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Direct Current Microgrids to Power Europe’s Green Ambitions

A new European project, TIGON, will develop technology and demonstrate how direct current (DC) microgrids can help the European Union’s (EU) electricity grids become greener, more efficient and resilient. The project involves 15 partners from eight different European Member States. The EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program is … [Read more...]

Homes Gain Momentum as ‘Grid Flexibililty’ Resources

Call them nanogrids, smart homes, or something else, households are increasingly shaping up as a means to leverage grid flexibility, and energy companies are stepping forward with a range of products to advance the market. Circuit breakers, energy control platforms, batteries, aggregations, virtual power plants, non-wires alternatives and … [Read more...]

Navy Chooses Ameresco for $58M Resilience and Microgrid Project at Maine Shipyard

The US Navy has awarded Ameresco a task order for a $58 million energy resilience project, which includes a microgrid, at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY), one of four remaining naval shipyards in the US.  The project expands on a long-term partnership between Ameresco and the the Kittery, Maine facility, extending back to Ameresco’s … [Read more...]

California Utility Builds Solar Microgrid in 27 Days to Avert Wildfires in Sierra Nevadas

A solar microgrid, built in 27 days in cold and windy weather, was Southern California Edison’s (SCE) solution to an urgent need to avert wildfires near a remote dam in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Installing the microgrid in November allowed the utility to turn off a line that provided power to the site of the Gem Dam, part of the Rush … [Read more...]

Texas Customers Could Save $5.47 Billion with DERs, but Regulations Must Change

Texas consumers could save $5.47 billion over ten years with distributed energy resources (DERs), but regulations must change to realize these benefits. A study by Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA) identified two ways DERs can reduce costs: Act as non-wires alternatives to avoid investment in tranmission and distribution … [Read more...]

Australian Utility Replacing Overhead Network with Microgrids

RenewEconomy's Giles Parkinson describes a plan by Horizon Power to pull down power lines and replace them with renewable stand-alone power systems (SAPS), aka microgrids. Horizon Power is to become the first utility in Australia to remove parts of its overhead network and replace it with an off-grid renewable energy power solution. The … [Read more...]

The Quick-Thinking, Self-Driving Energy Grid of the Future

A quick-thinking, self-driving energy grid of the future — an autonomous energy grid — is being developed by researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The goal is to integrate and make the best use of the many distributed energy resources (DERs) expected to come online in coming years, providing for fast-acting … [Read more...]

Taking Non-Wires Alternatives to a New Level, Company Petitions FERC to Move Electricity by Rail

In a filing before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Alternative Transmission (ATI) proposes a technology that could bring a new meaning to the concept of non-wires alternatives. Based in Sullivan’s Island, S.C., the company wants to move batteries by rail for discharge and charge where needed on the electric grid. Further, … [Read more...]

What Electrification of Transportation and Buildings Means to Microgrids: Interview

The energy industry is poised for what some describe as a sizable investment shift. Oil and gas lose, and power wins with the growing electrification of transportation and buildings. So what does this mean for microgrids? Mark Feasel, vice president of smart grid, Schneider Electric, offered insight in a recent interview leading up to … [Read more...]

The Hurricanes of the West — Wildfires — Spur More Microgrids in California

After wildfires caused power outages in California, the tinder box state is considering more microgrids in a proceeding before state regulators. “Wildfires are now to California what Sandy was to New York,” said Rick Bolton, CEO of Compass Energy Platform, referencing the 2012 superstorm that spurred a government push for microgrids after … [Read more...]