How Different the California Grid Will Look by 2025

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Quickly growing community choice aggregations (CCA) are expected to play a significant role in drawing 85 percent of customers away from California's investor-owned utilities by 2025, according to a new report. The community aggregation report was one of three on grid disruption released by Next 10, an organization with a goal of improving … [Read more...]

Making Way for Wholesale Distributed Generation: Not for the Faint of Heart

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Craig Lewis, founder and executive director, the Clean Coalition, is taking on the formidable task of galvanizing policy support in California for wholesale distributed generation, or WDG. This means nothing short of changing the way transmission costs are considered. In addition, the Clean Coalition is advocating for the use of feed-in … [Read more...]

Win for Virtual Power Plants and Aggregations in Australia

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Giles Parkinson, founder and owner of RenewEconomy, describes a wholesale market decision that is expected to boost virtual power plants and energy aggregations in Australia. Tesla and other proponents of virtual power plants and demand management schemes have scored a significant win after the country’s main energy market rule maker … [Read more...]

Siemens Offers Plan for Competitively Priced Mini-grids in Puerto Rico

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Configuring Puerto Rico's electric system into 10 mini-grids could bring the island much-needed resiliency at a competitive price, according to a white paper issued by Siemens this week. “Resilient by Design: Enhanced Reliability and Resiliency for Puerto Rico’s Electric Grid” describes a plan that segments the island’s grid while boosting … [Read more...]

Partnership Searches for Grid Resiliency Policy that Can Work Across the States

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A new research project intends to scrutinize US public policy on grid resiliency with an eye toward creating a model approach that can be applied at the state level. Protect Our Power, a bipartisan advisory panel, and the Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment also will look at the role of distributed energy resources … [Read more...]

Blazing the Path from VPPs to Holistic Grid Control with DERMS

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This is the final entry in a Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series focused on distributed energy management systems (DERMS) and virtual power plants (VPPs). The sixth installment provides an overview of the path to efficient management of distributed resources, from VPPs to grid control with DERMS. For utilities that see an increasing … [Read more...]

NEC and Distributed Energy Storage in Brazil…California’s Grid and WildFires…CHP in Maryland

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NEC supplies distributed energy storage system for archipelago NEC Energy Solutions is supplying its first distributed energy storage system in Brazil for a research and development project that will focus on demand charge management and firming of solar power for an archipelago. Supplied for the Neoenergia Group, one of the largest Brazilian … [Read more...]

Port of San Diego to Demonstrate How Microgrids Benefit Ports Worldwide

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The Port of San Diego aims to show the world just how much microgrids benefit ports with its solar microgrid project, supported with a $4.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). About $4.4 million in matching funds will be provided by the port for the microgrid, which is expected to have 700 kW of solar and 700 kW of … [Read more...]

Smoothing the Path for DER Orchestration: New Rules for a New World

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In the previous installment of the Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series focused on distributed energy management systems (DERMS) and virtual power plants (VPPs), we covered how DERMS and smart inverters can bring distributed resources onto the grid. In the fifth installment, we explore how technology and updates in utility rules and … [Read more...]

DSP Isn’t Just Any Old Energy Acronym. National Grid Shows Why in Buffalo

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The energy industry loves its acronyms. One often heard in New York is DSP, which stands for distributed system platform. The three letters hold a lot of meaning for those in the distributed energy business, as a National Grid project in Buffalo has begun to demonstrate. DSP describes a new utility business model that the state is moving … [Read more...]