Wind-powered Community Microgrids Heat “Boxes of Bricks” in Alaska Homes

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Wind-powered community microgrids are providing both electricity and heat to four small rural communities in Alaska, cutting residents’ fuel bills and reducing dependence on diesel fuel. What makes the project viable is its focus on community needs beyond just electricity, said Dennis Meiners, principal of Anchorage-based Intelligent Energy … [Read more...]

PGE Plans Customer, Community Microgrids as Part of Energy Storage Pilot

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Portland General Electric (PGE) has filed plans with state regulators to develop customer-sited and community microgrids in response to a state energy storage mandate that could reap big benefits to the utility and its customers. Filed with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, the proposal calls for two to five microgrid pilot projects. The … [Read more...]

Ontario’s New 4-Year Plan Paves Way for Grid Flexibility & Renewable Microgrids

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Following an aggressive push to green its grid, Ontario now plans to focus on creating a lower-cost, more flexible electric system, opening the door to growth of renewable microgrids. The provincial government described the strategy in its recently issued 2017 Long Term Energy Plan, “Delivering Fairness and Choice,” an endeavor Ontario … [Read more...]

How EVs Can Support the Grid and Utilities — and Why They Don’t

EVs Can Support the Grid

Let’s count all the ways EVs can support the grid and utilities. Then let’s count all the reasons they don’t. That’s what a new report from Deloitte does. Called Powering the Future of Mobility, the report says that EVs can help stabilize the grid, absorb extra renewable energy, and help engage utility customers. To do this, however, … [Read more...]

Maine Legislative Committee to Consider Community Microgrids as a “Force for Good”

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A Maine state legislative committee will take up a microgrid bill on Tuesday that would allow communities to develop microgrids in cooperation with utilities. Inspired by microgrids developed in neighboring Vermont, the bill (HP 190/LD 257) is before the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology. The legislation came out of exploration by … [Read more...]

Tanzania’s Mini-grids and the Pitfalls and Potential of the Pan-Africa Microgrid Market

Tanzania’s mini-grids

Eliminating energy poverty looms large among the 17 main goals that make up the UN’s strategic sustainable development agenda. Sub-Saharan Africa, where more people lack access to electrical power than any other major world region, is a focal point for associated efforts. Mini and microgrids are playing a growing role. More than 70 percent of … [Read more...]

California Offers up to $2M for Microgrid Modeling Tool to Quantify Value

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California is making up to $2 million available for development of a microgrid modeling tool that will help in quantifying the value of a microgrid for both customers and the larger electric grid. The microgrid grant is part of a larger $9.074 million offering, called the Distribution System Modeling Tools to Evaluate Distributed Energy … [Read more...]

California Nears Homestretch on Roadmap to Commercialize Microgrids

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California is nearing the homestretch on a roadmap now being circulated for comment that aims to help commercialize microgrids. Comments are due by October 27 on the draft document, created with oversight from the California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission and California Independent System Operator. In addition, the … [Read more...]

California’s Grid Operator Looks at How to Absorb Excess Solar Energy with Storage

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A first-of-a-kind load shedding proposal from California's grid operator aims to absorb excess solar energy with storage to help solve some challenging economic and environmental problems. The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) is now developing the idea, which would allow more solar energy to make it to the grid in the middle of a … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Instead of Power Plants in NYC…Duke’s Battery Play…States Still Green

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Energy storage as solution to NYC power shortfall Thirty percent of New York City’s old fossil fuel plants are slated for retirement in the next five years. Could energy storage take their place? A new report, “New York City’s Aging Power Plants: Risks, Replacement Options and the Role of Energy Storage,” says it would be a wise environmental … [Read more...]