Energy Storage Industry Hopes for Stroke of Gov. Cuomo’s Pen

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New York looks poised to be another big win for the energy storage industry, pending the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a recently passed bill to create an energy storage target. Cuomo has yet to show his hand, but energy storage advocates are hopeful that the already green-leaning governor will sign SB 5190/AB 6571. The bipartisan … [Read more...]

Bigger is Not Better: Grid Modernization and the Antiquated Concept of ‘Baseload’

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The US electric grid is having its smart phone moment. Will the federal government get in the way? That’s the worry of clean energy groups that are arming themselves with research on grid modernization. The groups are responding to an April 14 memo where U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry questions policy that encourages renewable and … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives

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Already a promising microgrid market, Massachusetts could get even better should new bills pass that promote non-wires alternatives, grid modernization, energy storage, and green and local energy. The Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions (ACES), a coalition of environmental and industry groups, discussed the bill and its other legislative … [Read more...]

EVs and Microgrids Will Miniaturize Our Grid. Or Not.

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Today’s microgrids don’t always include electric vehicles (EVs). And when EVs and microgrids are paired, it seems more an homage to the future than crucial to today. That will change, however, as consumers buy more EVs, and those EVs prove valuable not only as transportation vehicles but as worker bees for the electric grid. EVs can serve … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids Offer “Repeatable” Way to Replace Fossil Fuel Peakers in California

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California should make funds available for community microgrids because they offer a “repeatable market opportunity” to replace fossil fuel peakers, says a non-profit developer. The Clean Coalition made the case for community microgrids as part of state effort to create a roadmap to commercialize microgrids. “Using community microgrids to replace … [Read more...]

Rhode Island Leapfrogs toward a Grid of the Future and Microgrids

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A lot of states are talking about building a grid of the future and microgrids. But often it seems more like the grid of the far-off future. Not so, however, in Rhode Island. The state is taking advantage of its small size and second-mover position to act fast and avoid problems bogging down other states. In a recent interview with Microgrid … [Read more...]

Non-Wires Alternatives Embraced by BPA as it Abandons 80-mile Transmission Line Project

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The Bonneville Power Administration plans to pursue non-wires alternatives instead of an 80-mile transmission line, signaling a business shift toward targeted solutions over large centralized infrastructure. "The outcome is much bigger than a decision to build or not build this line: We are transforming how we plan for and manage our … [Read more...]

Follow the Electric Battery Revolution to California — With or Without Trump

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With or without support from the Trump Administration, the electric battery revolution is here to stay, and to accelerate that movement, we need only look to California. That's the word from Kevin Jones, director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, and co-author of the recently released “The Electric … [Read more...]

Will America’s Steel City Build the First Grid of Microgrids? 

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To many, the idea of creating a grid of microgrids is somewhere out in the future. Even a pipe dream. But for Pittsburgh, it’s now. The city is pursuing an aggressive plan to lead on energy, which includes developing a series of connected local energy systems. “The idea of having an energy plant that is 100 miles away producing energy to make … [Read more...]

How Fuel Cell Microgrids Improve Electric Reliability

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The frequency and duration of power outages is on the rise. This excerpt from, “Fuel Cell Microgrids: The Path to Lower Cost, Higher Reliability Cleaner Energy," explains how fuel cell microgrids keep the power flowing. The digital world we live in not only makes us more dependent on electric power, but also increases our vulnerability to … [Read more...]