Australian Government Launches $50 Million Microgrid Funding Round

Australia

The Australian government, led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, late last week boosted the nation's growing microgrid market with a new fund, as described by Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid. A $50 million fund to support the development of off-grid and fringe-of-grid stand-alone power systems around Australia has been launched by … [Read more...]

Showcasing Benefits of Electricity Market Reform with Meaty Savings Figures

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Electricity market reform in PJM and MISO territories, done in a way that reflects the new world of decentralized energy, could save consumers billions. That’s the word from a new study funded by the Wind Solar Alliance and conducted by Grid Strategies that focuses on the two US grid operators. PJM coordinates the movement of wholesale … [Read more...]

It’s Dark in California but the Message is Clear: More Microgrids Needed

California

California is the poster child for microgrids, usually in a good way, this week in a bad way. The power outages to 738,000 electric customers illustrated that even California, one of the lead states deploying microgrids, is not building them quickly enough. Microgrids act as local islands of power when the central grid fails, or in this case … [Read more...]

California Regulators Open Proceeding to Boost Microgrid Development

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California regulators are looking at ways to boost microgrid development, possibly through a microgrid tariff, as part of newly opened proceeding. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) initiated the rulemaking in response to a state law enacted last year (SB 1339) that requires steps be taken to facilitate microgrids and reduce barriers to … [Read more...]

Independent Power Producer in PJM Turns to Batteries to Regulate Frequency

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A 72 MW/72 MWH battery system owned by a global independent power producer is expected to soon start providing grid services in PJM territory, signaling the storage industry’s increasing maturation and ability to compete with traditional resources. Industry supporters have argued that getting more storage online to support renewables … [Read more...]

Regulators Should Grant DERs More Wholesale Market Access: Report

wholesale markets

If allowed to participate in wholesale markets, distributed energy resources (DERs) can improve the grid’s reliability and resilience and reduce its costs. But regulators are not giving these resources needed market access, says a new report. Published by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE),"Putting Distributed Energy Resources to Work in Wholesale … [Read more...]

Microgrid Operators and Regional Grid Operators Really Need to Talk

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The unknown unknowns are what keep regional grid operators up at night. And right now the rapid growth of customer-sited microgrids, invisible to grid operators, count high among them. That’s the message delivered last week by Jonathan Monken, PJM senior director, speaking on a plenary panel at the Virginia Clean Energy Summit in … [Read more...]

New York Nixes Microgrid in Favor of Solar Power Project

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New York State has abandoned plans for a combined heat and power microgrid at the state capital and instead will build a solar project in Oneida County, about 90 miles west of Albany. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Office of General Services (OGS) on September 19 said they would jointly develop the solar project on state-owned … [Read more...]

Another City — San Jose, California — Goes All Electric in a Growing Trend

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In an effort to decarbonize, San Jose on Tuesday became the largest California city to embrace all electric buildings. The city council approved measures to boost efficiency in new non-residential buildings with gas infrastructure, beginning January 2020, and to ensure new buildings are electric vehicle (EV) ready. In addition, the city … [Read more...]

The True Value of Distributed Energy Resources? Connecticut Takes a Stab at it

value of distributed energy resources

Connecticut regulators are working to pin down the true value of distributed energy resources, which some stakeholders say needs to take into account community resiliency. Backers of the technology have long argued that distributed energy projects are not compensated fairly in the US because current mechanisms do not consider all of their … [Read more...]