Wondering if Energy Storage Can Reduce Your Demand Charges?

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If you’ve heard that energy storage can reduce what you pay in demand charges, and you’re wondering if it would work for your operation, check out a paper issued today by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clean Energy Group (CEG). The paper finds that 25 percent of commercial customers in the U.S. – five million – pay demand … [Read more...]

New Jersey Regulators Take High Touch Approach to Community Microgrids

community microgrids

New Jersey regulators are taking a high touch approach to developing community microgrids, conducting a series of publicly announced visits to towns that won state grants for feasibility studies. “It’s good for me, it’s good for my colleagues, to see the nuts and bolts of these projects, what they are going to look like and which facilities they … [Read more...]

Denver’s Peña Station NEXT: This Way to Energy Utopia?

Peña Station NEXT

Denver’s Peña Station NEXT offers an energy planner's dream: 382 acres where engineers can start from scratch in creating a clean energy community. No legacy power plants to accommodate, no wires and poles and substations to navigate — the open landscape near Denver International Airport is a rare find in a nation with near ubiquitous … [Read more...]

New York Launches REV Connect: The Start of Energy’s Amazon?

REV Connect

New York took its next big step toward creating what some describe as the Amazon.com of distributed energy with yesterday’s unveiling of REV Connect, a digital portal for market players to buy and sell services and products. REV Connect is the latest move by New York to enact its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a massive rethinking of how … [Read more...]

Microgrid Case Studies Guide California as it Maps a Way to its Goals

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In an effort to help commercialize microgrids, the California Energy Commission is analyzing lessons learned from nine microgrid case studies about projects that total 21 MW of peak capacity, with an average size of 2.25 MW. The case studies are detailed in a new report being prepared for the commission by Navigant Research. The state hopes … [Read more...]

Remote Microgrids in the Himalayas Offer Lessons for the Rest of Us

remote microgrids

Turns out that some of the world's most remote microgrids offer lessons useful to the rest of us, as Alexander Hogeveen Rutter, professional engineer, explains in this article about the Global Himalayan Expedition's work. This year, Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) continued its success by electrifying Shadé, one of the most remote villages in … [Read more...]

California Releases $44.7 Million for Microgrid Grants; Applications Due Oct. 20

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California has begun offering microgrid grants totaling $44.7 million to woo projects that will help it achieve its clean energy goals. Issued August 4, the grant offering (GFO-17-302) adds California to a group of states now actively courting microgrids with grant money.  Others include Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. … [Read more...]

Commonwealth Edison Makes the Case for its Bronzeville Microgrid Cluster

Bronzeville microgrid

Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison took a major step last week toward building the much-watched Bronzeville microgrid, a project that will test the emerging concept of microgrid clusters, or a ‘grid of microgrids.’ The Exelon subsidiary petitioned the Illinois Commerce Commission for permission to recover costs for the $25 million project through … [Read more...]

Microgrid Incentives: What’s Needed to Spur More Microgrids?

microgrid incentives

Many energy technologies receive some sort of utility or government incentive -- especially those that are new and promising -- but need an early nudge to win the market's confidence. Microgrid incentives, however, remain scarce in the U.S. They do exist, but come mostly in the form of grants from a handful of states. Or some microgrids capture … [Read more...]

What Does the Extension of California’s Cap-and-Trade Mean for Microgrid Development?

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California lawmakers voted this week to extend the state's cap-and-trade program to 2030, a move expected to boost microgrid development, especially when coupled with other climate plays. Backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the legislation won passage by a two-thirds vote in the Assembly and the Senate. By itself the extension isn't expected to … [Read more...]