PJM Begins Process to Study How Utility Connected Microgrids Fit in its Market

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The PJM Interconnection has begun a process to explore the role of utility connected microgrids in the organization’s wholesale power market. The process “is part of a general effort to make sure PJM rules can accommodate all types of cases and resources and make sure there is nothing that prohibits incorporating microgrids,” Andrew Levitt, … [Read more...]

Solar-Plus-Storage is Critical to Microgrid Development

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This is the latest in a series of articles on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we focus on a discussion about energy storage from the panel "Beyond Islanding: The Well-Connected Microgrid." Microgrids increasingly depend on solar-plus-storage — or the ability to generate solar power on site and to … [Read more...]

Microgrids “Shining Light” for US in World Energy Markets: Report

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US growth lags globally when it comes to technologies used in electricity delivery and management with one exception — the microgrid market — says a new report by the advocacy group Advanced Energy Economy. “In the US market, microgrids are a shining light,” says AEE’s 2019 market report, which looks at global energy revenue trends from … [Read more...]

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...]

New England Grid Operator Puzzles in Microgrids and Energy Storage: Regional Outlook

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The good news in New England is that the trend is toward using lower-carbon fuels. The bad news is that grid managers are operating on thin margins and may have to rely on costlier measures to maintain grid reliability. What role will energy storage and microgrids have during this period?   The New England Independent System Operator, … [Read more...]

Big Win for Local Energy: First Virtual Power Plant Snags Contract in US Wholesale Capacity Auction

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Sunrun last week became the first company to win a contract to supply capacity to a wholesale power market from a virtual power plant -- solar energy and storage aggregated from homes. The San Francisco, Calif. company, which sells solar power, battery storage and energy services to residential customers, competed head on with other … [Read more...]

Let’s Re-Design Wholesale Market Rules To Reap The Benefits of Solar and Wind: Report

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Making wholesale power market rules friendlier to solar and wind energy could bring numerous cost and flexibility benefits, said a new report from a non-profit dedicated to strengthening the U.S. economy with renewable energy. Even though the prices of solar and wind energy are lower in many areas than conventional options, grid operators … [Read more...]

PJM Rule Changes Could Reduce Revenue for Energy Storage

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The PJM Interconnection has made a temporary change in the rules for its frequency regulation market that could mean lower revenue and market participation for energy storage. The proposed rule -- which still requires approval by federal regulators -- addresses price spikes, or "price excursions," observed by PJM staff. Reinstates floor … [Read more...]

Making Way for Wholesale Distributed Generation: Not for the Faint of Heart

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Craig Lewis, founder and executive director, the Clean Coalition, is taking on the formidable task of galvanizing policy support in California for wholesale distributed generation, or WDG. This means nothing short of changing the way transmission costs are considered. In addition, the Clean Coalition is advocating for the use of feed-in … [Read more...]

Win for Virtual Power Plants and Aggregations in Australia

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Giles Parkinson, founder and owner of RenewEconomy, describes a wholesale market decision that is expected to boost virtual power plants and energy aggregations in Australia. Tesla and other proponents of virtual power plants and demand management schemes have scored a significant win after the country’s main energy market rule maker … [Read more...]