Utility Non-Wires Alternative RFPs Coming to Massachusetts?…Enel X Expands Canadian Footprint

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Massachusetts House paves way for non-wires alternative solicitations The Massachusetts House of Representatives yesterday approved a grid resiliency bill that could open the way for utilities to issue competitive solicitations for non-wires alternatives. HB 4739 would require that utilities file annual resiliency reports to show areas of … [Read more...]

Partnership Searches for Grid Resiliency Policy that Can Work Across the States

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A new research project intends to scrutinize US public policy on grid resiliency with an eye toward creating a model approach that can be applied at the state level. Protect Our Power, a bipartisan advisory panel, and the Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment also will look at the role of distributed energy resources … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Seeks Developers for Five Industrial Microgrids

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Puerto Rico continues to make good on its promise to rebuild with microgrids, issuing five solicitations this week for industrial microgrids that can operate independently from the grid indefinitely. The solicitations are the island's latest move to segment its grid after a near total collapse from the September 2017 Hurricane Maria. The … [Read more...]

California Bill Would Make it Easier to Develop Clean Energy Microgrids; Nixes Fossil Fuels

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California lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it easier to develop clean energy microgrids and prohibit those that use certain fossil fuels. Now in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Senate Bill 1339 passed the Senate in a 29-8 vote in late May and underwent revision in committee July 5. The legislation would prohibit … [Read more...]

NEC and Distributed Energy Storage in Brazil…California’s Grid and WildFires…CHP in Maryland

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NEC supplies distributed energy storage system for archipelago NEC Energy Solutions is supplying its first distributed energy storage system in Brazil for a research and development project that will focus on demand charge management and firming of solar power for an archipelago. Supplied for the Neoenergia Group, one of the largest Brazilian … [Read more...]

“We Want Microgrids Everywhere,” says Puerto Rico’s Gov. Rosselló

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“We want microgrids everywhere,” said Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in a recent discussion of his Energy 2.0 plan and a future that allows citizens to choose whether they want to stay on the grid or leave it. Part of his "New Vision for Puerto Rico" speech at the Aspen Ideas Festival June 26, Rosselló's remarks signaled the continued … [Read more...]

Port of San Diego to Demonstrate How Microgrids Benefit Ports Worldwide

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The Port of San Diego aims to show the world just how much microgrids benefit ports with its solar microgrid project, supported with a $4.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). About $4.4 million in matching funds will be provided by the port for the microgrid, which is expected to have 700 kW of solar and 700 kW of … [Read more...]

Smoothing the Path for DER Orchestration: New Rules for a New World

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In the previous installment of the Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series focused on distributed energy management systems (DERMS) and virtual power plants (VPPs), we covered how DERMS and smart inverters can bring distributed resources onto the grid. In the fifth installment, we explore how technology and updates in utility rules and … [Read more...]

DSP Isn’t Just Any Old Energy Acronym. National Grid Shows Why in Buffalo

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The energy industry loves its acronyms. One often heard in New York is DSP, which stands for distributed system platform. The three letters hold a lot of meaning for those in the distributed energy business, as a National Grid project in Buffalo has begun to demonstrate. DSP describes a new utility business model that the state is moving … [Read more...]

New York Paves the Way to Understanding Microgrid Utility Requirements

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What lessons can we take from New York when it comes to navigating local microgrid utility requirements? According to a new Veolia white paper: The answer is quite a few. In the new report, Veolia, which focuses on optimized energy resource management, highlights how microgrids present a reliable, resilient, and cost-effective alternative … [Read more...]