COVID-19 Likely to Spur More Microgrid Development 

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History tells us that disasters tend to spur new interest in microgrids. This pandemic is no exception as COVID-19 strains hospitals, data centers and food distribution and delivery systems, making power outages unthinkable. A quote in the Wall Street Journal by Peggy Noonan, being widely circulated on social media, sums up how important … [Read more...]

Less Risk, More Arbitrage Income for Microgrid Operators and Owners?

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Often, microgrid operators have the choice of either purchasing a fixed supply contract or playing in the market, but not both, said James McGinniss, CEO and co-founder, David Energy, a competitive retail electricity supplier. “Microgrid customers are often faced with a bad choice: They can take an indexed contract in order to capitalize on … [Read more...]

Pacific Gas & Electric Temporarily Suspends Microgrid Solicitation

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Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) says it has temporarily suspended — but not canceled — a request for offers (RFO) issued in December for 20 microgrid projects. The decision came after various stakeholders expressed concern about the California utility's aggressive deadline to get the microgrids built in 2020. PG&E had hoped the … [Read more...]

Engie EPS Cites Earnings Uncertainty from Coronavirus. Sticks to Long-term Microgrid Strategy

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Engie EPS sees microgrids and energy storage as key to its growth, but expects a short-term disruption because its manufacturing facilities are in Italy, which has been heavily hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19).  The technology division of France-based energy giant Engie issued the warning in its 2019 earnings results released March … [Read more...]

SCE Delays Pilot Microgrids after Tight Schedule Drives up Costs 

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Saying a tight schedule is driving up costs, Southern California Edison (SCE) yesterday canceled plans for pilot microgrids in 2020 and instead will re-seek them for 2021 and 2022. The utility spelled out its new microgrid plan in a filing with California Public Utilities Commission (R.19-09-009 ). The postponement came in response to … [Read more...]

Cost Savings Drives Decision to Install Microgrid at California Wastewater Treatment Plant

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The McKinleyville Community Services District in northern California has selected Ameresco to build a $2 million microgrid at a wastewater treatment plant. While California has seen a wave of microgrid projects in response to wildfire-related power outages, the McKinleyville project is driven by a desire to cut electricity costs. The … [Read more...]

ERCOT Warns of Tight Summer Conditions in Texas. Microgrid Opportunity?

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While California is today’s hub of microgrid opportunity, the Texas market bears watching as its grid operator, ERCOT, warns that this summer could bring record electricity use. ERCOT released its spring Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy, more commonly known as the SARA report, last week and with it projections that the coming summer … [Read more...]

Helsinki Offers $1.1M for Way to Provide Non-Fossil, Non-Biomass Urban Heating

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Helsinki, Finland has launched a $1.1 million global competition to identify the future of urban heating, one that uses neither fossil fuels nor biomass-fired technology. The city hopes to find a solution that can be put in place by 2029, helping to decarbonize Helsinki  and possibly serving as a model for other cities worldwide. To that … [Read more...]

Using the Value of Resiliency to Support Financing a Multi-DER Microgrid

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Concord Engineering VP Michael Boswell explores the potential of the multi-DER microgrid, and the financing options making this strategy a viable option for today's energy needs.  Stepping into Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine from Rocky and Bullwinkle and then stepping out in the not too distant past, there was a time when PV Solar projects … [Read more...]

Maryland Agency Offers Grants for Microgrid, DG Planning

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The Maryland Energy Administration has launched a pilot grant program to help municipalities and other organizations plan microgrid and distributed energy projects. “MEA recognizes that the costs incurred in designing successful projects can be significant, and also that well-engineered and analyzed plans lead to shovel-ready designs which … [Read more...]