Duke Energy Acquires a Portfolio of Distributed Fuel Cell Projects From Bloom Energy

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It’s the type of alliance that may be a harbinger of things to come in the energy sector: Duke Energy is acquiring a portfolio of projects from Bloom Energy that use fuel cells  — all part of Duke's efforts to provide on-site generation with microgrids to customers with critical loads. As both companies explained during interviews, the … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric & AlphaStruxure Talk Local Production, Efficient Consumption, Smart Acquisition

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In an interview with Juan Macias, CEO of AlphaStruxure, and Mark Feasal, vice president, smart grid, Schneider Electric, we learn about the microgrid and local energy strategies being pursued by the aligned companies. Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief, interviewed Macias and Feasel at Microgrid 2019 in San … [Read more...]

Utilities Propose Resiliency Adders that Could Benefit California Microgrids

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As California braces for a hot summer and another wildfire season, the state’s two largest utilities have put forward proposals aimed at mitigating those risks, including "resiliency adders," incentives that could encourage the development of microgrids. Both Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison (SCE) have petitioned the … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Tracker Identifies 575 More Projects; Rise of Asia Pacific Market

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Shayne Willette, research analyst, energy, at Navigant Research, highlights the latest data from the company's microgrid tracker, which has uncovered several notable trends.  In step with the decarbonization, decentralization, and digitization adage, microgrids are increasingly being recognized as viable alternative solutions for companies, … [Read more...]

What the Schneider/Autogrid Deal Signals about the Future of Microgrids

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Schneider Electric’s recent decision to take a stake in Autogrid hints at the future relationship between utilities and microgrids as data exchange grows in sophistication. A global energy leader in energy management and automation, Schneider is a strong player in both microgrids and the utility market. Autogrid, a California energy software … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Resources to Grow 15.9% CAGR

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Basic economics, local electricity prices and government incentives are driving the growth of distributed energy resources, including microgrids and solar-plus-storage, at a rapid clip, according to new findings by Navigant Research. On site power generation, battery storage and microgrids have emerged as a way to to increase the use of … [Read more...]

Ameresco Explores the Benefits of Green Campus Microgrids

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Michael Bakas, executive vice president, Ameresco, describes the benefits of green campus microgrids. Such projects help campuses reach sustainability markers, as well as economic goals when they are financed through energy performance contracts. In addition, campus microgrids can serve as learning labs that give graduating students a leg up in the … [Read more...]

What are Non-Wires Alternatives?

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Non-wires alternatives (NWAs) use distributed energy resources and microgrids to defer or replace the installation of more traditional 'wires and poles' infrastructure. When utilities choose non-wires alternatives, they often save ratepayers money by avoiding investments in costly infrastructure. By utilizing distributed energy resources (DER) at … [Read more...]

S&C Electric VP on Non-Wires Alternatives: Faster, Better, Cheaper

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Erik Svanholm, vice president, non-wires alternatives for S&C Electric, defines the term 'non-wires alternatives' and gives examples of how microgrids can provide these alternatives to traditional investments in wires and the transmission grid during an interview with Microgrid Knowledge's Elisa Wood at Microgrid … [Read more...]

Here Comes the World’s Biggest Virtual Power Plant — And it’s Behind the Meter

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Japan is taking a leap ahead of the rest of the world, with the help of California company Autogrid, in developing what's described as the largest behind-the-meter (BTM) virtual power plant. The project will aggregate 10,000 distributed energy assets which, as one resource, will sell power into the nation’s wholesale energy market, still … [Read more...]