Puerto Rico’s Utility Calls for Making the Island into Eight Minigrids

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Puerto Rico’s utility is calling for segmenting the island's electrical grid into eight minigrids, myriad microgrids and installing more energy storage than is now in all 50 US states. The concept is outlined in a draft integrated resource plan (IRP) that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) plans to finalize and submit to … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids Poised to Dramatically Change Energy Landscape

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Developments in technology, shifting markets, and the rise of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as solar, are working to change the traditional way of doing business for utilities and beyond. That’s according to a new white paper from Siemens that explores what the company calls “the dawn of the microgrid.” The report explains … [Read more...]

A Case in Point of the First Utility-Operated Microgrid Cluster in the United States

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Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz offers a lens into the first utility-operated microgrid cluster in the US, Commonwealth Edison's Bronzeville microgrid, a project that uses Siemens' microgrid software.  Today, for many states in the US, integrating distributed energy resources (DERs) is becoming increasingly important, and communities are creating … [Read more...]

New Year’s Resolutions for the Microgrid Industry from 4 Leading Companies

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What needs to be done in 2019 to spur more microgrid growth? We asked four microgrid industry leaders – Ameresco, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric and Siemens. Here are their New Year's resolutions, lightly edited for brevity and clarity. Ameresco Will Agate, Ameresco's vice president - microgrid services, expects 2019 to go down as … [Read more...]

10 Most-Read Articles on Microgrid Knowledge in 2018

Our annual most-read microgrid articles list, a compilation of those that attracted the highest number of pageviews, offers insight into some of the big events and trends of the year. Topics that captured reader attention included solar microgrids, microgrid costs, Puerto Rico’s rebuild, energy storage, new microgrid projects and players, DC … [Read more...]

Top Microgrid White Papers of 2018 Cover Financing, Operation, Clean Energy & More

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Microgrid Knowledge offers a library of industry white papers and reports that we update regularly. Top microgrid whitepapers for 2018 -- those downloaded the most -- covered microgrid financing, clean energy microgrids, business models, electrical reliability and more. The most popular reports came from Siemens, Schneider Electric, Eaton, … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Distribution Feeder Microgrids Get a Closer Look with a $20M Grant

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Distribution feeder microgrids are about to get a closer look thanks to a $20 million grant the National Science Foundation awarded to a consortium of research institutions. The money will go toward developing the New Mexico SMART Grid Center, a grid modernization project exploring how consumers can generate, store, and manage energy on … [Read more...]