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...]

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


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...]

Why These 10 Microgrids Won Funding in California

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Ten California microgrid projects recently beat 150 others in a competition for $51.9 million in state grant money. What set them apart? The winners had to meet strict requirements, demonstrating a business case for advanced microgrids that support the state’s energy and greenhouse gas policies. That included proving that projects had commercial … [Read more...]

NYPA to Re-Think Albany Microgrid Following Pressure to Add Renewables

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Under pressure from local advocates, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) says it will take a second look at plans for a 16-MW Albany microgrid project to see if it can incorporate renewable energy. As originally conceived the Albany microgrid would use combined heat and power (CHP) to supply 90 percent of the power, as well as heating and … [Read more...]

“Stale” Time-of-Use Rates May Undercut Benefits of Energy Storage in California

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California's grid operator is considering a load shift product that could beat "stale" time-of-use rates in its ability to avoid greenhouse gases and generate income for energy storage system owners and operators. The problem, for storage system owners, is time-of-use rates are getting “stale,” and don’t represent what mix of fuels are producing … [Read more...]

Will the New Solar Tariffs Hurt the Microgrid Industry? Yes and No

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Energy insiders offered mixed views this week about how new solar tariffs imposed by the Trump administration will impact the microgrid industry. The tariff on imported solar panels and cells came in response to complaints from two foreign-owned solar companies operating in the US. The companies said they were forced into bankruptcy as a result … [Read more...]

What Will Become of the Electric Utility in the Age of Microgrids?


What’s an electric utility? Better yet, what will it become? Those questions nag utilities -- and their competitors -- as technology disrupts the century-old power industry. Microgrids, electric vehicles, distributed energy resources (DERs), energy storage, the prosumer, blockchain will either upend utilities -- or bring them new opportunity -- … [Read more...]

Stone Edge Farm Microgrid Wins California’s Highest Environmental Honor


Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards and Winery, home of a microgrid noted for its performance during the California wildfires last year, now has received an additional accolade -- California’s highest environmental honor, Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA). The Sonoma-based wine producer was recognized for “Sustainable … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Wants Microgrids. But Will its Rules be too Rigid?


José Román Morales, president of the Puerto Rico Energy Commission (PREC), is clear: Microgrid development is welcome in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico -- even before the commission’s just-released draft rules are finalized. “Right now, we need to get the country back on its feet,” he said, referring to the fact that in the wake of Hurricane … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Wastes No Time Drafting Rules to Encourage Microgrid Development

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Some believe Puerto Rico’s crushed power grid will emerge as a phoenix, out of the ashes becoming a global model for microgrid development. It’s hard to say yet if that will happen. But draft microgrid rules released last week by the Puerto Rico Energy Commission signal the island could be on the right track. First, note their speed of … [Read more...]