How to Get to 100% Renewables? Use Microgrids Says Plan for Cranston, Rhode Island

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The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats have launched an ambitious project that aims to ensure the city of Cranston achieves 100% renewable energy by 2030 using a series of solar and wind microgrids, a central microgrid, a virtual power plant (VPP) and a municipal utility. The hope is that the Cranston project, led by a group called Ocean State … [Read more...]

City/Utility Partnership Leads to Microgrid at Fire Station in Portland, Oregon

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The city of Portland, with financial support from Portland General Electric (PGE), has installed a fire station microgrid that will not only ensure power for crucial services, but also train emergency workers in use of the technology. The project, at Fire Station 1, is one of three microgrid projects by PGE, which is seeking resiliency, … [Read more...]

Private Company Wants to Buy Utility on Hawaiian Island, Build Microgrids

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Pulama Lanai is in exploratory discussions with Hawaiian Electric to buy the electric utility’s assets on the small Hawaiian island and is looking to build microgrids at the island’s two hotels as a first step toward making the island’s energy sources 100% sustainable. Privately held Pulama Lanai was created in 2012 to manage Lanai’s … [Read more...]

US Clean Future Act Includes Grants and Support for Microgrids and Energy Storage

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Lawmakers from the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week released the framework for a comprehensive clean energy bill, the Clean Future Act, that includes grants and other support for microgrids and energy storage. The bill lays out a climate plan to make the US net-zero for greenhouse gases no later than 2050 and gives states the … [Read more...]

Policy & Regulatory Shifts Opening Door for Agriculture Microgrids, More in California

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Agricultural regions don't always have robust electrical infrastructure, fast internet and other key services needed for manufacturers and large businesses to remain competitive. So operating at the grid edge has become "an increasingly risky proposition," particularly for agricultural and food processing companies in California, according to a new … [Read more...]

Frustrated with Outages, These Seniors Have Big Microgrid Plans, Even Bigger Obstacles

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Outage-weary seniors in an Oakmont, California community have encountered numerous regulatory obstacles to their ambitious microgrid plans. Residents of Oakmont Village Association, whose average age is 75, in 2019 endured five blackouts due to fires and also public safety power shut offs by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), said Ken Smith, … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Senate Advances Transportation Electrification Bill

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An electrification bill moving through the Pennsylvania General Assembly, if passed, would support the development of electric vehicle infrastructure in the state. The state’s Senate on November 19 voted 43-6 in favor of the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act (Senate Bill 596), sponsored by Republican Sen. Bob Mensch. The … [Read more...]

Texas Customers Could Save $5.47 Billion with DERs, but Regulations Must Change

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Texas consumers could save $5.47 billion over ten years with distributed energy resources (DERs), but regulations must change to realize these benefits. A study by Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance (TAEBA) identified two ways DERs can reduce costs: Act as non-wires alternatives to avoid investment in tranmission and distribution … [Read more...]

Homes to Sell Renewable Energy to Businesses in Vermont’s First of a Kind Local Energy Marketplace

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The Holy Grail of local energy lies in the ability of customers to sell to one another. LO3 Energy, a leader in the quest, took a big step today with a program that lets homeowners sell renewables directly to businesses served by Vermont utility Green Mountain Power. Called Vermont Green, the pilot project also looks to solve some haunting … [Read more...]

Will New Jersey Lawmakers Step up for Microgrids before the Next Disaster?

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As New Jersey prepares for a second round of funding for town center microgrids, some worry that the microgrids may never see the light of day. The problem? The projects need an infusion of private money to go forward. But state rules make it difficult for government to partner with private industry on energy projects. Town center … [Read more...]