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How EVs Can Support the Grid and Utilities — and Why They Don’t

EVs Can Support the Grid

Let’s count all the ways EVs can support the grid and utilities. Then let’s count all the reasons they don’t. That’s what a new report from Deloitte does. Called Powering the Future of Mobility, the report says that EVs can help stabilize the grid, absorb extra renewable energy, and help engage utility customers. To do this, however, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Kept Power On Even as the California Wildfires Caused Outages

islanded microgrid

When the islanded microgrid at Stone Edge Farm near Sonoma, Calif., kept operating for 10 days in spite of the fires that caused outages nearby, the operators seized the opportunity to learn as much as possible from the surprises they encountered. The first surprise, of course, were the fires that struck suddenly, stoked by high winds and … [Read more...]

New Jersey Utility Installs Microgrid at Waste Water Treatment Plant

waste water treatment microgrid

Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) has begun operating a waste water treatment microgrid in Caldwell, New Jersey, designed as part of a utility resiliency program that uses solar. Located outside of New York City, the solar plus storage facility will serve the grid during normal conditions, and act as back-up generation for the … [Read more...]

Sonnen to Announce Microgrid for Housing Development in Australia

residential development microgrid

Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy describes plans for Sonnen's first residential development microgrid in Australia, similar to its project underway in Prescott, Arizona. German battery storage manufacturer Sonnen is about to announce the first its Australian “SonnenCity” project, a new housing estate built with solar and storage that acts as a … [Read more...]

Microgrid Technology May be Taking Off Faster than Expected

microgrid technology

Rapid disruption in the electric power world has skeptics changing their minds about how quickly microgrid technology will take off. Demand Energy's Doug Staker says he numbers himself among them. With the business case proving itself more quickly than many originally envisioned, microgrid technology is going to “accelerate faster than most … [Read more...]

Grid Stability from Siemens…NY DER Consumer Protections…Engie in Africa

grid stability

Siemens mobile solution adds grid stability for Dominion Siemens is providing Dominion Energy with a new mobile tool to create grid stability during disturbances and faults. Called the Mobile SVC STATCOM, the technology provides fast and controlled reactive power. The Virginia-based utility will be able to move the device anywhere grid support … [Read more...]

Duke Energy’s Green Microgrids Run Smoothly through Storm

green microgrids

Two green microgrids operated by Duke Energy rode through a weakened Hurricane Irma with no hiccups, while customers experienced outages close by. The first, the Mt. Sterling solar plus  storage remote microgrid, serves a communications tower located on National Park Service property in the Great Smoky Mountains on Mt. Sterling, Haywood County, … [Read more...]

Sonnen Welcomes America to the Future with a Hometown Virtual Power Plant

residential development microgrid

Before Sonnen became involved in a new and innovative Arizona project — a clean energy hive of 2,900 homes designed to act as a virtual power plant — the German company was frustrated with the US. In fact, Blake Richetta, Sonnen senior vice president, says that his CEO used a mild expletive to describe what it’s like trying to convince … [Read more...]

Indian Tech Giant and Australian Startup to Test Energy Blockchain in Microgrid-as-a-Service (MaaS)

energy blockchain

With an eye toward India's growing energy market, a major Indian tech firm and an Australian startup are testing a new microgrid-as-a-service (MaaS) platform this week that uses energy blockchain. Mumbai, India IT services multinational Tech Mahindra and Australia’s PowerLedger are teaming on the proof-of-concept project at Tech Mahindra’s … [Read more...]

California’s Grid Operator Looks at How to Absorb Excess Solar Energy with Storage

excess solar energy

A first-of-a-kind load shedding proposal from California's grid operator aims to absorb excess solar energy with storage to help solve some challenging economic and environmental problems. The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) is now developing the idea, which would allow more solar energy to make it to the grid in the middle of a … [Read more...]