Scrutiny Begins of New Energy Resource Plan Issued by Puerto Rico’s Utility

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The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) issued a revised integrated resource plan (IRP) late last week in the latest move to redesign the island’s grid to avoid a repeat of the massive power outages brought by Hurricane Maria. Like its earlier version, the new plan segments the island into eight minigrids but incorporates more … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Microgrid Market to More than Double…Australia Advocacy Group Forms…Nigeria Extends RFP Deadline

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Microgrid market to double in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico's microgrid market will more than double by the end of 2024, reaching 228 MW, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. The report say that firms will compete for $419 million in projects at the top of the market. The US territory now ranks 14 among state markets for microgrid … [Read more...]

District of Columbia Considers New Regulated Entity: The Microgrid Operator

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A report released late last week for the nation’s capital calls for a new regulated entity known as a microgrid operator, part of the city’s far-reaching effort to modernize its electric grid. The 433-page report came out of a multi-year effort launched in June 2015 by the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia. The effort was … [Read more...]

With California’s Wildfire Season Coming, San Diego Microgrids Face Two-Year Delay

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As California’s wildfire season approaches, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) faces regulatory delays of up to two years for 100 MW of proposed storage-backed microgrids that aim to provide resiliency, especially to protect essential community services. “As a utility company, our mandate and charge is to provide safe and reliable … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids: Don’t Let the Meter Get in the Way of Benefits

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This is the latest in a series of articles focusing on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we look at how to make the most out of utility microgrids. Utility microgrids can yield numerous benefits to customers and communities, especially as prosumers bring new technologies and sources of power to the grid … [Read more...]

Duke Energy and the No Controversy Microgrid: Hot Springs

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Again Duke Energy has scored an easy microgrid win, this time for the Hot Springs Microgrid in Madison County, which won approval last week from the North Carolina Utilities Commission. In February, the commission canceled a scheduled evidentiary hearing on the microgrid due to lack of controversy. Similarly, in 2017, Duke's 10-kW Mt. … [Read more...]

BEST Act: Could this be Energy Storage’s SunShot?

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rep. Tina Smith (D-Minn) introduced energy storage legislation this week that calls for a $300 million initiative to build five advanced, grid-scale systems across the country. Under the Better Energy Storage Technology Act (BEST), the Department of Energy would invest $60 million a year from 2020 through … [Read more...]

Emory University Seeks Regulatory Support for Microgrid at its Atlanta Campus

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Emory University is seeking support from Georgia regulators for a microgrid that would be built on its Atlanta campus. The university is petitioning the Georgia Public Service Commission on the need to perform a feasibility study in collaboration with Georgia Power before seeking final approval for the project, according to Joan Kowal, … [Read more...]

The Value of Energy Resilience Continues to Elude Regulators: Report

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With the upsurge in catastrophic events such as wildfires and hurricanes, business leaders along with utility regulators are looking for ways to stem losses — to get the lights back on and the companies back to work. Enter distributed energy resources such as microgrids, solar photovoltaics, and batteries that have fallen in price and that provide … [Read more...]

Bill Introduced in Congress Would Fund Renewables, Microgrids in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Legislation recently introduced in Congress would establish a grant program for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to fund development of renewable energy resources, microgrids, and energy storage. The bill aims to improve the electric system on the two island territories. Puerto Rico, in particular, is still struggling to recover from … [Read more...]