Earthquake Worries Prompt Oregon Cities to Install Microgrids for Resiliency

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

Hawaiian Island will Create a Virtual Power Plant from 1,000 Solar Homes

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Sunrun and Open Access Technology International (OATI) will create what they describe as the world's largest residential virtual power plant (VPP) by managing the electricity from some 1,000 rooftop solar-plus-storage systems to be installed on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu. Under a four-year contract beginning in 2020, Sunrun and OATI will … [Read more...]

Microgrids Already on their Way to the Bahamas…Just Not Fast Enough

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Often communities don’t even start to think about microgrids until after a disaster, giving rise to the adage ‘follow the carnage’ to describe a common path to microgrid development. But in the Bahamas, if there is any good news, it’s that microgrids were already on their way before Hurricane Dorian. The head start is a result of … [Read more...]

The Greening of California Continues with Upcoming Energy Storage Solicitations

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) Oct. 30 will release two energy storage solicitations totaling $31 million to support the state’s goal under SB 100 of attaining 100% fossil-free electricity by 2045. The commission wants to get the word out now because preparing energy storage projects and proposals can be time consuming, said Mike … [Read more...]