Energy Storage Instead of Power Plants in NYC…Duke’s Battery Play…States Still Green

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Energy storage as solution to NYC power shortfall Thirty percent of New York City’s old fossil fuel plants are slated for retirement in the next five years. Could energy storage take their place? A new report, “New York City’s Aging Power Plants: Risks, Replacement Options and the Role of Energy Storage,” says it would be a wise environmental … [Read more...]

Grid Resiliency, Irma, and the Downside of Waiting until Disaster Strikes

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Despite a heroic effort by utilities, hundreds of thousands of customers remained without power in Florida on Monday, eight days after Hurricane Irma landed, heightening the call for greater grid resiliency. “Severe weather, like the hurricanes experienced in Texas and the Southeast, quickly put into the spotlight the fragile state of our … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Florida Aims for Hip, Two-Way Grid of the Future

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Duke Energy Florida has plans to re-make its grid into a two-way grid that incorporates renewable energy, storage, electric vehicle charging stations and smart meters and boosts resiliency. The plan is a blueprint for re-making a dated grid into a more fashionable system that’s bidirectional, flexible, protects itself against power outages … [Read more...]

Southern Company Advances National Microgrid Strategy

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Another major utility is on the move advancing a microgrid strategy to build projects beyond its regulated service territory, this one Georgia-based Southern Company. With assets of $109.7 billion, and 32,000 employees in four states, Southern is one of the largest U.S. electric utilities, ranked as number three for market value. It is pursuing … [Read more...]

Duke Sees Growth in Green Microgrids. Plus News from Congress, Stem & Axiom

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Green microgrids part of Duke's new sustainability plan Duke Energy highlights green microgrids as a possible "new growth initiative" in its recent corporate sustainability report. Microgrids aren't new, but "Duke Energy’s efforts to power them with renewable energy have caught the attention of the industry," says the report. For … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Microgrid Goes Live and We Ask, “Has the Industry Crossed the Chasm?”

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Two carefully-watched microgrids took big steps forward April 6. The Schneider Electric microgrid was unveiled in Massachusetts, and Duke Energy won regulatory approval for its unusual Mount Sterling project in North Carolina. The success of these projects brings good news to the young microgrid industry. But it is still not clear whether … [Read more...]

Long-Term Energy Storage: What are the Options When Lithium-ion Falls Short?

Lithium-ion batteries are best positioned to meet the demand for energy storage over the next five to 10 years, but in the long run, other battery storage technologies will be needed for long-term energy storage and larger- scale applications. That's the word from Lux Research, which recently outlined up-and-coming battery storage technologies … [Read more...]

More Good News for Duke on Renewable Microgrid in Great Smoky Mountains

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Duke Energy has received more good news on its plan to build a renewable microgrid on Mount Sterling, this time with the staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) recommending approval. In addition, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, often a tough critic of the utility, has given the project its blessing and … [Read more...]

What, No Opposition? The Latest on Duke’s Unusual Mount Sterling Microgrid

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You won’t see this often. North Carolina regulators have canceled a hearing on an energy project – Duke Energy’s Mount Sterling microgrid – because no one had anything bad to say about it. Energy projects are notoriously galvanizing. Even small rooftop solar projects sometimes get kicked to the curb by someone who doesn’t like the looks of them. … [Read more...]

Maryland County Contracts for Two Advanced Microgrids for Public Safety

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Montgomery County, Maryland plans to build advanced microgrids at two public safety facilities in a deal announced this week during the DistribuTECH conference in San Diego. The advanced microgrids will be installed at the county's Public Safety Headquarters and Correctional Facility under a contract with Duke Energy and Schneider … [Read more...]