With San Diego Airport Microgrid, No More Blackouts and $6.4M/year Saved

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Before the San Diego International Airport microgrid was built, the airport experienced four to five blackouts a year, each which lasted two to eight hours, according to Darr Hashempour, CEO of DH Green Energy, the consulting firm that designed and built the microgrid. The blackouts -- which occurred during San Diego Gas and Electric's … [Read more...]

San Diego Zoo Adds Storage to its Energy Menagerie

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San Diego Zoo Global has chosen a unit of EDF Renewables North America to provide a 1 MW/4 MWh energy storage system that is designed to reduce energy costs while limiting emissions at the zoo. The zoo will use the storage project to smooth spikes in energy usage, thereby, lowering demand charges. The system will also minimize energy costs by … [Read more...]

Mitsui & Co Takes Equity Stake in Sempra’s PXiSE Energy Solutions

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Global giant Mitsui & Co has acquired up to 20 percent of PXiSE Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, in a move that is expected to accelerate the software company’s microgrid play. Announced today, the multi-million dollar investment deal brings Mitsui’s sales and marketing reach to PXiSE’s high-speed software, designed for … [Read more...]

New Microgrid for South Australia, Storage for San Diego, and Off-Grid Electricity for Uganda

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South Australia microgrid to provide secure power for transmission network Australia continues to be a mecca for microgrid projects with another announced today, this one for Electranet, South Australia’s principal transmission network service provider. The microgrid is being installed to ensure stable power supply in an area with … [Read more...]

California Names 10 Winners for $51.9 Million in Microgrid Grants

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Look for acceleration of the already active California microgrid market following yesterday’s announcement that *proposes 10 new projects for $51.9 million in microgrid grants. The money comes from the California Energy Commission, which had originally planned to allot $44.7 million but increased the offering after reviewing the 60 grant … [Read more...]

For Utilities, Electric Vehicles are the New Air Conditioners

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Electric vehicles are quickly becoming one of the largest flexible loads on the grid in some areas, and the growth parallels the increase in numbers of air conditioners years ago, says a new study from the Smart Electric Power Alliance. However, the popularity of electric vehicles poses problems for utilities, which are finding that time-of-use … [Read more...]

AEP Seeks Okay to Invest $52M in 8-10 Utility Microgrids

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American Electric Power (AEP) unveiled plans this week to invest $52 million to build 8-10 utility microgrids as part of a smart city design for Columbus, Ohio. AEP Ohio filed the microgrid proposal with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as part of an update to the utility’s Electric Security Plan. The proposal makes AEP the latest in a … [Read more...]

Why the Utility-Microgrid Relationship May Grow Stronger: Hitachi

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The utility-microgrid relationship looked rocky early on. Like rooftop solar, here was another competitor threatening to rob away customers from utilities already nervous about flattened electricity demand in the U.S. But something’s changing, according to Steve Pullins, vice president of energy solutions at Hitachi Americas. More and … [Read more...]

$2.1 Million Campus Microgrid Addresses Sustainability Goals Outlined by Pope Francis and Other Quick News

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Work to Begin on $2.1 Million Campus Microgrid at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota The University of St. Thomas is committed to becoming a carbon neutral campus by 2035. It is also among the Catholic engineering schools from across the country whose deans pledged to drive activity on their campuses … [Read more...]

Green & Distributed Energy Solicitations in Ontario, Hawaii, California

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Hawaii, Ontario and California have green and distributed energy solicitations in various stages of planning or action, some directly tied to microgrid and smart grid efforts. Hawaii Hawaiian Electric Companies recently laid out a near-term path toward its 30-year goal to achieve 100 percent renewable energy. Called the Power Supply … [Read more...]