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Texas, Heat and Renewable Energy: What ERCOT’s Summer Taught Us

Texas

It was a hot summer in Texas. Even into autumn the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) was urging customers to use less electricity. Given these events, and new renewable energy options, businesses in the state are — no doubt — thinking about their energy choices. Microgrid Knowledge will explore issues surrounding ERCOT’s supply … [Read more...]

Maryland Camp Goes Green, Gets Quick ROI with Microgrid

campus microgrid

A summer camp in Frederick, Maryland is operating a campus microgrid that leverages Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) to achieve an immediate return on investment while delivering green energy. The net zero carbon microgrid serves Bar-T Mountainside Summer Camp, a 115-acre campus that offers after-school childcare, summer day camps, … [Read more...]

Can We Really Reach These Big Green Goals?

renewable energy and electric vehicles

How fast the US adopts renewable energy and electric vehicles is likely to influence microgrid growth. So where are renewables and EVs heading? Are the big goals we hear about just aspiration or are they destination?  Hawaii, Maine, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are pursuing 100% renewables. About a dozen states have set standards … [Read more...]

Earthquake Worries Prompt Oregon Cities to Install Microgrids for Resiliency

resiliency

Beaverton is the second Oregon city that will embrace microgrids for resiliency, working with utility Portland General Electric (PGE), which says it plans additional partnerships with cities. PGE’s microgrid projects are designed in part to provide resiliency if and when an earthquake hits the Oregon coast. Scientists have predicted that an … [Read more...]

Southeast Asian Eco-Resorts Drawn to Microgrids by Favorable Economics

microgrids

Eco-resorts in Southeast Asia are installing microgrids to keep the lights on and the tourists coming as economic terms increasingly favor renewable energy over stand-alone diesel generators. An eco-resort in the Maldives, for example, has operated a 4.1 MW off-grid microgrid since October 2016 to serve an average 63% of electricity demand … [Read more...]

Independent Power Producer in PJM Turns to Batteries to Regulate Frequency

grid services

A 72 MW/72 MWH battery system owned by a global independent power producer is expected to soon start providing grid services in PJM territory, signaling the storage industry’s increasing maturation and ability to compete with traditional resources. Industry supporters have argued that getting more storage online to support renewables … [Read more...]

Microgrid Helps North Carolina Island Recover from Hurricane Dorian’s Devastating Blow

microgrid

Thanks to its microgrid, North Carolina's Ocracoke Island was able to restore power three days after Hurricane Dorian sent a tidal wave smashing into its coast line, causing massive flooding. Initially, both the grid and the microgrid went out of operation when the hurricane struck September 6, and flood waters rose 13 feet. Local service … [Read more...]

Another City — San Jose, California — Goes All Electric in a Growing Trend

all electric

In an effort to decarbonize, San Jose on Tuesday became the largest California city to embrace all electric buildings. The city council approved measures to boost efficiency in new non-residential buildings with gas infrastructure, beginning January 2020, and to ensure new buildings are electric vehicle (EV) ready. In addition, the city … [Read more...]

Nation’s Largest Residential Battery Demand Response System Being Built in Utah

virtual power plant

A new 600-unit apartment complex and sustainable community in Utah's Salt Lake Valley will feature a virtual power plant (VPP) that its backers say will be the largest residential battery demand response system in the US. Local utility Rocky Mountain Power will manage the virtual power plant to shave peak demand and provide behind-the-meter … [Read more...]

Study Warns that Gas Plants Could become Stranded Assets

clean energy portfolios

Utilities, investors and regulators should stop the rush to natural gas and choose clean energy portfolios (CEP) made up of combinations of solar, wind, storage, efficiency and demand response, warns a new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). If they don’t, many gas plants will become stranded assets, raising the specter that … [Read more...]