgrid project. The plans of Western Australia regional utility Horizon Power to develop what it claims will be Australia’s largest hybrid renewables microgrid are edging closer to completion, after the awarding of the … [Read more...]

The 21st Century Power Grid: Not Your Parents’ Power Grid

DERMs and VPPs

DERMs and VPPs -- you hear the terms often now. They stand for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) and virtual power plants (VPPs), and they are remaking the electric grid as we know it. Learn more about DERMS and VPPs in our Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series. Here's the first part, a discussion about what makes the 21st … [Read more...]

Highly Sophisticated Microgrid Emerges from the Woods of Wisconsin

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Moving the idea of the sophisticated microgrid beyond theory, Schneider Electric and Faith Technologies today unveiled a project at a Wisconsin nature preserve that is expected to demonstrate the growing ability of microgrids to multitask. The Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton, Wisconsin is now home to a microgrid that manages five … [Read more...]

Hawaii Looks to Microgrid Development After Lava Mangles Utility Equipment

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Following the volcanic eruptions on Hawaii's Big Island — where poles and equipment have been damaged or destroyed by lava — both Hawaii Electric Light (HELCO) and the state are moving toward boosting microgrid development. The eruptions from the Kilauea Volcano began May 3 on the Big Island and continue, with lava mangling utility-owned … [Read more...]

The Role of Microgrids in Decentralization: A Shift in Energy Focus

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We are in the middle of an 'energy transition' — one which is focused on the decentralization of energy and the rise of  energy technology like microgrids. A new report from Schneider Electric,  “How Microgrids Contribute to the Energy Transition,” highlights how over the past century or so, we have come from making huge progress in the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Companies Win Technology Support from Alaska Center for Energy and Power

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Microgrid companies continue to find fertile turf in Alaska, this time with the help of a competition offered by the Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies Commercialization. Led by the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP), the three-year-old competition provides technical and business assistance to improve microgrid technologies and give … [Read more...]

Shouldn’t We Have More DC Microgrids?

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Direct current (DC) microgrids offer a lot of advantages in today's digitally networked, electrified world. Yet they face challenges gaining acceptance on the US grid where alternating current (AC) dominates. That's not to say DC isn't used. Much of the high-power electrical equipment and machinery used in industry, buildings and … [Read more...]

California Opens Door to Residential Microgrids for All New Homes with Efficiency Code

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California has opened the door for residential microgrids in all new homes with the recent release of 2019 building standards aimed at improving energy efficiency. Issued by the California Energy Commission, the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards require solar photovoltaics for all new homes. They also provide new home builders with … [Read more...]

How New Models, Not More Funding, Can Boost the Microgrid Market

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New models — not more government funding — will drive the microgrid market forward. That’s what panelists and representatives from innovative cities and states said at a discussion during Microgrid 2018, "How to Elevate Microgrids in Government Resilience and Climate Strategies." Moderator David Chiesa, director of global business development … [Read more...]