A Microgrid for Every Electric Bus Stop in Martha’s Vineyard Town

EVs, microgrids and renewables

Off the coast of Massachusetts, on the history-filled island of Martha's Vineyard, tourists may soon find themselves journeying into the future on a bus that is wirelessly charged by microgrids. The microgrids are part of the Vineyard Transit Authority's larger clean energy transportation plan, now being put in place with electric buses, … [Read more...]

Planning Ahead for Future Natural Disasters

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Veolia's Mike Byrnes discusses the importance of turning hindsight into foresight by planning and implementing energy resiliency ahead of the next natural disaster. Natural disasters are occurring more frequently, more severely, and impacting inland as well as coastal communities. Hurricane Florence is just the latest example.  A well … [Read more...]

Microgrid to Help Australian Farmers Tackle Energy Pain Points

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Sophie Vorrath, deputy editor of One Step off the Grid, describes a newly funded demonstration microgrid to help Australian farmers. A Victorian solar and storage microgrid project geared at helping Australian farmers to tackle energy-related “pain points,” including rising power prices and unreliable supply, has won state government … [Read more...]

California Approves $5M Grant for Microgrid at Naval War Center

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The California Energy Commission Friday approved a $5 million grant to demonstrate a standardized, renewable energy microgrid at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division near Oxnard. The microgrid is part of a larger, $50 million effort by the commission to help commercialize microgrids — both for the military and private … [Read more...]

Translating DER and Microgrid Complexity into Simplicity & Bankability

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) wants to make microgrids more bankable. But to do so it must first translate DER and microgrid complexity into simplicity. That's the aim of a $2 million grant that the commission awarded to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In turn, EPRI has hired Bankable Energy/Xendee -- developer of … [Read more...]

California Gov. Brown Signs Microgrid Bill into Law

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California Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday signed into law a microgrid bill (SB 1339) that is expected to boost project development in the state and perhaps nationally. Sponsored by Sen. Henry Stern, a Democrat of Canoga Park, the bill has won high praise from microgrid players because it opens the door to utility microgrid tariffs that are … [Read more...]

New York’s Energy Storage Roadmap: It’s Not Easy Getting from Here to There

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New York has won praise for setting a goal to attract 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025. But now comes the tricky part — deciding specific routes to take on energy storage roadmap. The complexity of the journey is apparent in comments recently filed by utilities, energy storage companies, microgrid developers, solar developers, advocates … [Read more...]

Florence Knocks Out Power to 1/2 Million within First Few Hours. Up to 3 Million Outages Expected

Hurricane Florence

On Friday morning, just a few hours into what is expected to be a multi-day storm, Hurricane Florence had knocked out power to half million households and businesses in the Carolinas -- and the numbers kept climbing, according to Poweroutages.us. In a news conference Wednesday before the hurricane struck, Duke Energy executives said power … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry Sees Promise – Mostly – in California’s 100% Zero-Carbon Electricity Mandate

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Clean energy continued its victory lap in California yesterday when Gov. Jerry Brown inked legislation that would require 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2045, a move largely praised by microgrid industry leaders -- with some cautions. The bill (SB 100) was one of several clean energy initiatives passed by California lawmakers in … [Read more...]

Microgrid Project at Submarine Base Receives $5M Connecticut Grant

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Connecticut has released $5 million to establish a microgrid project at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Announced last week by Gov. Dannel Malloy, the grant comes from the Connecticut Microgrid Program. Now in its fifth year, the program has issued $18.4 million for ten microgrids. Nine are in operation and one is under … [Read more...]