PXiSE Aims to Create “Federation of Microgrids” in Australia with DERMS

Federation of Microgrids

Sempra subsidiary PXiSE Energy Solutions plans to create a federation of microgrids to boost renewable energy in remote Australia towns under a new agreement with utility Horizon Power. Many of the isolated towns now have mini-grids or microgrids, each about 1 MW in size, that burn up to 95 percent diesel, said Patrick Lee, president of … [Read more...]

US Power Outages Double…Ameresco Acquires Solar Firm…Green Slowdown in Puerto Rico?

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US power outages double in EIA report The US grid is generally reliable, but severe storms are taking their toll and increasing power outages, according to the Energy Information Administration. EIA reported last week that power outages nearly doubled in 2017, which the federal agency attributed to hurricanes and winter … [Read more...]

Let’s Re-Design Wholesale Market Rules To Reap The Benefits of Solar and Wind: Report

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Making wholesale power market rules friendlier to solar and wind energy could bring numerous cost and flexibility benefits, said a new report from a non-profit dedicated to strengthening the U.S. economy with renewable energy. Even though the prices of solar and wind energy are lower in many areas than conventional options, grid operators … [Read more...]

2019 Looks Good for Electric Vehicles as New York Pushes Electrification of Transportation

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New York continues to push electrification of transportation, boosting what's expected to be a record 2019 for electric vehicles in North America. As part of its EVolve NY program, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) is rolling out 200 direct current fast chargers (150 kW), which charge in as little as 20 minutes. NYPA will install the fast … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Bill Would Seek 100 Percent Renewable Energy & Streamline Interconnection

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A special legislative commission in Puerto Rico is considering a bill that would put the US territory on track to meet its electric demand with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, as well as streamline grid interconnection of distributed energy and microgrids. The proposed “Public Policy Law on Energy Diversification through Sustainable … [Read more...]

Protected: With San Diego Airport Microgrid, No More Blackouts and $6.4M/year Saved

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Analysis: What Morgan Stanley Got Right and Wrong about the New Energy Paradigm

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A new report for energy investors by Morgan Stanley makes a point often missed about the new energy paradigm. To understand the real value of distributed energy technologies -- like fuel cells -- it’s important to watch not so much how they perform alone, but how they work together. “Investors generally assess power-related technologies … [Read more...]

ENGIE EPS Creates Harmony, Billed as the World’s Largest Microgrid

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ENGIE EPS recently launched what the company bills as the world's largest microgrid project -- a 100-MW solar-storage platform* that will be capable of meeting all of the Micronesian island of Palau's power needs. It isn't surprising that the company chose Palau for the project. Island states struggle more than others to deal with the threat … [Read more...]

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...]