Consumers Energy Plans Smart Energy District To Attract New Business

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Communities across America are trying to reinvent themselves — to become 21st Century models where businesses will locate and younger people will want to live. And one such idea is the “smart city,” which entails everything from creating green spaces to renewable energy hubs. The city of Jackson, Mich. is trying to do just that, using its downtown … [Read more...]

Horizon Power Chooses Senec to Supply Energy Storage for Onslow Microgrid

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Sophie Gale of Australia's One Step Off the Grid provides the latest update on the Onslow microgrid planned by Horizon Power in Western Australia.  Western Australia regional utility Horizon Power has tapped energy storage company Senec Australia to supply smart battery systems for its leading-edge microgrid project that aims to run the coastal … [Read more...]

North Carolina Regulators Cancel Hearing, Moving Duke Microgrid Closer to Fruition

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Duke Energy’s planned Hot Springs microgrid in western North Carolina moved closer to fruition earlier this week when state regulators canceled an evidentiary hearing scheduled for Feb. 25. In canceling the expert hearing, the North Carolina Utilities Commission noted that there was public support and no opposition to the proposed … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico’s Utility Calls for Making the Island into Eight Minigrids

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Puerto Rico’s utility is calling for segmenting the island's electrical grid into eight minigrids, myriad microgrids and installing more energy storage than is now in all 50 US states. The concept is outlined in a draft integrated resource plan (IRP) that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) plans to finalize and submit to … [Read more...]

Counting Microgrids, Southeast Asia Investment & Valuing DERs

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How many microgrids are there exactly? Navigant Research continues to doggedly track down just how many microgrids there are worldwide, recently bringing its database up to 2,258 projects. The Microgrid Deployment Tracker 4Q18 also found that planned and installed microgrid capacity is 19,575.0 MW. Utility microgrids account of 40 … [Read more...]

Duke Energy and Orlando Discussing Microgrid at Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Duke Energy Florida and the City of Orlando are discussing building a solar-plus-storage microgrid that would disconnect from the utility grid in the event of outages and provide power to the city's Iron Bridge sewage treatment plant. According to a memorandum of understanding (MOU), Duke would build, own and operate the plant. Initial … [Read more...]

California’s Changing Utility Rate Schedules Create an Opportunity for Energy Storage

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Terry Holtz, manager, technical sales at Enel X, offers insight on how California's changing utility rate schedules and distributed energy storage landscape are creating opportunities for energy storage.  California’s rising adoption of solar power has fundamentally altered traditional dynamics on its electric grid. In response, the state’s … [Read more...]

Storage is the Boss for Utility-Scale Microgrid Yielding 70% Renewables

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A utility-scale microgrid that uses energy storage has slashed the use of diesel fuel and allowed for up to 70 percent renewables to serve a Portuguese Island, Graciosa. The microgrid is made up of a 6-MW, 3.5-MWh battery system from Switzerland-based Leclanché, about 1.5 MW of wind energy, 3 MW of solar and an existing diesel system that … [Read more...]

Three Paths Ahead as Utility Microgrids Reach Inflexion Point: Navigant

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Utility microgrids are at an inflexion point, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The inflexion point comes from the confluence of two trends. First is the global growth of distributed energy resources (DER). The second is a change in utility attitudes toward microgrids. According to Navigant projections, global deployments … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids Poised to Dramatically Change Energy Landscape

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Developments in technology, shifting markets, and the rise of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as solar, are working to change the traditional way of doing business for utilities and beyond. That’s according to a new white paper from Siemens that explores what the company calls “the dawn of the microgrid.” The report explains … [Read more...]