Toward Market-based Microgrid Control Systems: Inside Brunswick Landing

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Kay Aikin of Introspective Systems describes the value of market-based microgrid control systems, as applied to an innovative project under development in Maine. The largest machine on earth is often said to be our electrical grid. By the end of 2016 there were some 7,600 power plants greater than 1 MW and many smaller resources, as well as a … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Florida Aims for Hip, Two-Way Grid of the Future

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Duke Energy Florida has plans to re-make its grid into a two-way grid that incorporates renewable energy, storage, electric vehicle charging stations and smart meters and boosts resiliency. The plan is a blueprint for re-making a dated grid into a more fashionable system that’s bidirectional, flexible, protects itself against power outages … [Read more...]

$1.5 Billion Microgrid Market Opportunity Emerges in Kenya

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A confluence of innovation, risk taking, and public and private effort has created a five-year, $1.5 billion microgrid market opportunity in Kenya, leading Germany’s TFE Consulting to dub the East African nation, “The World's Microgrid Lab.” International startups are deploying innovative mobile 'pay as you go' (Pay-Go), home solar, and … [Read more...]

The Potential of DC-Coupled Solar Plus Storage Microgrids

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Dynapower's Chip Palombini shares how DC-coupled solar plus storage microgrids can help maximize energy potential and cut down on installation costs.  As utilities improve grid resiliency through the use of non-transmission alternatives, solar plus storage microgrids have gained traction for their … [Read more...]

How a Kid and a Hockey Game Created a Community Microgrid

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It wasn’t a hurricane, blizzard or blackout that gave Todd Wilcox the idea to develop a community microgrid in North Bay, Ontario. Instead, of all things, it was a hockey game. The CEO of North Bay Hydro was watching a game at the local ice rink, an important gathering spot for the small city in northeastern Ontario. He saw a young child … [Read more...]

Hurricane Harvey Creates New Abnormal for the Electric Grid

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Stories are just beginning to emerge about microgrids and distributed energy systems that are keeping critical services up and running despite Hurricane Harvey's best efforts to do them in. Twenty-one convenience stores and gas stations in the Houston area remained open thanks to an unusual microgrid system designed by Enchanted Rock … [Read more...]

Natural Gas versus Distributed Energy: Which is Less Expensive?

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The natural gas versus distributed energy conversation continues with the release of a much-anticipated California study that concludes that a centralized natural gas generation plant is less expensive -- at least in the power-strapped area studied. The conclusion came out of a report "Moorpark Sub-Area Local Capacity Alternative Study," by the … [Read more...]

Japanese Consortium Launches Landmark Industrial Microgrid Demo in Rajasthan

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Japan’s NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Organization), Hitachi, Hitachi Systems and Itochu, in conjunction with the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, are launching an industrial microgrid demonstration project in India. Built to reliably supply power for a Mikuni India manufacturing facility in the Neemrana … [Read more...]

Analysis: Will the Perry Study Actually Help Microgrids and Energy Storage?

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Microgrids and energy storage improve electric reliability. So it was perplexing to see how little attention they received in a major study on grid reliability issued this week by the U.S. Department of Energy. Businesses, communities and institutions across the country have stepped up installation of microgrids in recent years to ensure power … [Read more...]

Wondering if Energy Storage Can Reduce Your Demand Charges?

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If you’ve heard that energy storage can reduce what you pay in demand charges, and you’re wondering if it would work for your operation, check out a paper issued today by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clean Energy Group (CEG). The paper finds that 25 percent of commercial customers in the U.S. – five million – pay demand … [Read more...]