News, articles, case studies and information on companies and organizations shaping the future of the microgrid industry.

California Regulators Redirect Electric Transportation Strategy; Stakeholders Protest

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The California Public Utilities Commission late last week terminated its docket on transportation electrification and opened a new one to create a more coordinated strategy for electric vehicles and their integration into the electric grid. The order, particularly in its draft form, attracted opposition from industry stakeholders, who filed … [Read more...]

No Microgrid is an Island? A Look at the Growing Value of Connectedness

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Well, okay, some microgrids are electrical islands, particularly those that are on a literal island or in a desert or on a mountaintop or somewhere no central grid exists. They function in a stand-alone fashion, or in industry parlance islanded. Others operate independently just some of the time, separating from the central grid during a … [Read more...]

Most Read Industry Perspective Columns of 2018: Energy Storage, Microgrid Financing, EVs

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Over the course of each year, energy leaders from throughout the spectrum of microgrid industries offer insight to our readers through the Microgrid Knowledge Industry Perspectives column. The column features experts from leading companies and organizations, among them Ameresco, Dynamic Energy Networks, Eaton, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric, … [Read more...]

New York Approves Strategy to Install 3,000 MW of Energy Storage

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New York state regulators yesterday approved energy storage goals of 1,500 MW by 2025 and 3,000 MW by 2030, plus a strategy to reach them, including a $310 million incentive program. The commission has been considering its energy strategy for several months and collecting recommendations from industry players that ranged from accelerating … [Read more...]

How Fast is Energy Storage Growing? Here are the Numbers

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It's a bull market for energy storage, as evidenced by two separate reports issued this week by leading analytical firms. A quarterly report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Energy Storage Association (ESA) found a doubling of US energy storage projects in the pipeline, bringing the number to 32.9 GW. The report forecasts that … [Read more...]

Energy-as-a-Service Offers Hope to Airports, Railways and Seaports through Technological and Financial Innovation

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Karen Morgan, president and CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks, explores how energy-as-a-service can impact railways, airports and seaports to increase resiliency for America's transportation.  Railways, airports and seaports connect people and goods in essential ways, both locally and globally. Unfortunately, this connection becomes vulnerable … [Read more...]

Microgrids Reside at the Core of Tribal Electric Utilities

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Microgrids lie at the technological core of efforts by two Native American Tribal Nations to develop local electric utilities and gain greater degrees of self-reliance and sovereignty. Not far from Oklahoma City, Fire Lake Energy -- a nascent tribal utility being formed by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation -- is developing a 10-MW microgrid. The … [Read more...]

US Power Outages Double…Ameresco Acquires Solar Firm…Green Slowdown in Puerto Rico?

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US power outages double in EIA report The US grid is generally reliable, but severe storms are taking their toll and increasing power outages, according to the Energy Information Administration. EIA reported last week that power outages nearly doubled in 2017, which the federal agency attributed to hurricanes and winter … [Read more...]

SDGE Plans to Release an RFP Seeking a Microgrid Controller

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San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) plans to release a request for proposals (RFP) next month seeking a microgrid controller to help it manage energy storage and renewable energy. The California utility issued a notice Tuesday signaling the upcoming RFP, scheduled for release Wednesday, December 21. The utility seeks microgrid … [Read more...]

Making Microgrids as Simple to Deploy & Finance as Rooftop Solar

Scale Microgrid

Scale Microgrid Solutions is on a mission to make sophisticated microgrids as easy to deploy and finance as rooftop solar, said Timothy Hade, microgrid specialist for the company. “Our thesis is that at scale, microgrids have all sorts of great technical aspects that can make our total energy system cleaner, cheaper and more reliable. But … [Read more...]