Reverse Auctions May Become the Key to Energy Storage Rollout, EDF says

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When Xcel Energy conducted a reverse auction in 2018 to help build out its energy storage systems, it received hundreds of bids. It’s all about integrating energy storage into its wind and solar energy networks to increase reliability.  In a traditional auction, the seller does business with the highest bidder. But in a reverse auction, the … [Read more...]

California Aggregator Seeks Microgrid Hosts as Part of Community Choice Program

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Monterey Bay Community Power, a community choice aggregation in California, plans to develop microgrids and Friday released an application seeking customers to host projects. The solicitation (MGA-01-001) is the first step toward installing one or more microgrid projects in the aggregrator's service territory: Monterey, San Benito and Santa … [Read more...]

How to Keep Africa’s Minigrids from Becoming a Bridge to Nowhere

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A push is on to bring electricity to the nearly one billion people who lack it worldwide. But if you build it will they come? Apparently not, as some minigrid developers are finding in Sub-Saharan Africa. Electricity does little good for those who have nothing to plug in. And unfortunately that’s too often the case in remote areas with new … [Read more...]

Largest Renewable Energy Microgrid in Australia Offers Businesses Lower Cost Energy

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Sophie Vorrath of One Step off the Grid describes how Australia's largest renewable energy microgrid will offer lower cost energy for businesses. Victoria’s coal power hub, the Latrobe Valley, is set to host Australia’s “largest” renewable energy microgrid, after a $15 million solar and battery storage project proposed by a consortium of … [Read more...]

Minigrids in Nigeria: A $20B Business Opportunity for the Greater Good

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Minigrids represent a $20 billion business opportunity in Nigeria and a chance to improve the lives of over half the population that remain without electricity, according to a report released today. Prepared by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, the report focuses on how lack of electricity impedes business … [Read more...]

California Seeks Way to Get Energy Choice Right This Time

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Given its influence, it’s never a pretty sight when California goes astray on energy policy. The energy crisis of 2000-01 still looms large. Its rolling blackouts and skyrocketing costs impaired America’s then nascent customer choice movement. But fast forward nearly two decades and customer choice is reborn -- although not in the way the … [Read more...]

DSP Isn’t Just Any Old Energy Acronym. National Grid Shows Why in Buffalo

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The energy industry loves its acronyms. One often heard in New York is DSP, which stands for distributed system platform. The three letters hold a lot of meaning for those in the distributed energy business, as a National Grid project in Buffalo has begun to demonstrate. DSP describes a new utility business model that the state is moving … [Read more...]

Three Events that Signal Change in the Microgrid Landscape

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As energy insiders gathered in Chicago last week at Microgrid 2018, three events unfolded that signal how microgrid growth may take shape in the coming months and years. The first is the accession of microgrid champion Anne Pramaggiore to CEO of Exelon Utilities, one of the largest utilities in the US. The second was an entrance of an oil … [Read more...]

Building a Microgrid Incrementally to Avoid Breaking the Budget

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Michael Bakas, executive vice president of distributed energy systems at Ameresco, and Will Agate, president & founder of NetZero Microgrid Solutions, offer ideas on how to build a microgrid incrementally. Both Bakas and Agate are featured panelists at Microgrid 2018 this week in Chicago. Their companies have been working together on one of the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Clustering and the Dilemma of Human Nature

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It won’t happen overnight, but eventually microgrids will interact with each other to achieve greater efficiencies, a concept known as microgrid clustering or grid-of-microgrids. How much and how soon remains to be seen, but clustering is beginning. Commonwealth Edison is the first utility to move forward with a microgrid cluster of … [Read more...]