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...]

Poll Finds Americans Wary of Grid Safety in Wake of Russian Hacking

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Americans are worried about grid cybersecurity and see the nation as unprepared for an extended power outage, according to a new poll. Protect Our Power, a non-profit group that includes former utility executives, released the survey results the same day that Homeland Security and the FBI warned that Russians have hacked the grid and other U.S. … [Read more...]

Jamaica Microgrid to Manage Renewables…IoTs & Cyber Wars…Hawaiian Microgrid Investing

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Jamaica microgrid under construction ABB is supplying key technology for a Jamaica microgrid being designed to integrate solar and wind energy into the tropical island’s power supply. Jamaica Public Service (JPS) expects to have the $21.6 million microgrid operating in April 2019. The 24.5 MW project will include fly wheels and lithium ion … [Read more...]

More Government Microgrid Funding, This Time from Ontario

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Ontario awarded US$1.97 million in microgrid funding for three projects Friday, continuing what’s been a significant round of government financial backing in North America this month. Earlier in February, California selected 10 microgrid projects to receive $51.9 million in grants, and Massachusetts announced $1.05 million in feasibility study … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Gets Biggest Boost in Years. Thank you FERC

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A recent federal ruling is likely to give energy storage its biggest boost in years, and buoy microgrids along the way, by granting storage more access to revenue from competitive wholesale electricity markets. Issued February 15 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the rule aims to eliminate barriers that prevent energy storage from … [Read more...]

The Double Life of Microgrids: Eaton’s Solution to a Cybersecurity Problem


When it comes to cybersecurity, microgrids live a dichotomy. They can block the ill effects of a hacked power grid. But they also can invite trouble. Because of their ability to island from the grid, microgrids offer protections to their customers during an attack on the grid. If a hacker causes a grid outage, the microgrid can separate … [Read more...]

Western Australian Awards Contract for Innovative Kalbarri Microgrid

Kalbarri Microgrid

Western Power has awarded a contract for its innovative Kalbarri microgrid, which may offer a model for remote towns with feeder line problems. The Western Australia state-owned utility chose partners Energy Made Clean (EMC), a microgrid developer, and Lendlease, an infrastructure group, to construct $6.8 million in generation for the … [Read more...]

More Opportunity for Microgrids as Texas Coal Plants Retire

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Texas appears to be headed for a precarious summer with the potential for a tight power supply – a situation that could create opportunity for quick response microgrids. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator that manages the flow of electric power to 24 million Texas customers, issued a warning signal in late 2017. … [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...]

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...]