Liberty Utilities Proposes Microgrid with Tesla Batteries at California Ski Resort

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Liberty Utilities has begun exploring a utility microgrid in the North Tahoe region of California that would use up to 8 MW of Tesla batteries to prepare the grid for more renewable energy and reduce power supply costs. The Olympic Valley Microgrid Project would be owned, operated and maintained by the utility at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, … [Read more...]

How Many Microgrids Are There Exactly?

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Trying to determine how many microgrids exist in the world is not easy. No central registry exists. And while some microgrids receive global publicity, others are quietly operating in places as far-flung as the remote Himalayas. Navigant Research has been hard at work trying to track down exactly how many microgrids are out there. The research … [Read more...]

ComEd’s Much-Watched Bronzeville Microgrid Wins Key Backing

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Chicago’s much-watched Bronzeville microgrid has scored a key win with an administrative law judge recommending that state regulators okay the Commonwealth Edison project. Countering objections from the state attorney general, Administrative Law Judge Jessica Cardoni found the plant to be “prudent and reasonable” in a proposed order filed with … [Read more...]

Will the New Solar Tariffs Hurt the Microgrid Industry? Yes and No

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Energy insiders offered mixed views this week about how new solar tariffs imposed by the Trump administration will impact the microgrid industry. The tariff on imported solar panels and cells came in response to complaints from two foreign-owned solar companies operating in the US. The companies said they were forced into bankruptcy as a result … [Read more...]

Microgrids Among Winners of $20M in Energy Storage Grants from Massachusetts

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Several microgrids are among the more than two dozen winning projects that will share $20 million in energy storage grants announced today by Massachusetts. Reflecting the reality of today’s market, battery technology dominated the winners list, although some projects also employ thermal and flywheel storage. Use of battery storage has increased … [Read more...]

Western Australia Utility Tests Solar Plus Storage, Microgrids to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARNEA) has awarded Western Australia's Horizon Power US$1.44 million toward a distributed solar plus storage microgrid to test how weather affects behind-the-meter solar networks and improve upon microgrids. The ultimate goal is to reduce reliance on fossil fuel power generation while delivering reliable, … [Read more...]

Exploring How Microgrids are Changing the Role of the Utility

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In this video interview from Microgrid 2017 in Boston, Daniel Wycklendt, business development manager, distribution automation at G&W Electric, describes utility transformation in the era of the microgrid. Kevin Normandeau, publisher of Microgrid Knowledge, asked Wycklendt about the buzz at the recent event, and what G&W Electric … [Read more...]

Grid Modernization in Rhode Island: Small State, Big Vision

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Rhode Island may be a small state, but there is nothing diminutive about its grid modernization plan, which draws a big circle around what ails the electric grid and aims with bull's-eye precision at the solutions. Released last week, “Rhode Island Power Sector Transformation, Phase 1,” starts by tackling the core of what troubles New … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2017: ComEd CEO Sees Microgrids Emerging as “Defining Infrastructure”

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Microgrids offer answers to some of the most important questions facing the electric industry as it undergoes a technological tsunami, said Microgrid 2017 keynote speaker, Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of utility giant Commonwealth Edison. Held in Boston, the Nov. 6-8 event attracted more than 460 participants, making it the largest … [Read more...]

Recent Hurricanes Underscore Need for Utility Microgrids: S&C Electric

Recent hurricanes -- and the power outages that resulted -- make it clear that regulators must develop economic models that will allow more utility microgrids and energy storage, says S&C Electric’s Michael Kilpatrick. “Utilities should be able to build microgrids, operate them, and get cost recovery for them. And there is no mechanism … [Read more...]