Private Company Wants to Buy Utility on Hawaiian Island, Build Microgrids

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Pulama Lanai is in exploratory discussions with Hawaiian Electric to buy the electric utility’s assets on the small Hawaiian island and is looking to build microgrids at the island’s two hotels as a first step toward making the island’s energy sources 100% sustainable. Privately held Pulama Lanai was created in 2012 to manage Lanai’s … [Read more...]

Microgrids Up and Running Despite Earthquake and Massive Power Outage in Puerto Rico

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With a large swath of Puerto Rico in the dark as a result of this week’s earthquake, there is some good news from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Microgrids in 10 schools are up and running. The solar plus storage microgrids were recently installed by RMI, Save the Children and Kinesis Foundation. Built in remote regions, the microgrids … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Expensive?

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Asking 'Are microgrids expensive?’ is a bit like asking what rocks cost. Are we talking about diamonds or driveway gravel? Any discussion tends to be a long one. There is no elevator pitch answer for three main reasons. First, microgrids vary dramatically in size and complexity and more importantly purpose, which creates a wide cost … [Read more...]

Frustrated with Outages, These Seniors Have Big Microgrid Plans, Even Bigger Obstacles

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Outage-weary seniors in an Oakmont, California community have encountered numerous regulatory obstacles to their ambitious microgrid plans. Residents of Oakmont Village Association, whose average age is 75, in 2019 endured five blackouts due to fires and also public safety power shut offs by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), said Ken Smith, … [Read more...]

Brooklyn Microgrid Moves Ahead with Pilot Regulatory Sandbox for Program

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LO3 Energy is moving ahead with a 12-month regulatory sandbox pilot program for its Brooklyn Microgrid project. The pilot program will allow participants in the microgrid project to trade energy attributes on LO3 Energy’s software platform. LO3 has run Brooklyn Microgrid as a test project since 2016. The project began in the Park Slope … [Read more...]

FERC Tariff Approvals Open Way for Energy Storage in Wholesale Markets

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US regulators gave energy storage a boost with recent approvals of tariffs filed by grid operators that create standardized ways of offering the resource to wholesale markets. “The tariffs improve prospects for storage by clarifying and standardizing the rules under which it participates, and tell market operators they need to accommodate … [Read more...]

Texas Customers Could Save $5.47 Billion with DERs, but Regulations Must Change

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Texas consumers could save $5.47 billion over ten years with distributed energy resources (DERs), but regulations must change to realize these benefits. A study by Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA) identified two ways DERs can reduce costs: Act as non-wires alternatives to avoid investment in tranmission and distribution … [Read more...]

Homes to Sell Renewable Energy to Businesses in Vermont’s First of a Kind Local Energy Marketplace

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The Holy Grail of local energy lies in the ability of customers to sell to one another. LO3 Energy, a leader in the quest, took a big step today with a program that lets homeowners sell renewables directly to businesses served by Vermont utility Green Mountain Power. Called Vermont Green, the pilot project also looks to solve some haunting … [Read more...]

Will New Jersey Lawmakers Step up for Microgrids before the Next Disaster?

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As New Jersey prepares for a second round of funding for town center microgrids, some worry that the microgrids may never see the light of day. The problem? The projects need an infusion of private money to go forward. But state rules make it difficult for government to partner with private industry on energy projects. Town center … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry to California: Help Us Help You

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We can move faster installing microgrids, but you need to make some changes. That’s the overarching message from microgrid companies to California regulators as the state faces utility power shutoffs for years to come. The recommendations are pouring into the California Public Utilities Commission as it attempts to translate into regulation … [Read more...]