Clean Energy Patents: What’s Up, What’s Down and How Do the Trends Portend Markets?

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A new analysis of clean energy patents reveals increases in electric vehicles and smart green home patents, upswings in blockchain, and decreases in solar and other energy harvesting filings. The report, the Patenting Trends Study, based on data through 2018, also found patents decreasing for smart grids, a term that generally describes the … [Read more...]

The Value of Energy Resilience Continues to Elude Regulators: Report

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With the upsurge in catastrophic events such as wildfires and hurricanes, business leaders along with utility regulators are looking for ways to stem losses — to get the lights back on and the companies back to work. Enter distributed energy resources such as microgrids, solar photovoltaics, and batteries that have fallen in price and that provide … [Read more...]

NYPA Issues Energy Storage RFI; Separately, NYSERDA Initiates First Stage of $400M Program

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The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is seeking expressions of interest (RFI) from companies that want to develop energy storage projects. Separately, another state agency, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) took its first step this week in a $400 million program that aims to grow an energy storage market in the … [Read more...]

Getting the Most Out of Microgrids: Strategies, Tools & Technologies to Reap Societal Benefits

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What strategies and tools can help microgrids reap benefits, including societal, financial and environmental gain? Microgrid Knowledge recently sought perspective from some of the panelists who will be featured at Microgrid 2019: Shaping the New Electric Grid, May 14-16 in San Diego. Patrick Lee, founder of PXiSE Energy Solutions, a … [Read more...]

Microgrid Policy: What Really Needs to be Done?

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Navigant's Peter Asmus provides an overview of US microgrid policy and identifies what's most needed to drive microgrid adoption. Asmus will be presenting these ideas at a special Microgrid 2019 pre-conference workshop May 13. In 2011, Connecticut was the first state to pass a law authorizing microgrids to serve community resilience. A … [Read more...]

Why It’s Hard to Create a Network of Community Microgrids in California

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Clean Coalition is on a mission to alter transmission access charges that the organization says unfairly boost the cost of local renewable energy and community microgrids in California. Eliminating the charges for locally produced renewables would lower the cost of renewable energy and microgrids, paving the way for more of both, says Craig … [Read more...]

What Will it Take to Boost Microgrid Markets to the Next Level?

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Moving the microgrid market is an ambitious goal that will require policy changes, technology advances and a customer-centric approach, say several microgrid industry leaders recently interviewed by Microgrid Knowledge. Overall, this challenging effort delivers big benefits, they say. “It’s an exciting time to be in this industry,” says … [Read more...]

Goodbye to Arguments Against Renewables? New Studies Find them as Reliable and Cheap as Fossils

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Can renewables cost less than fossil fuel generation? And are they as reliable? It appears so, especially when they are coupled with a suite of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as virtual power plants and demand response. New reports by Energy Innovation Policy and Technology and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) lay out the … [Read more...]

Maine Lawmakers Revive Microgrid Bill as New Governor Creates a Pro-Green Climate

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Microgrids that regulators determine “serve the public interest” are back in play in Maine this year as lawmakers try to pass a bill that fell short a year ago. Legislators passed a bipartisan bill last year more clearly defining how microgrids could be created, but former Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed it. Newly elected Gov. Janet Mills … [Read more...]

How Batteries are Challenging Coal and Gas on Cost: BNEF

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The refrain that lithium-ion batteries are a good idea, but just too expensive, is beginning to ring hollow in some markets, according to new data from BloombergNEF (BNEF). In fact, batteries are experiencing what BNEF describes as a “spectacular” drop in per megawatt-hour costs — 76 percent since 2012. The research company this week … [Read more...]