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

grid modernization

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...]

Businesses Turn to Self-Generation, Renewables and Storage for Reliability

self-generation

More businesses are turning to self-generation, renewables and storage to diversify, ensure reliability, and meet corporate sustainability goals. And those that aren’t procuring renewable energy say they’d more likely to, if they could combine it with energy storage. That’s the word from a new report from Deloitte, “Resources 2017 Study – … [Read more...]

New! The Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey

Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey

Who’s building microgrids, where and why? Please share your insights by taking the Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey, now live here. It will take just 10 minutes (or less) to answer the questions. And in return we’ll be sure you are among the first to receive the results. Just leave your email (optional) at the end of the survey, and we’ll … [Read more...]

Why Pennsylvania Utilities Want to Build Public Purpose Microgrids: Legislative Hearing

public power microgrids

Two Pennsylvania utilities made a case to state lawmakers this week for public purpose microgrids as concern heightens over the potential for a cyberattack on the electric power grid. Representatives from PECO Energy and Duquesne Light were among about half dozen industry and government experts, some from national energy organizations, who … [Read more...]

Hearing Scheduled for Monday, June 19 on Pennsylvania Microgrid Bill

Pennsylvania microgrid bill

A legislative hearing will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, June 19 on a closely watched Pennsylvania microgrid bill before the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. Sponsored by Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), who also serves as committee chair, HB 1412 allows utilities to recover costs within customer rates for … [Read more...]

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

non-wires alternatives

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.

Evs and microgrids

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...]

Calif. Moves to Boost Customer-Sited Energy Storage. Remains Industry’s “Undisputed King”

customer-sited energy storage

Described in a recent report as the "undisputed king" of the energy storage industry, California continues to blaze new trails, now with legislation to boost customer-sited energy storage. The California Senate recently passed SB 700, which creates incentives for customer-sited energy storage in homes, schools, farms and businesses. Next, … [Read more...]

Distributed Generation Growth Makes Utility Execs Worry about Revenues, Reliability: Study

distributed generation growth

Distributed generation growth is throwing a wrench in utility distribution, according to a new study from Accenture, “Power Surge Ahead: How Distribution Utilities Can Get Smart with Distributed Generation.” Fifty-nine percent of utility executives surveyed by Accenture expect small-scale distributed generation to stress their network … [Read more...]

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

community microgrids

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...]