Microgrids Part of Backbone of New Grid, says EEI & International Electricity Groups

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The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and similar organizations from Australia, Canada, Europe and Japan joined forces this week to support modernizing the grid and including microgrids as part of the backbone. Meeting in Washington, D.C. for the International Electricity Summit, leaders from major electric power associations issued a joint … [Read more...]

CHP Tax Credit Likely to Boost Microgrid Market

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The microgrid market stands to get a boost from the recent extension of a federal tax credit for combined heat and power (CHP), often a key element of microgrids. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law February 9, reinstated the 10 percent tax credit (ITC) for CHP technologies. Project developers can use the credit for projects that … [Read more...]

Microgrid Projects and Virtual Power Plants from Maine to Australia

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Municipal microgrid bill moves forward in Maine Pro-microgrid legislation in Maine now heads to the full House and Senate for consideration following its approval March 20 by the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. Sponsored by Rep. Mick Devin, LD 257 would allow Maine cities and towns to develop microgrids in … [Read more...]

From Australia: Audrey Zibelman Says Old Energy Market Rules Make No Sense

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Audrey Zibelman describes how old rules are holding back new technology in Australia, where a promising microgrid market is trying to take hold.  Zibelman now heads Australia's largest electricity and gas market. Previously, she was a key player ushering in New York's Reforming the Energy Vision as New York's chief utility regulator. Written by … [Read more...]

Hawaii Campus Can Go 100% Renewable Thanks to Solar Microgrid

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University of Hawaii Maui College plans to go 100 percent green--likely a first-of-its-kind on a college campus--thanks to a solar microgrid equipped with 42 MWh of energy storage that serves five campuses. Johnson Controls is providing the battery storage and controls and Pacific Current -- a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries -- … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Evolution. Utilities Prepare for the Age of the Microgrid

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When John Caldwell of the Edison Electric Institute began a microgrid task force a few years ago, the utilities that joined saw no need to meet more than annually. Now they want to meet  monthly, reflecting what Caldwell sees as exponential growth in utility microgrids. “Active utility involvement in terms of partnering was probably less than 10 … [Read more...]

Rebuilding with Community Microgrids in Wake of California Fires: Sonoma County

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In the wake of the fires that ravaged Sonoma County in October 2017, the Clean Coalition — a non-profit that aims to accelerate the use of clean energy and technologies — is working to create community microgrids in the area. The organization compares efforts in Sonoma County to work in Puerto Rico, where hurricanes ravaged the island and … [Read more...]

Cryptocurrency Companies to See Electric Rates Rise in NY. Opening for Microgrids?

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Certain New York utilities can now charge higher rates to cryptocurrency companies, a business sector viewed as ripe for microgrids. The state Public Service Commission on Thursday ruled (Case No. 18018/18-E-0126) that upstate municipal power authorities may create special rates for the companies, known for their use of vast amounts of energy in … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Microgrid Bill Wins Committee Vote. Heads to House

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A utility microgrid bill is headed to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives following unanimous committee approval Monday. The Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee voted in favor of HB 1412, which clears the way for utilities to build microgrid pilot projects and recover their costs through rates. The bill arose out … [Read more...]

Power-to-Gas in Microgrids: Competitive with Batteries?

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Power-to-gas, a technology that converts excess renewable energy to gases that can be stored, is cost-competitive with lithium-ion batteries in microgrids, according to Matt Gregori, technology development manager, Southern California Gas. Gregori spoke at a solar conference last week at the University of California, Riverside. Southern … [Read more...]