Puerto Rico’s first ‘intermunicipal microgrid’ being developed

Puerto Rico's first intermunicipal microgrid — one that provides power to multiple towns and residents — is now under development by California-based microgrid developer XENDEE and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Called Microrred de la Montaña (Microgrid of the Mountain), the net-zero community microgrid will be governed by the island's … [Read more...]

Major Hurdles to the Fast and Scalable Deployment of Microgrids in the Defense and Government Marketplace

Michael Stadler, CTO, and Zach Pecenak, lead engineer at Xendee share three key elements for project success and efficiency for defense and government microgrids. Microgrids are considered to be a key element for energy security within the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal and state agencies. However, they are complex systems … [Read more...]

Welcome, Stranger, to the Real Energy Revolution: Demand Flexibility and Connected Communities

If you asked folks on the street about the energy revolution, they’d probably say something about wind and solar. They'd be a bit behind the times. Renewables were the game changer a decade ago. Today’s insurgent is energy flexibility. Energy flexibility is a software-driven ability imbued within advanced distributed energy resources, such … [Read more...]

Optimization Techniques for MaaS Business Models

A new white paper from Xendee looks at why designing microgrid as a service (MaaS) agreements requires state of the art design methods and comprehensive mathematical optimization techniques. Microgrids are complex systems that integrate different generation sources and deliver a variety of value streams. Plus, every system is different in … [Read more...]

Military Finds Integrating Storage into Microgrids Improves Performance, Lowers Costs

Integrating energy storage into microgrids can improve reliability and reduce costs on military bases that can take advantage of wholesale power markets and tax incentives, according to a report written for the US Department of Defense. The study — Design, Modeling, and Control of Hybrid Energy Storage System for Defense Installation Microgrids … [Read more...]

A Way to Speed up Microgrid Development?

The good thing about microgrids is that they are often built to the user’s particular needs. That’s also the bad thing about microgid development. Such tailoring — the kind found in advanced microgrids like those at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Princeton University, or Montgomery County, Maryland — takes a lot of planning. Consideration must … [Read more...]

What Will it Take to Boost Microgrid Markets to the Next Level?

Moving the microgrid market is an ambitious goal that will require policy changes, technology advances and a customer-centric approach, say several microgrid industry leaders recently interviewed by Microgrid Knowledge. Overall, this challenging effort delivers big benefits, they say. “It’s an exciting time to be in this industry,” says … [Read more...]

Translating DER and Microgrid Complexity into Simplicity & Bankability

The California Energy Commission (CEC) wants to make microgrids more bankable. But to do so it must first translate DER and microgrid complexity into simplicity. That's the aim of a $2 million grant that the commission awarded to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In turn, EPRI has hired Bankable Energy/Xendee -- developer of … [Read more...]