Texas Crisis Reveals the Grid’s Complications

The recent Texas disaster  has accelerated the conversation about creating a clean, resilient grid. But much work needs to be done to achieve that goal, according to three speakers who participated in a the recent Pecan Street webinar, "Addressing Technology Roadblocks to Clean Energy Adoption.” Pecan Street conducts research aimed at … [Read more...]

The Texas Grid is the Latest Too-Big-to-Fail Story

Blame is being assigned at warp speed for the massive power outages on the Texas grid, but the most basic danger isn’t being discussed: Big grids by their nature are prone to big failures. That’s not to say we should do away with large grids — they offer an efficient way to deliver power to many people over a dispersed geography. But as … [Read more...]

Texas on the Verge of an Energy Catastrophe: How Microgrids are Helping

The electric grid has been around for nearly 140 years, but it’s yet to overcome its biggest nemesis: the weather. Texas is showcasing that point this week as it suddenly rivals California in proving the need for microgrids. What happened in Texas and how bad is it? Very bad. Struggling to keep the grid from collapse, the grid operator … [Read more...]

Energy Industry Players Moving out of their Swim Lanes

New business models — such as utility use of mobile batteries for peak demand — are now emerging, along with new and needed distributed energy resource (DER) integration models, according to two new reports from Deloitte. Markets aren’t providing enough compensation for distributed energy resources (DER) which is blocking their expansion on the … [Read more...]

PJM Close to New Rules for Utility-Owned Microgrids

The PJM Interconnection is getting close to approving rules governing microgrids operated by distribution utilities or third parties on their behalf — what it calls public distribution microgrids. After being approved by various stakeholder panels, the PJM’s Markets and Reliability Committee (MRC) is set to review the proposed rules at a … [Read more...]

How to Make FERC 2222 Work for Microgrids

FERC 2222 presents promise  — but also challenges — for the US microgrid industry, according to energy policy experts who spoke this week at Microgrid 2020 Global, a virtual onference that attracted more than 4,300 people. The federal order, expected to pave the way for aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs) to compete with … [Read more...]

Concentric to Build 35-MW Microgrid in California with Innovative Wholesale Power Agreement

Concentric Power has struck a deal to build a 35-MW microgrid project in Gonzales, California that will operate under an unusual wholesale power agreement that involves a municipal utility, a local electric authority and retail customers. Unveiled yesterday, the $70 million microgrid is an economic development play to help attract businesses … [Read more...]

New York Regulators Approve Demand Response Change to Spur Storage

The New York Public Service Commission approved demand response program rules aimed at giving energy storage resources long-term contracting opportunities. In its September 17 decision, the commission changed proposed dynamic load management (DLM) implementation plans for New York’s six major electric utilities (CASE 18-E-0130). The plans … [Read more...]

How New York is Changing the Energy Storage Play in US Competitive Markets

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) last month became the first competitive venue in the world to allow energy storage to fully participate in a wholesale energy market. Stemming from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 841, which directs all independent system operators (ISO) and regional transmission … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Scores Big Win in US Wholesale Markets with FERC Order 2222

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday issued Order 2222, its much anticipated ruling that paves the way for aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs) to compete alongside traditional power plants and other grid resources in wholesale markets. The landmark ruling was heralded in a commission news release as … [Read more...]