Why DOE’s Plan Won’t Create a Resilient Grid. But What Might…

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A funny thing happened on the way to creating a more resilient grid in the United States. Rather than promoting technologies that actually do this – like microgrids – the Department of Energy (DOE) is pushing old-style generators that are part of the problem. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in September asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission … [Read more...]

Maryland Utility Proposes $44.2M Pilot for Public Purpose Microgrids

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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...]

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

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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...]

Why We Need More Microgrids for Resilience, but Aren’t Getting Them

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The “vulnerable” U.S. electric grid needs more microgrids for resilience, but outdated rules may get in the way, according to a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The congressionally-mandated report listed microgrids and other distributed energy resources (DERs) as among 12 fixes to bolster a grid that … [Read more...]

Southern Company Advances National Microgrid Strategy

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Another major utility is on the move advancing a microgrid strategy to build projects beyond its regulated service territory, this one Georgia-based Southern Company. With assets of $109.7 billion, and 32,000 employees in four states, Southern is one of the largest U.S. electric utilities, ranked as number three for market value. It is pursuing … [Read more...]

Bigger is Not Better: Grid Modernization and the Antiquated Concept of ‘Baseload’

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The US electric grid is having its smart phone moment. Will the federal government get in the way? That’s the worry of clean energy groups that are arming themselves with research on grid modernization. The groups are responding to an April 14 memo where U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry questions policy that encourages renewable and … [Read more...]

Disruptive Energy Market Triggers Once in a Lifetime Investment Opportunity within PJM

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A disruptive energy market is leading to retirement of big coal-fired plants and paving the way for cleaner natural gas -- a resource often used in microgrids and combined heat and power. Christina Simeone, of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, explains the forces behind the shift within the nation's largest regional transmission organization, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Economics: Look Beyond Average Pricing in Volatile Markets

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Today’s low wholesale power prices suggest it’s a bad time to build power plants. But microgrid economics work differently. Turns out microgrids can thrive in the new wholesale market, according to Enchanted Rock (ERock). While large generation plants are suffering, the Texas-based microgrid developer says its finding opportunity because of the … [Read more...]

Three Ways Fuel Cell Microgrids Lower Energy Cost

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Businesses and institutions install fuel cell microgrids for many reasons. Driving down energy costs is a big one. Here we look at three ways fuel cell microgrids create financial advantage: By competing with utility pricing Through favorable financing models that reduce customer risk In achieving efficiencies through use of … [Read more...]

Why Energy Blockchain Intrigues Big Players Like Siemens

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Not so long ago energy blockchain technology had the futuristic feel of flying cars or colonies on Mars. But that has changed in recent months as credible players step in to test the transaction platform. Among them is energy giant Siemens, which formed a partnership in November with a startup, LO3 Energy, to figure out how to make energy … [Read more...]