Microgrid Clustering and the Dilemma of Human Nature

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...]

Cryptocurrency Companies to See Electric Rates Rise in NY. Opening for Microgrids?

Certain New York utilities can now charge higher rates to cryptocurrency companies, a business sector viewed as ripe for microgrids. The state Public Service Commission on Thursday ruled (Case No. 18018/18-E-0126) that upstate municipal power authorities may create special rates for the companies, known for their use of vast amounts of energy in … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Gets Biggest Boost in Years. Thank you FERC

A recent federal ruling is likely to give energy storage its biggest boost in years, and buoy microgrids along the way, by granting storage more access to revenue from competitive wholesale electricity markets. Issued February 15 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the rule aims to eliminate barriers that prevent energy storage from … [Read more...]

LO3 Blockchain to Connect Microgrids to European Wholesale Power Market

LO3 Energy and European electricity exchange EPEX Spot plan to develop blockchain energy trading and transaction systems to link microgrids with the European wholesale power market. Staging an international launch event in Paris this week, EPEX Spot and New York-based LO3 Energy signed a memorandum of understanding to share their … [Read more...]

New GTM Report Forecasts $12.5B Microgrid Investment within US by 2022

A report released today by GTM Research forecasts $12.5 billion in microgrid investment within the United States over the next six years. “U.S. Microgrids 2017: Market Drivers, Analysis and Forecast” identifies 3.2 GW of existing microgrid capacity growing to 6.5 GW by 2022, a 14.1 percent compound annual growth rate. The report shows a … [Read more...]

Microgrid Technology May be Taking Off Faster than Expected

Rapid disruption in the electric power world has skeptics changing their minds about how quickly microgrid technology will take off. Demand Energy's Doug Staker says he numbers himself among them. With the business case proving itself more quickly than many originally envisioned, microgrid technology is going to “accelerate faster than most … [Read more...]

Tanzania’s Mini-grids and the Pitfalls and Potential of the Pan-Africa Microgrid Market

Eliminating energy poverty looms large among the 17 main goals that make up the UN’s strategic sustainable development agenda. Sub-Saharan Africa, where more people lack access to electrical power than any other major world region, is a focal point for associated efforts. Mini and microgrids are playing a growing role. More than 70 percent of … [Read more...]

Maryland Utility Proposes $44.2M Pilot for Public Purpose Microgrids

Pepco has filed a $44.2 million proposal with Maryland regulators to build two public purpose microgrids, designed to keep power flowing to essential societal services during a grid outage and bolster utility operations on normal days. The Exelon subsidiary petitioned for approval of the microgrids before the Maryland Public Service … [Read more...]

Major Australian Power Retailer Trials Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading

Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid describes a new peer-to-peer blockchain energy trading trial underway in Australia. Another of Australia’s major power retailers, Origin Energy, has dipped its toe into the peer-to-peer energy trading future, with the launch of a trial with Perth-based blockchain energy market provider, Power … [Read more...]

Stacking Energy Storage Values to Make Batteries More Profitable: Brattle Report

Stacking energy storage values -- capturing many value streams -- can lead to profitable projects, even at current storage costs, according to a new report from economists at The Brattle Group. The report, "Stacked Benefits: Comprehensively Valuing Battery Storage in California," focuses on California, but its conclusions apply generally to the … [Read more...]