We Want Sun: A 100% Renewable Puerto Rico?

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US energy researchers and a group of energy, public policy and labor interests in Puerto Rico last week issued a plan to put the island on a path towards 100 percent renewable energy. With power costs at 23 cents/kWh, it makes economic sense to develop generation that's not subject to fossil fuel price volatility and long power outages, … [Read more...]

Microgrid to Help Australian Farmers Tackle Energy Pain Points

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Sophie Vorrath, deputy editor of One Step off the Grid, describes a newly funded demonstration microgrid to help Australian farmers. A Victorian solar and storage microgrid project geared at helping Australian farmers to tackle energy-related “pain points,” including rising power prices and unreliable supply, has won state government … [Read more...]

Bloom Energy Secures $100M in Financing; Demand Grows for Fuel Cell Microgrids

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Fuel cell manufacturer Bloom Energy has secured $100 million in project financing from Key Equipment Finance, as it sees demand grow for microgrids. Key will provide lease financing for fuel cell projects in the commercial and indusrial sector, totaling about 10-15 MW. Bloom Energy says it will now be able to offer shorter term deal … [Read more...]

Nature Offers Real-Life Drama During Microgrid Tour in Wisconsin

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Nature decided to upstage the rest of the presenters during a microgrid tour last week at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton, Wisconsin. A massive thunderstorm hit on September 17 as about 75 members of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) toured the new 18,000 square-foot green building, served by the … [Read more...]

The Future Looks Increasingly Electric: Report on 2050

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A report issued today by DNV GL finds electricity consumption rising worldwide by 2050, transmission and distribution systems expanding, and a continuing role for microgrids. Electricity generation will account for 45 percent of all energy demand by 2050, more than double the current rate, according to DNV GL’s “Energy Transition Outlook … [Read more...]

Redundancy Failed at Reagan International Airport, Causing 90-minute Outage

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A 90-minute power outage Wednesday night at Reagan International Airport occurred after redundancy built into the power system failed, according to a spokesman for Dominion, the utility that serves the Washington, DC-area airport. Two utility feeds power the airport, and both went down, said Charles Penn, spokesman. Beyond that, the utility … [Read more...]

Why Sustainable Power Systems is Adding BluWave-ai Artificial Intelligence to its Microgrid Controller

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Technology provider Sustainable Power Systems is incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) into its microgrid controller via BluWave-ai, a company dedicated to bringing AI to distributed, renewable energy. The move comes as AI use grows across a range of industries to provide bespoke solutions based on empirical data and advanced, … [Read more...]

Seeking Airport Resiliency with Microgrids? Start Here

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More and more airports are interested in developing microgrids following last December's power outage at the Atlanta airport. But often transportation officials aren't sure how to get started. The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) aims to help them by developing a “microgrid implementation toolkit," according to Adam Klauber, RMI's director, … [Read more...]

Kaiser Permanente, Project Partners Showcase Hospital Solar-Storage Microgrid Demonstration

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A solar-storage microgrid demonstration at a California hospital aims to deliver substantial energy cost savings, as well as enhance reliability, resiliency and environmental quality. Renewable energy microgrids, such as the one up and running at Kaiser Permanente's Richmond Medical Center, have the potential to reduce hospitals' energy bills by … [Read more...]

Port of San Diego to Demonstrate How Microgrids Benefit Ports Worldwide

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The Port of San Diego aims to show the world just how much microgrids benefit ports with its solar microgrid project, supported with a $4.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). About $4.4 million in matching funds will be provided by the port for the microgrid, which is expected to have 700 kW of solar and 700 kW of … [Read more...]