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Open Networks: Laying the Foundation for the UK’s Future Electricity Grid

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Yasmin Ali, a London-based writer for Microgrid Knowledge, offers insight into the transformation occuring on the UK grid, as distributed energy increasingly gives consumers an opportunity to become power producers. A county in the southwestern tip of England is trialing technology that could have broad implications for the way power is … [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...]

Shouldn’t We Have More DC Microgrids?

DC microgrids

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...]

Too Few Microgrids for Puerto Rico? Or Too Many? Depends on Who You Ask

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With power still not fully restored, Puerto Rico finds itself forced to quickly answer questions about microgrids that much of the U.S. mainland has yet to tackle. How many microgrids are enough? What’s the utility role? What price should customers pay for microgrid power? How green should they be? And what defines a microgrid, … [Read more...]

The Double Life of Microgrids: Eaton’s Solution to a Cybersecurity Problem

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When it comes to cybersecurity, microgrids live a dichotomy. They can block the ill effects of a hacked power grid. But they also can invite trouble. Because of their ability to island from the grid, microgrids offer protections to their customers during an attack on the grid. If a hacker causes a grid outage, the microgrid can separate … [Read more...]

Following the Atlanta Airport’s $40M Power Outage, What’s Next?

power outage

Georgia Power says it plans to work with the Atlanta airport and the city to determine any possible reliability upgrades in response to an 11-hour power outage December 17 that cost Delta Airlines $40 million. The Southern Company subsidiary made the statement in a series of answers to questions posed by the staff of the George Public Service … [Read more...]

Grid Modernization in Rhode Island: Small State, Big Vision

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Rhode Island may be a small state, but there is nothing diminutive about its grid modernization plan, which draws a big circle around what ails the electric grid and aims with bull's-eye precision at the solutions. Released last week, “Rhode Island Power Sector Transformation, Phase 1,” starts by tackling the core of what troubles New … [Read more...]

Military Microgrid at Twentynine Palms Set to Undergo Expansion

military microgrid

A 10-MW military microgrid in the California city Twentynine Palms is set to undergo a $7.8 million expansion as part of long-term plan to achieve energy independence. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center's (MCAGCC) received a task order for the job in late September from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) "This project is a … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives

non-wires alternatives

Already a promising microgrid market, Massachusetts could get even better should new bills pass that promote non-wires alternatives, grid modernization, energy storage, and green and local energy. The Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions (ACES), a coalition of environmental and industry groups, discussed the bill and its other legislative … [Read more...]

Distributed Generation Growth Makes Utility Execs Worry about Revenues, Reliability: Study

distributed generation growth

Distributed generation growth is throwing a wrench in utility distribution, according to a new study from Accenture, “Power Surge Ahead: How Distribution Utilities Can Get Smart with Distributed Generation.” Fifty-nine percent of utility executives surveyed by Accenture expect small-scale distributed generation to stress their network … [Read more...]