Village Microgrids Up and Running in the Land of the Royal Bengal Tiger

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Modern, environmentally friendly energy is available to villagers in the Indian Sundarbans -- the world's largest, remaining mangrove forest ecosystem -- thanks to village microgrids deployed as a result of WWF-India's Project Sahasra Jyoti. Home to 4.5 million people, the region depends on kerosene, candles and forest biomass for cooking … [Read more...]

Two Models, Two Outcomes for Demand Response in PJM, California

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Two different models yielded two very different outcomes for demand response in PJM territory and California recently. The results illuminate the pros and cons of how distributed energy resources are treated in both markets. In PJM’s most recent annual capacity auction, for delivery in 2021-2022, demand response was a big winner, with PJM … [Read more...]

Remote Puerto Rico Community Rebuilds with Microgrid “Like an IKEA Set”

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Eight months on from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, the 3,160 inhabitants of Puerto Rico's mountainous Mariana remain without grid power. Tired of waiting, community members recently took matters into their own hands with the help of a modular microgrid. Following major damage, experts believe that 90 percent of the grid can be restored … [Read more...]

Postcard from the Future: Latest on How States are Preparing the Grid for Electric Vehicles

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A number of states are embracing the electric vehicle revolution, enacting programs intended to boost EV use on our nation’s roads. Most recently, New Jersey, New York and California announced plans to invest in EV infrastructure. As EV-friendly measures continue to be enacted, innovative rate structures and smart charging can cushion the grid … [Read more...]

Mark Your Calendar for Microgrid 2019, May 13-16 in San Diego

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Microgrid Knowledge today announced that Microgrid 2019, its fourth industry conference, will be held May 13-16 in San Diego. A gathering of industry leaders, the conference will focus on microgrids, nanogrids, virtual power plants, energy storage and other distributed energy resources driving energy decentralization. Microgrid 2019 follows … [Read more...]

How Vital is Reliable Power? Puerto Rico’s 4,645 Deaths Offer an Answer

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In its struggle to quantify energy resilience, the microgrid industry tends to focus on economic damages from power outages: Perished goods, lost sales, diminished worker hours. Now it has a new, disturbing data point: Loss of human life. A Harvard study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates 4,645 deaths in … [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?

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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...]

California Opens Door to Residential Microgrids for All New Homes with Efficiency Code

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California has opened the door for residential microgrids in all new homes with the recent release of 2019 building standards aimed at improving energy efficiency. Issued by the California Energy Commission, the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards require solar photovoltaics for all new homes. They also provide new home builders with … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Issues Final Microgrid Rules as Hurricane Season Looms

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Puerto Rico regulators on Friday issued final microgrid rules to help boost development, as the island continues to struggle to recover from last September’s island-wide power outage following Hurricane Maria. The rules (CEPR-MI-2018-0001) arrived in a speedier fashion than the norm for energy regulation, with just five months between draft … [Read more...]