We Want Sun: A 100% Renewable Puerto Rico?

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US energy researchers and a group of energy, public policy and labor interests in Puerto Rico last week issued a plan to put the island on a path towards 100 percent renewable energy. With power costs at 23 cents/kWh, it makes economic sense to develop generation that's not subject to fossil fuel price volatility and long power outages, … [Read more...]

Distribution Resource Plans are Coming to Nevada. What’s that Mean to Microgrids?

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Nevada's new framework calling for utility distribution resource plans (DRP) could benefit microgrids, but it's "only a single step in a long journey," said Ken Horne, director for smart grid in the Emerging Technology and Business Strategy group  of Navigant Consulting. The Nevada Public Utilities Commission has adopted a framework for … [Read more...]

No More Storing Dirty Energy: California Works to Cut Emissions Due to Energy Storage

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We generally think of energy storage, especially when coupled with renewable energy, as clean and green. But the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), through its Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), has discovered that SGIP energy storage projects actually increase greenhouse gas emissions. Once again, the state is leading the … [Read more...]

California Approves $5M Grant for Microgrid at Naval War Center

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The California Energy Commission Friday approved a $5 million grant to demonstrate a standardized, renewable energy microgrid at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division near Oxnard. The microgrid is part of a larger, $50 million effort by the commission to help commercialize microgrids — both for the military and private … [Read more...]

California Gov. Brown Signs Microgrid Bill into Law

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California Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday signed into law a microgrid bill (SB 1339) that is expected to boost project development in the state and perhaps nationally. Sponsored by Sen. Henry Stern, a Democrat of Canoga Park, the bill has won high praise from microgrid players because it opens the door to utility microgrid tariffs that are … [Read more...]

New York’s Energy Storage Roadmap: It’s Not Easy Getting from Here to There

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New York has won praise for setting a goal to attract 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025. But now comes the tricky part — deciding specific routes to take on energy storage roadmap. The complexity of the journey is apparent in comments recently filed by utilities, energy storage companies, microgrid developers, solar developers, advocates … [Read more...]

A Big Week For Reshaping the Electric Grid with EVs

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EV programs may soon come to a grid near you as states continue to expand and refine charging efforts. Here's a look at some big moves this week in California, Massachusetts and New York. Massachusetts okays one of largest EV programs In Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Utilities on September 10 okayed a $25 million charging … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry Sees Promise – Mostly – in California’s 100% Zero-Carbon Electricity Mandate

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Clean energy continued its victory lap in California yesterday when Gov. Jerry Brown inked legislation that would require 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2045, a move largely praised by microgrid industry leaders -- with some cautions. The bill (SB 100) was one of several clean energy initiatives passed by California lawmakers in … [Read more...]

Inside the Rockefeller Foundation’s $20 Million Plan to Improve Energy Access in India

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The Rockefeller Foundation recently announced it will invest $20 million to expand energy access in rural India over the next three years. Off-grid renewable minigrids, as microgrids are known in India, figure prominently in the foundation's plans. Smart Power India, a program launched by the foundation in 2015, intends to bring sustainable … [Read more...]

California Lawmakers Approve Bill to Bolster Microgrid Development, End Lengthy Wait

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California lawmakers gave a final okay late last week to a microgrid bill (SB 1339), designed to boost microgrid development and streamline what at times is a lengthy wait to interconnect projects. The Assembly approved the legislation in a 54-19 vote during the waning hours of the legislative session August 31. The Senate had passed the … [Read more...]