Hawaii Traverses New Ground with Microgrid Tariff

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Hawaii is traversing new ground as state regulators, its utility and other stakeholders work on what may become the first full microgrid tariff in the United States. The parties filed opening briefs this month before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, revealing the complexity of setting microgrid compensation via a utility tariff … [Read more...]

David Hochschild Appointed as New Chair of the California Energy Commission

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom this week appointed David Hochschild, a former solar energy executive and current commissioner, as new chair of the California Energy Commission. Hochschild replaces Robert Weisenmiller who plans to resign on February 21, after eight years as chair during the tenure of former Gov. Jerry Brown. Before joining … [Read more...]

Oregon’s Carbon-Capping Bill Could Boost Microgrid Development & Resilience

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A carbon-capping bill with good prospects to pass the Oregon Legislature could boost microgrid development and resilience efforts in the state. HB 2020, sponsored by the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction, where it is now being reviewed, doesn’t specifically address microgrids. But it will create an environment that’s friendly to them, said … [Read more...]

When the Reason for Microgrids Comes in a Flash

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Sometimes the reason for microgrids is so obvious it comes like a big blue flash in the sky. Such was the case in late December when Consolidated Edison’s system malfunctioned causing a gas flare that had some New Yorkers looking to the skies and wondering if space aliens had come to Queens. It took an announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to … [Read more...]

Big Win for Local Energy: First Virtual Power Plant Snags Contract in US Wholesale Capacity Auction

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Sunrun last week became the first company to win a contract to supply capacity to a wholesale power market from a virtual power plant -- solar energy and storage aggregated from homes. The San Francisco, Calif. company, which sells solar power, battery storage and energy services to residential customers, competed head on with other … [Read more...]

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...]

News from WorleyParsons, Leclanché and Environment America on Microgrids, Batteries and Clean Energy

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WorleyParsons to install microgrid at University of Toronto WorleyParsons, a global professional services firm for the energy sector, plans to install a direct current (DC) microgrid system at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Installed in collaboration with ARDA Power, the 150-kW system will be used in conjunction with the … [Read more...]

Innovation in US Infrastructure: A Digitized Future is Upon Us

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Mark Feasel of Schneider Electric looks at the Port of Long Beach in California as a model for how we can modernize infrastructure. Despite its position as a world power, the US infrastructure ranks behind that of most other advanced nations.  Today, the US spends less on infrastructure as a percentage of GDP than at any time in the past … [Read more...]

Microgrids Can Protect Public Health. So Why Aren’t We Using More that Way?

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Microgrids can protect public health during power outages by keeping the water clean, ensuring medical facilities are running, and keeping people cool during dangerous heat waves. But a number of challenges must be overcome, especially at the policy level, in order to realize these benefits. Both public-health and electricity industry … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Distributed Energy: How Customers Can Get Full Value

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How can energy customers get the full value from their microgrids and distributed energy resources? One approach is asset-backed demand response, explained in this final excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy  A push-and-pull between government energy policy and technological evolution helped promote today’s … [Read more...]