Threat of Wildfires and Power Shutdowns Heightens Urgency for Microgrid in California Community

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Recent power shutdowns by Pacific Gas &Electric (PGE) -- and the likelihood of more to come -- has renewed the urgency of a microgrid feasibility study being carried out for the Northern California City of Calistoga. California utilities undertake the shutdowns, known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) when wildfire risk heightens. … [Read more...]

$39 Million of Microgrid Funding for Tribal Lands

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Six tribal microgrids will be built on Native American lands via a $39 million investment from the tribes and federal Indian energy funds. The microgrids -- four "shovel-ready" microgrids for communities and two for facilities — are part of 14 tribal energy infrastructure projects awarded money via the US Department of Energy's Office of … [Read more...]

Small Businesses in New York City Install Microgrids with RISE Funds

New York City

UGE International recently signed a contract with the New York City Economic Development Corp. (NYEDC) to deploy 10 solar and battery storage microgrids in New York City, part of program boosting microgrids for small businesses in the city. The contract grew out of NYEDC’s Resiliency Innovation for a Stronger Economy (RISE) program that was … [Read more...]

Micro Power Plant Start-Up Aims to Spur Decentralized Energy Revolution in Myanmar

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A solar energy-centered microgrid start-up -- one that develops what it calls micro power systems -- is bringing electrification for the first time to towns and villages in Myanmar. Gaining the support of foreign development organizations such as Norway's Norfund, Yoma Micro Power has installed 51 off-grid micro power plants in rural Myanmar … [Read more...]

Advisian Leaders Showcase Advanced Energy Software Tool

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In an interview at Microgrid 2019, two Advisian executives — Tristan Jackson, director, smart and distributed energy and Andrea Ruotolo, senior manager, smart and distributed energy — discuss the company’s latest advanced energy software tool.  Advisian is the technical consulting branch of Worley — a 55,000 person engineering services firm … [Read more...]

Solar Housing Linked to Bronzeville Microgrid Provides Social Justice, Technology Research

Bronzeville Microgrid

Chicago's Bronzeville microgrid project is demonstrating the social justice benefits of decentralized energy with the completion this month of solar installations on 660 residential units in the Dearborn Homes Community. The project, a partnership of Exelon subsidiary Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), developer VLV Development and the Chicago Housing … [Read more...]

With California’s Wildfire Season Coming, San Diego Microgrids Face Two-Year Delay

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As California’s wildfire season approaches, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) faces regulatory delays of up to two years for 100 MW of proposed storage-backed microgrids that aim to provide resiliency, especially to protect essential community services. “As a utility company, our mandate and charge is to provide safe and reliable … [Read more...]

Are California Utilities Heading Down the Wrong Path as Wildfire Season Approaches?

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A new report warns that California may be heading down the wrong path when it comes to preparing its grid for wildfires and points to microgrids as a better solution. Utilities are proposing a range of costly investments to the central grid that may take decades, which still leave “substantial risk” for power outages, says “California’s … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids: Don’t Let the Meter Get in the Way of Benefits

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This is the latest in a series of articles focusing on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we look at how to make the most out of utility microgrids. Utility microgrids can yield numerous benefits to customers and communities, especially as prosumers bring new technologies and sources of power to the grid … [Read more...]

Zero Net Energy Alliance Wins $5M Microgrid Grant from the California Energy Commission

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The Zero Net Energy Alliance yesterday won approval of a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to demonstrate advanced microgrids at schools and residential areas in the city of Lancaster. The project will create a virtual power plant to save money, generate revenue and enhance grid resilience. A non-profit, the Zero Net … [Read more...]