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...]

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...]

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...]

What’s Next for Newly Approved Home Battery Storage Program in New Hampshire

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New Hampshire regulators approved a pilot program to install up to 200 home batteries to cut electricity costs and help the local utility manage peak load events on the hottest summer days. The program, approved January 17 by the Public Utilities Commission, allows Liberty Utilities to partly manage the batteries when load forecasts predict … [Read more...]

Tesla, Fluence and Other Energy Storage System Integrators Playing Bigger Role on Green Grid

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Energy storage system integrators play an increasingly important -- and shifting -- role as more renewable energy is added to the grid, according to a new Navigant Research report. Integrators design, build and operate large, grid-scale energy storage systems. Think Tesla and Fluence. In a recent interview with Microgrid Knowledge, Alex … [Read more...]

Counting Microgrids, Southeast Asia Investment & Valuing DERs

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How many microgrids are there exactly? Navigant Research continues to doggedly track down just how many microgrids there are worldwide, recently bringing its database up to 2,258 projects. The Microgrid Deployment Tracker 4Q18 also found that planned and installed microgrid capacity is 19,575.0 MW. Utility microgrids account of 40 … [Read more...]

School District and City to Reap Benefits of Utility-Owned Microgrid, Thanks to Group Effort

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A group effort by Puget Sound Energy, the city of Tenino, Wash., a nonprofit organization, and others has yielded plans for a utility-owned microgrid that can island and provide power to the Tenino School District. Under the effort, called the Tenino Innovation and Education Through Renewables (TIER) project, numerous funders are backing a … [Read more...]

Why HECO Drew Such Low Solar-Plus-Storage Prices

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Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) is seeking approval for seven utility scale solar-plus-storage projects that could set a new benchmark for low-cost renewable power in the island state. The low prices reflect the high cost of generating electricity in Hawaii and of the state’s ambitious 100 percent renewable portfolio standard. The … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Developers See Promise in Second Phase of Innovative New Hampshire Pilot

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Energy storage developers are eager to participate in the second phase of an innovative energy storage pilot in New Hampshire, after the proposal's first phase failed to deliver an ownership provision they sought. After a year of negotiations, a New Hampshire utility and several stakeholders have reached an agreement that would create the … [Read more...]