Cheapest Generating Resources for New Generation? Wind, Solar and Natural Gas

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Wind, solar and natural gas are the lowest-cost generation choices for new electric facilities, according to a recent report from the Energy Institute at the University of Texas in Austin (UT). The analysis looks at the direct and indirect costs of building, financing, operating and fueling new generation, including the environmental costs, … [Read more...]

Maryland Offers $5M for Resiliency Hub Microgrids

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Maryland today made $5 million available for resiliency hub microgrids — public places with electricity during power outages within low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) issued a competitive solicitation for the community microgrids. Applications are due March 1, 2019. The state agency describes a … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Bill Would Seek 100 Percent Renewable Energy & Streamline Interconnection

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A special legislative commission in Puerto Rico is considering a bill that would put the US territory on track to meet its electric demand with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, as well as streamline grid interconnection of distributed energy and microgrids. The proposed “Public Policy Law on Energy Diversification through Sustainable … [Read more...]

Distribution Feeder Microgrids Get a Closer Look with a $20M Grant

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Distribution feeder microgrids are about to get a closer look thanks to a $20 million grant the National Science Foundation awarded to a consortium of research institutions. The money will go toward developing the New Mexico SMART Grid Center, a grid modernization project exploring how consumers can generate, store, and manage energy on … [Read more...]

With San Diego Airport Microgrid, No More Blackouts and $6.4M/year Saved

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Before the San Diego International Airport microgrid was built, the airport experienced four to five blackouts a year, each which lasted two to eight hours, according to Darr Hashempour, CEO of DH Green Energy, the consulting firm that designed and built the microgrid. The blackouts -- which occurred during San Diego Gas and Electric's … [Read more...]

Analysis: What Morgan Stanley Got Right and Wrong about the New Energy Paradigm

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A new report for energy investors by Morgan Stanley makes a point often missed about the new energy paradigm. To understand the real value of distributed energy technologies -- like fuel cells -- it’s important to watch not so much how they perform alone, but how they work together. “Investors generally assess power-related technologies … [Read more...]

A Surprise to Analysts: Less CHP in Microgrids, More Solar

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Combined heat and power (CHP) provides year-round baseload energy in microgrids — something renewable resources don’t do. Yet solar PV now overshadows CHP in planned microgrid projects, according to a new microgrid database by ICF. “We see a lot of installed CHP systems in operating microgrids; it’s the largest technology in terms of capacity,” … [Read more...]

Take the New NREL Survey about Microgrid Costs

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is seeking participants to take an online microgrid survey for the second phase of its cost study funded by the Department of Energy (DOE). Working closely with the industry to get street-level intelligence, NREL is undertaking the research to better define microgrid costs. The research team also is … [Read more...]

New York to Release $40M for Solar-Storage…Sunrun Wins Top Ranking from Navigant

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Solar-storage funding for New York businesses New York plans to make $40 million available in November for commercial and industrial (C&I) solar-storage projects, including community solar gardens. This is the first time the state has offered funding for storage since it released its energy storage roadmap in June. The Public Service … [Read more...]

We Want Sun: A 100% Renewable Puerto Rico?

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US energy researchers and a group of energy, public policy and labor interests in Puerto Rico last week issued a plan to put the island on a path towards 100 percent renewable energy. With power costs at 23 cents/kWh, it makes economic sense to develop generation that's not subject to fossil fuel price volatility and long power outages, … [Read more...]