Microgrid Policy: What Really Needs to be Done?

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Navigant's Peter Asmus provides an overview of US microgrid policy and identifies what's most needed to drive microgrid adoption. Asmus will be presenting these ideas at a special Microgrid 2019 pre-conference workshop May 13. In 2011, Connecticut was the first state to pass a law authorizing microgrids to serve community resilience. A … [Read more...]

Why It’s Hard to Create a Network of Community Microgrids in California

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Clean Coalition is on a mission to alter transmission access charges that the organization says unfairly boost the cost of local renewable energy and community microgrids in California. Eliminating the charges for locally produced renewables would lower the cost of renewable energy and microgrids, paving the way for more of both, says Craig … [Read more...]

Should Government Create Incentives for Microgrids? Industry Leaders to Explore the Idea at Special Workshop

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Government support for microgrids is scant in the US -- an issue that industry leaders plan to tackle during a pre-conference workshop on microgrid policy leading up to Microgrid 2019. State and federal incentives heavily influence which energy technologies prosper. All major energy resources — from energy efficiency to fossil fuels — have … [Read more...]

Bipartisan Group of US Lawmakers Introduce Extension of Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

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Electric vehicles got a nice jolt on Wednesday as a bipartisan group of US lawmakers introduced a bill to update and extend the federal electric vehicle tax credit. The way the law is written now, electric vehicle buyers get a tax credit of $7,500 but that deduction phases out once a carmaker sells 200,000 of them. Under the new bill, those … [Read more...]

Why Aren’t There More Multi-User Microgrids?

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When most people consider a microgrid, they think of on site generation serving a single business or an enclosed campus. But another concept is emerging called multi-user microgrids, which allows neighbors to share distributed energy resources to receive reliable electricity. Only a few such multi-user microgrids exist. But some electricity … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Goodbye to Arguments Against Renewables? New Studies Find them as Reliable and Cheap as Fossils

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Can renewables cost less than fossil fuel generation? And are they as reliable? It appears so, especially when they are coupled with a suite of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as virtual power plants and demand response. New reports by Energy Innovation Policy and Technology and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) lay out the … [Read more...]

Maine Lawmakers Revive Microgrid Bill as New Governor Creates a Pro-Green Climate

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Microgrids that regulators determine “serve the public interest” are back in play in Maine this year as lawmakers try to pass a bill that fell short a year ago. Legislators passed a bipartisan bill last year more clearly defining how microgrids could be created, but former Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed it. Newly elected Gov. Janet Mills … [Read more...]

How Batteries are Challenging Coal and Gas on Cost: BNEF

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The refrain that lithium-ion batteries are a good idea, but just too expensive, is beginning to ring hollow in some markets, according to new data from BloombergNEF (BNEF). In fact, batteries are experiencing what BNEF describes as a “spectacular” drop in per megawatt-hour costs — 76 percent since 2012. The research company this week … [Read more...]

Beneficial Electrification: Power as the Energy Source for Travel, Homes, Farms

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NRDC's Derek Murrow describes a partnership with America’s Electric Cooperatives to bring 'beneficial electrification' to areas of the economy traditionally reliant on fossil fuels. What if your water heater could function as a backup battery for the electric grid, and your kids rode to school in a clean electric bus that charged overnight, … [Read more...]