Solar Housing Linked to Bronzeville Microgrid Provides Social Justice, Technology Research

Bronzeville Microgrid

Chicago's Bronzeville microgrid project is demonstrating the social justice benefits of decentralized energy with the completion this month of solar installations on 660 residential units in the Dearborn Homes Community. The project, a partnership of Exelon subsidiary Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), developer VLV Development Solutions and the … [Read more...]

Scrutiny Begins of New Energy Resource Plan Issued by Puerto Rico’s Utility

Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) issued a revised integrated resource plan (IRP) late last week in the latest move to redesign the island’s grid to avoid a repeat of the massive power outages brought by Hurricane Maria. Like its earlier version, the new plan segments the island into eight minigrids but incorporates more … [Read more...]

Newly Opened, JFK’s TWA Hotel is Always Grid Independent

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The irony could not be any more conspicuous: the vintage Trans World Airline, known as TWA, ceased to exist nearly two decades ago. But a new hotel and conference center has formed around what had been the TWA terminal at New York’s JFK Airport — one that focuses on ultra modern energy technologies: a microgrid, on site electric generation and … [Read more...]

District of Columbia Considers New Regulated Entity: The Microgrid Operator

microgrid operator

A report released late last week for the nation’s capital calls for a new regulated entity known as a microgrid operator, part of the city’s far-reaching effort to modernize its electric grid. The 433-page report came out of a multi-year effort launched in June 2015 by the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia. The effort was … [Read more...]

Are California Utilities Heading Down the Wrong Path as Wildfire Season Approaches?

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A new report warns that California may be heading down the wrong path when it comes to preparing its grid for wildfires and points to microgrids as a better solution. Utilities are proposing a range of costly investments to the central grid that may take decades, which still leave “substantial risk” for power outages, says “California’s … [Read more...]

The US Military Is Mission Ready: Why it Will Succeed Building Microgrids

Military microgrids

This is the latest in a series of articles focusing on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we look at what it takes to develop military microgrids that keep power flowing to bases for at least 14 days during a catastrophe. When the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar near San Diego moved to use landfill … [Read more...]

Who Pays on a Decentralized Grid? New York Tackles the Equity Problem with New Rates

standby and buyback rates

The New York Public Service Commission recently revamped utility standby and buyback rates to tackle the vexing problem of ratepayer equity in an age of distributed energy. The changes represent the next iteration in the state’s efforts to encourage wider adoption of clean energy while bringing rates more in line with market forces, all part … [Read more...]

Eversource Takes Local Energy Concept to New Level with New Hampshire Microgrid Plan

energy storage microgrid

Eversource plans to develop an energy storage microgrid in New Hampshire that takes the local energy concept to a new level by pairing the microgrid with a bring-your-own-device program. The project also offers an example of a path for utilities to develop microgrids when state rules allow utility ownership of energy storage. Charlotte … [Read more...]

If Regulators Had a Magic Wand, How Would They Encourage Microgrid Development?

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If you had a magic wand and could create one policy or rule that would help rollout more microgrids, what would that be? That’s the question with which panelists grappled at the Microgrid 2019 conference in San Diego on Tuesday — with answers ranging from pricing carbon to valuing resiliency. The underlying premise is that microgrids are … [Read more...]

Emory University Seeks Regulatory Support for Microgrid at its Atlanta Campus

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Emory University is seeking support from Georgia regulators for a microgrid that would be built on its Atlanta campus. The university is petitioning the Georgia Public Service Commission on the need to perform a feasibility study in collaboration with Georgia Power before seeking final approval for the project, according to Joan Kowal, … [Read more...]