Follow the Electric Battery Revolution to California — With or Without Trump

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With or without support from the Trump Administration, the electric battery revolution is here to stay, and to accelerate that movement, we need only look to California. That's the word from Kevin Jones, director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, and co-author of the recently released “The Electric … [Read more...]

Ameren Microgrid Goes Live as First in Utility Cybersecurity

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The Ameren Microgrid, a complex cybersecure microgrid, is now live and operating adjacent to the University of Illinois in Champaign. Developed by Ameren Illinois, the 1.475 MW test project is being described by the utility and a key partner as one of the most technologically advanced utility-scale microgrids in North America. In addition to … [Read more...]

Research Microgrid in Alabama Neighborhood an IQ Test for Smart Systems

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A new residential neighborhood in Alabama will feature a research microgrid that aims to help Alabama Power better understand the benefits and appeal of smart systems, including microgrids and appliances that can be controlled by phones. Smart Neighborhood, a community of 62 homes, is a partnership among the utility, developer Signature … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids Win $7M from Washington State Clean Energy Fund

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Two utility microgrids – one under development by Avista and the other by the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) – yesterday received $3.5 million each from the state Clean Energy Fund. The utility microgrids are part of a larger push by the state to develop grid modernization models that can be replicated elsewhere. Issued … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Power Outages: A Guide for Utilities to Do More With Less Using an Advanced Distribution Management System

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Sally Jacquemin, Software Solutions Manager, Siemens Digital Grid,  shares a 'tale of two power outages,' and explains how utilities can do more with less using an advanced distribution management system.  Today’s distribution grid is characterized by evolving complexity. More and more resources are … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Installed at Denver’s Panasonic Hub

Panasonic’s operations hub in Denver has a brand new microgrid. Announced at the Energy Storage Association’s 27th Annual Conference, Younicos – in partnership with Panasonic and Xcel Energy – has commissioned a solar plus storage microgrid for a smart transit project underway in Denver. The 1 MW/2 MWh lithium ion battery system can be found at … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Revolution: What Business Models Will Prevail on the New Grid?

Mahesh Bhave offers a glimpse of future business models for the electric grid in edited excerpts from his book, The Microgrid Revolution: Business Strategies for Next Generation Electricity, Praeger, 2016. Overview: The book argues that the electricity grid of today needs to split up into a cluster of microgrids, interacting with each other, and … [Read more...]

CPS Energy’s Microgrid is the Start of Big Plans for the Utility

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CPS Energy’s microgrid, its first, is small. But don’t let that fool you. The San Antonio, Texas utility is thinking big. Located at the library of a military base, the microgrid is acting as a learning vehicle for the nation’s largest municipally owned gas and electric utility, a stepping stone toward its vision of a microgrid future. “We’re … [Read more...]

Gas Turbine Microgrids on Two Continents: Mirror Images of Reliability

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Gas turbine microgrids in Alaska and Australia offer mirror images of microgrid capabilities, as we explain in this excerpt from Gas Turbine Microgrids: Reliability and Sustainability through Intelligence. One of the benefits of gas turbine microgrids is their ability to ‘island’ electrical operations from the surrounding grid. In Sitka, … [Read more...]

How PEER Tests Microgrid Value and Shows if Your Smart City is Really Smart

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Another monster, grid-threatening storm is bearing down on the U.S. Northeast this week. If widespread electricity failures occur, analysts will once again try to figure out what power outages cost the economy, a way of pegging microgrid value. But there is another way to look at it – a more proactive approach. What’s the value of averting the … [Read more...]