Puerto Rico Energy Commission Opens Docket on Microgrids and Distributed Generation

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Puerto Rico’s energy commission has opened a docket to investigate ways to encourage microgrids and distributed generation to build an energy system with more fortitude against hurricanes. Island officials described the docket this week in testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Half of the island’s … [Read more...]

Grid Modernization in Rhode Island: Small State, Big Vision

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Rhode Island may be a small state, but there is nothing diminutive about its grid modernization plan, which draws a big circle around what ails the electric grid and aims with bull's-eye precision at the solutions. Released last week, “Rhode Island Power Sector Transformation, Phase 1,” starts by tackling the core of what troubles New … [Read more...]

How EVs Can Support the Grid and Utilities — and Why They Don’t

EVs Can Support the Grid

Let’s count all the ways EVs can support the grid and utilities. Then let’s count all the reasons they don’t. That’s what a new report from Deloitte does. Called Powering the Future of Mobility, the report says that EVs can help stabilize the grid, absorb extra renewable energy, and help engage utility customers. To do this, however, … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2017: ComEd CEO Sees Microgrids Emerging as “Defining Infrastructure”

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Microgrids offer answers to some of the most important questions facing the electric industry as it undergoes a technological tsunami, said Microgrid 2017 keynote speaker, Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of utility giant Commonwealth Edison. Held in Boston, the Nov. 6-8 event attracted more than 460 participants, making it the largest … [Read more...]

Maine Legislative Committee to Consider Community Microgrids as a “Force for Good”

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A Maine state legislative committee will take up a microgrid bill on Tuesday that would allow communities to develop microgrids in cooperation with utilities. Inspired by microgrids developed in neighboring Vermont, the bill (HP 190/LD 257) is before the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology. The legislation came out of exploration by … [Read more...]

Interest in Microgrids is Building in the Washington, DC Area

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Annette Osso, managing director of Resilient Virginia, describes the growing interest in microgrids -- a topic that will be explored at a gathering of microgrid and energy storage leaders next week in Washington, D.C.  Leaders in Energy and Resilient Virginia are teaming up on October 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m., to bring together an exceptional group of … [Read more...]

Tanzania’s Mini-grids and the Pitfalls and Potential of the Pan-Africa Microgrid Market

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Eliminating energy poverty looms large among the 17 main goals that make up the UN’s strategic sustainable development agenda. Sub-Saharan Africa, where more people lack access to electrical power than any other major world region, is a focal point for associated efforts. Mini and microgrids are playing a growing role. More than 70 percent of … [Read more...]

Could Alaska’s Microgrids Seed the Globe?

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The chase is on among states to become the economic and technology hub of the growing microgrid industry. California and the Northeast states are neck-and-neck. But watch for a spoiler – Alaska. One could even argue that the Alaska microgrid industry already won. The northern most state boasts 12 percent of the world’s microgrids, making it the … [Read more...]

California Offers up to $2M for Microgrid Modeling Tool to Quantify Value

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California is making up to $2 million available for development of a microgrid modeling tool that will help in quantifying the value of a microgrid for both customers and the larger electric grid. The microgrid grant is part of a larger $9.074 million offering, called the Distribution System Modeling Tools to Evaluate Distributed Energy … [Read more...]

California Nears Homestretch on Roadmap to Commercialize Microgrids

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California is nearing the homestretch on a roadmap now being circulated for comment that aims to help commercialize microgrids. Comments are due by October 27 on the draft document, created with oversight from the California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission and California Independent System Operator. In addition, the … [Read more...]