Utility Microgrids Come to California with Speed — and Invention

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Utility microgrids are coming to California — and fast — according to plans filed before state regulators last week by the state’s three investor-owned utilities. At the urging of the public utilities commission, the utilities are trying to install microgrids quickly, many in 2020, to reduce power outages when the next wildfire season … [Read more...]

How to Get to 100% Renewables? Use Microgrids Says Plan for Cranston, Rhode Island

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The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats have launched an ambitious project that aims to ensure the city of Cranston achieves 100% renewable energy by 2030 using a series of solar and wind microgrids, a central microgrid, a virtual power plant (VPP) and a municipal utility. The hope is that the Cranston project, led by a group called Ocean State … [Read more...]

Xcel Energy to Build 7 Community Microgrids. Negotiating with Siemens and Fluence

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Xcel Energy is seeking regulatory approval to move forward with seven microgrids, at a cost to the utility of $23.4 million, chosen from a community resilience solicitation that the Colorado utility issued in May. The microgrids will serve the Denver International Airport Automated Guideway Transit System; National Western Center; Denver Rescue … [Read more...]

Another California School District Eyes Microgrid in Response to Wildfire Shutoffs

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Responding to wildfire-related power outages, a California school district has hired CleanSpark to study the feasibility of building a microgrid. CleanSpark is working with the Shoreline Unified School District north of San Francisco. If approved, the microgrid will use solar energy, energy storage and back-up generation to meet the … [Read more...]

Grassroots Push for Microgrid on Maine Island

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A Maine-based non-profit group is hoping to build on ENMAX's pending purchase of Emera Maine to create a microgrid on Mount Desert Island (MDI). The group — A Climate to Thrive (ACTT) — intervened late in the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s review of the proposed deal. The grassroots organization hoped that ENMAX would agree to support a … [Read more...]

Microgrids Up and Running Despite Earthquake and Massive Power Outage in Puerto Rico

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With a large swath of Puerto Rico in the dark as a result of this week’s earthquake, there is some good news from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Microgrids in 10 schools are up and running. The solar plus storage microgrids were recently installed by RMI, Save the Children and Kinesis Foundation. Built in remote regions, the microgrids … [Read more...]

Brooklyn Microgrid Moves Ahead with Pilot Regulatory Sandbox for Program

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LO3 Energy is moving ahead with a 12-month regulatory sandbox pilot program for its Brooklyn Microgrid project. The pilot program will allow participants in the microgrid project to trade energy attributes on LO3 Energy’s software platform. LO3 has run Brooklyn Microgrid as a test project since 2016. The project began in the Park Slope … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids: Four Examples of Local Energy that Improves Lives

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Community microgrids offer a way for neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities to meet their energy needs locally. Some make a community’s electricity more reliable and green; others serve critical facilities like fire, police and water treatment facilities; and still others are built for remote outposts that otherwise lack access to … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara School District Looks at 18 Sites for Microgrids. Intends to Issue RFP

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California’s rapid embrace of microgrids continued this week with a Santa Barbara school district approving feasibility studies for solar microgrids that it wants to fast track at as many as 18 sites. The Santa Barbara Unified School District voted Monday to hire the Clean Coalition and Sage Energy Consulting to conduct the studies and … [Read more...]

Sweden’s Summer Sunshine Stored in Hydrogen for the Winter

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Renovations to six public housing buildings in the small town of Vårgårda, South West Sweden will allow them to run on renewable energy all year round. Electricity and heat from a microgrid combining solar panels, batteries, heat pumps, hydrogen production and storage and hydrogen fuel cells will supply the 172 apartments. “We will be … [Read more...]