Who Pays on a Decentralized Grid? New York Tackles the Equity Problem with New Rates

standby and buyback rates

The New York Public Service Commission recently revamped utility standby and buyback rates to tackle the vexing problem of ratepayer equity in an age of distributed energy. The changes represent the next iteration in the state’s efforts to encourage wider adoption of clean energy while bringing rates more in line with market forces, all part … [Read more...]

Duke Energy and the No Controversy Microgrid: Hot Springs

Hot Springs Microgrid

Again Duke Energy has scored an easy microgrid win, this time for the Hot Springs Microgrid in Madison County, which won approval last week from the North Carolina Utilities Commission. In February, the commission canceled a scheduled evidentiary hearing on the microgrid due to lack of controversy. Similarly, in 2017, Duke's 10-kW Mt. … [Read more...]

Technology for Innovative Microgrid Solutions Continues to Progress

Microgrid Solutions

Ameresco's Jacqueline DeRosa explores the progression of microgrid solutions and innovative technology that has evolved rapidly in the years since Hurricane Sandy rocked the East Coast.  It has been seven years since Hurricane Sandy caused devastation and an estimated $70 Billion dollars of damage along the Atlantic coast. My mother, living … [Read more...]

Advanced Microgrid Controls: To Be or Not To Be – The Key Considerations to Help You Decide

Advanced Microgrid Controls

Siemens Digital Grid's Clark Wiedetz walks readers through through the question of whether to operate your microgrid using advanced microgrid controls that are centralized or simpler decentralized controls.  I recently attended the fourth annual Microgrid Conference in San Diego, hosted by Microgrid Knowledge. With more than 400 attendees, … [Read more...]

Solar-Plus-Storage is Critical to Microgrid Development

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This is the latest in a series of articles on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we focus on a discussion about energy storage from the panel "Beyond Islanding: The Well-Connected Microgrid." Microgrids increasingly depend on solar-plus-storage — or the ability to generate solar power on site and to … [Read more...]

InfraRed Capital Partners and Navigant Form Microgrid Development and Finance Company: Compass Energy Platform

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Two globally-recognized market leaders – InfraRed Capital Partners and Navigant Consulting -- today announced the formation of a company, Compass Energy Platform, which will develop and finance microgrids and other forms of distributed energy.  Compass will focus on communities as they prepare for the grid of the future with microgrids, … [Read more...]

Asset-Backed Demand Response: The ‘Next Big Idea’ in Energy

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The NRG editorial team explores the ins and outs of asset-backed demand response — what it calls "microgrid complexity made simple."  Over its first 100 years, electricity improved the way we live and work by bringing light to the world. Now, once again, it’s at the heart of human progress, this time with the rise of smart cities, electric … [Read more...]

Looking at Microgrids a New Way with DERMS

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In an interview leading up to Microgrid 2019, Siemens' Sacha Fontaine describes how microgrids and DERMS will shape the grid of tomorrow. If microgrids were purely backup power, it would be easy to determine who benefits from them: clearly the customers who are spared from power outages. But grid-connected microgrids do more than keep the … [Read more...]

Second-Life Electric Vehicle Battery Storage Helps Power Eaton Microgrid in South Africa

Eaton

An Eaton production facility in Wadeville, South Africa is reducing its energy and operational costs beyond its expectations thanks to a microgrid that uses first and second life electric vehicle batteries. The microgrid is reducing the production facility's monthly utility bill by 40%. Improved manufacturing plant up-time and reductions in … [Read more...]

Renewable Natural Gas as an Option for Microgrids

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The city of Phoenix, Ariz. is taking raw biogas produced at its wastewater treatment plant and cleaning it before it is compressed and injected in natural gas pipelines. The ultimate commodity is known as renewable natural gas, produced from any organic material found in landfills, sewage treatment or bio-digesters — and an excellent substitute for … [Read more...]