Microgrids Keep Four Dallas Stores Open through this Week’s Tornadoes

tornadoes

High winds and tornadoes tore across the Dallas area Sunday night, leaving about 140,000 customers without electricity, but four stores with microgrids rode out the storm without interruptions to their power supply. Those stores —H-E-B and Buc-ee’s — have backup natural gas microgrids from Enchanted Rock, a Houston based company. ERock, as … [Read more...]

San Jose Looks to Exit PG&E to Develop Microgrids Following California’s Power Shutoff

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The mayor of San Jose, California wants more microgrids in his city following Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) recent power shutoff — and he’s willing to break ties with the utility to do it. Mayor Sam Liccardo late last week petitioned the city council to create a municipal utility “for the purposes of strategic development of … [Read more...]

Brooklyn Microgrid Launches Campaign to Create Regulatory Sandbox

Brooklyn Microgrid

Brooklyn Microgrid, the first energy project in the United States to use blockchain technology for energy transactions, is trying to win regulatory approval that would make it possible for project participants to buy and sell energy to each other. Run by LO3 Energy as a test project since 2016, the microgrid began in the Park Slope … [Read more...]

It’s Dark in California but the Message is Clear: More Microgrids Needed

California

California is the poster child for microgrids, usually in a good way, this week in a bad way. The power outages to 738,000 electric customers illustrated that even California, one of the lead states deploying microgrids, is not building them quickly enough. Microgrids act as local islands of power when the central grid fails, or in this case … [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...]

California Regulators Open Proceeding to Boost Microgrid Development

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California regulators are looking at ways to boost microgrid development, possibly through a microgrid tariff, as part of newly opened proceeding. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) initiated the rulemaking in response to a state law enacted last year (SB 1339) that requires steps be taken to facilitate microgrids and reduce barriers to … [Read more...]

Microgrid Operators and Regional Grid Operators Really Need to Talk

grid operators

The unknown unknowns are what keep regional grid operators up at night. And right now the rapid growth of customer-sited microgrids, invisible to grid operators, count high among them. That’s the message delivered last week by Jonathan Monken, PJM senior director, speaking on a plenary panel at the Virginia Clean Energy Summit in … [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...]

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...]

The True Value of Distributed Energy Resources? Connecticut Takes a Stab at it

value of distributed energy resources

Connecticut regulators are working to pin down the true value of distributed energy resources, which some stakeholders say needs to take into account community resiliency. Backers of the technology have long argued that distributed energy projects are not compensated fairly in the US because current mechanisms do not consider all of their … [Read more...]