What is the Cost of a Microgrid? Think Function

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We’ve asked industry thought leaders to weigh in on the question: Are microgrids expensive? Here Michael Boswell, vice president of distributed generation at Concord Engineering, describes what goes into figuring out the cost of a microgrid. Think of the cost of a microgrid as a direct function of what the microgrid is intended to do…. … [Read more...]

Xcel Energy to Build 7 Community Microgrids. Negotiating with Siemens and Fluence

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Xcel Energy is seeking regulatory approval to move forward with seven microgrids, at a cost to the utility of $23.4 million, chosen from a community resilience solicitation that the Colorado utility issued in May. The microgrids will serve the Denver International Airport Automated Guideway Transit System; National Western Center; Denver Rescue … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Expensive?

are microgrids expensive

Asking 'Are microgrids expensive?’ is a bit like asking what rocks cost. Are we talking about diamonds or driveway gravel? Any discussion tends to be a long one. There is no elevator pitch answer for three main reasons. First, microgrids vary dramatically in size and complexity and more importantly purpose, which creates a wide cost … [Read more...]

Camp Roberts to Issue Resiliency Solicitation

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The US Department of Defense intends to issue an energy resiliency solicitation in early January for a project at Camp Roberts in Monterey, California. The project will also include the Army Signal Activity-Camp Roberts. The military installation will seek firm-fixed price bids for contracts up to 30 years. Specifically, the contract … [Read more...]

First-of-a-Kind, Triple-Tasking, Front-of-Meter Microgrid in Sonoma, California

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A front-of-meter microgrid located at the Sonoma Valley Unified School District has set out to become the first to achieve three goals: help bring more solar online, participate in wholesale markets and charge electric school buses. “This has never been done successfully,” said Nick Tumilowicz, principal manager, grid integration of distributed … [Read more...]

California’s Largest Utility Seeks 20 Microgrids to Ward off Wildfire-related Power Outages

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Racing to beat California’s next wildfire season, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is seeking companies to install microgrids near 20 substations. The microgrids will be used to keep electricity flowing when the utility shuts down power lines that could spark wildfires during windy and dry weather. California’s largest utility issued … [Read more...]

Engie and Meridiam Strike $1.2B Deal to Operate College Utilities, including Possible Microgrid

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The Board of Regents of the University of Iowa this week approved a $1.2 billion deal that allows Engie North America and Meridiam to manage its utilities under a plan that includes a possible microgrid. The contract calls for Engie, which provides energy services to more than 150 colleges and hospitals in the US, to operate the university’s … [Read more...]

Zibelman Sees “Phenomenal” Transition to Energy Democratization in Australia

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Audrey Zibelman, CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator, explains why it's time to leave behind the rules of the coal era and reshape the grid for energy democratization, as reported by Giles Parkinson of Renew Economy. Australian Energy Market Operator boss Audrey Zibelman says Australian households will provide at least one quarter … [Read more...]

New Jersey Seeks Feedback this Week on Town Center Microgrid Funding

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New Jersey regulators seek feedback by Dec. 13, 2019 on the second phase of the town center microgrid program, which will allot $4 million for project design. Two years ago, in the program’s first phase, the Board of Public Utilities distributed $2 million to 13 town center microgrids for feasibility studies. Those microgrids will be eligible … [Read more...]

FERC Tariff Approvals Open Way for Energy Storage in Wholesale Markets

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US regulators gave energy storage a boost with recent approvals of tariffs filed by grid operators that create standardized ways of offering the resource to wholesale markets. “The tariffs improve prospects for storage by clarifying and standardizing the rules under which it participates, and tell market operators they need to accommodate … [Read more...]