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

microgrid modeling tool

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

commercialize microgrids

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

excess solar energy

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...]

Smart EV Charging Can Reduce Peak Demand: Sonoma County Study

smart EV charging

Smart EV charging in California's Sonoma County can help reduce peak demand and aid in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says a new report,“Beyond Combustion: Electric Vehicle Trends, Goals and Recommendations for Sonoma County.” “Large numbers of EVs connected to the grid through smart charging technology offer a perfect place to … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Seeks Input for its 2017 Survey

Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey

Who’s building microgrids, where and why? Please share your insights by taking the Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey, now live here. It will take just 10 minutes (or less) to answer the questions. And in return we’ll be sure you are among the first to receive the results. Just leave your email (optional) at the end of the survey, and we’ll … [Read more...]

Denver’s Peña Station NEXT: This Way to Energy Utopia?

Peña Station NEXT

Denver’s Peña Station NEXT offers an energy planner's dream: 382 acres where engineers can start from scratch in creating a clean energy community. No legacy power plants to accommodate, no wires and poles and substations to navigate — the open landscape near Denver International Airport is a rare find in a nation with near ubiquitous … [Read more...]

Microgrid Case Studies Guide California as it Maps a Way to its Goals

microgrid case studies

In an effort to help commercialize microgrids, the California Energy Commission is analyzing lessons learned from nine microgrid case studies about projects that total 21 MW of peak capacity, with an average size of 2.25 MW. The case studies are detailed in a new report being prepared for the commission by Navigant Research. The state hopes … [Read more...]

Renewables and Energy Storage: What Does the Last Decade of Growth Tell Us about the Next?

renewables and energy storage

The last decade brought the U.S. double-digit growth for renewables and energy storage. Impressive? Yes. But nothing compared to what could lie ahead. That's the message from a new report, Renewables on the Rise: A Decade of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future, released by the Environment New York Research & Policy Center. It’s no … [Read more...]