Future of Microgrids is ‘Bright’ as Costs Decline & Options Increase

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William Rambo, director of business development at POWER Engineers, offers his perspective on why the future of microgrids looks bright. Rambo describes his company's work undertaking complex projects and large-scale renewable integration. Watch his interview at Microgrid 2019 with Microgrid Knowledge's Ken Silverstein. Rambo helps lead one of … [Read more...]

Contract Awarded to Build First of Six Demonstration Microgrids at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

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Following the award of an $8.3 million grant, Burns & McDonnell plans to begin the first in a series of six military microgrids to support a multi-year initiative being carried out by Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH). The funds came from the Hawai'i Technology Development Corporation. “Energy resiliency is critical to making … [Read more...]

How Microgrid Infrastructure Will Enable the Electrification of Transportation

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Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun explores the role microgrid infrastructure will have in the electrification of transportation.  Not all that long ago, most people laughed at the idea that cars could run entirely on an electric charge, not to mention cars that could drive themselves. While it hasn’t happened overnight, there is no doubt the … [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...]

Cheaper, Cleaner, More Reliable: Australia Grid Operator Proposes Off-Grid Microgrids in Remote Areas

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Giles Parkinson of One Step Off the Grid explains a proposal released today by Australia's chief grid operator to replace large swaths of transmission and distribution with off-grid microgrids and solar plus storage. In a landmark development, Australia’s principal energy rule maker has paved the way for network operators to sever the … [Read more...]

The US Military Is Mission Ready: Why it Will Succeed Building Microgrids

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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 what it takes to develop military microgrids that keep power flowing to bases for at least 14 days during a catastrophe. When the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar near San Diego moved to use landfill … [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...]

Duke Energy and the No Controversy Microgrid: Hot Springs

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Again Duke Energy has scored an easy microgrid win, this time for the Hot Springs Microgrid in Madison County, which won approval last week from the North Carolina Utilities Commission. In February, the commission canceled a scheduled evidentiary hearing on the microgrid due to lack of controversy. Similarly, in 2017, Duke's 10-kW Mt. … [Read more...]

Eversource Takes Local Energy Concept to New Level with New Hampshire Microgrid Plan

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Eversource plans to develop an energy storage microgrid in New Hampshire that takes the local energy concept to a new level by pairing the microgrid with a bring-your-own-device program. The project also offers an example of a path for utilities to develop microgrids when state rules allow utility ownership of energy storage. Charlotte … [Read more...]