Rebuilding with Community Microgrids in Wake of California Fires: Sonoma County

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In the wake of the fires that ravaged Sonoma County in October 2017, the Clean Coalition — a non-profit that aims to accelerate the use of clean energy and technologies — is working to create community microgrids in the area. The organization compares efforts in Sonoma County to work in Puerto Rico, where hurricanes ravaged the island and … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Microgrid Bill Wins Committee Vote. Heads to House

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A utility microgrid bill is headed to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives following unanimous committee approval Monday. The Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee voted in favor of HB 1412, which clears the way for utilities to build microgrid pilot projects and recover their costs through rates. The bill arose out … [Read more...]

Power-to-Gas in Microgrids: Competitive with Batteries?


Power-to-gas, a technology that converts excess renewable energy to gases that can be stored, is cost-competitive with lithium-ion batteries in microgrids, according to Matt Gregori, technology development manager, Southern California Gas. Gregori spoke at a solar conference last week at the University of California, Riverside. Southern … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss the Chance to Tour Ameren’s Cybersecure Microgrid at Microgrid 2018

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Cybersecurity is top of mind for the microgrid industry as it works to create the most resilient and secure energy system possible. With this in mind, Microgrid 2018 organizers are offering an opportunity to tour Ameren’s first-of-its-kind cybersecure microgrid at this years event — to be held in Chicago May 7-9. Register here to attend the … [Read more...]

Why These 10 Microgrids Won Funding in California

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Ten California microgrid projects recently beat 150 others in a competition for $51.9 million in state grant money. What set them apart? The winners had to meet strict requirements, demonstrating a business case for advanced microgrids that support the state’s energy and greenhouse gas policies. That included proving that projects had commercial … [Read more...]

Following the Atlanta Airport’s $40M Power Outage, What’s Next?

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Georgia Power says it plans to work with the Atlanta airport and the city to determine any possible reliability upgrades in response to an 11-hour power outage December 17 that cost Delta Airlines $40 million. The Southern Company subsidiary made the statement in a series of answers to questions posed by the staff of the George Public Service … [Read more...]

Can Utilities Rate Base Energy Storage as a Distribution Asset?

Rate Base Energy Storage

Can utilities rate base energy storage as a distribution asset? Texas is now tackling this big question, with the potential to set policy that could have national ramifications. The question arose when American Electric Power (AEP) asked the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas to approve its proposal to install numerous grid-scale batteries … [Read more...]

More Opportunity for Microgrids as Texas Coal Plants Retire

quick response microgrids

Texas appears to be headed for a precarious summer with the potential for a tight power supply – a situation that could create opportunity for quick response microgrids. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator that manages the flow of electric power to 24 million Texas customers, issued a warning signal in late 2017. … [Read more...]

Microgrid Effort Continues in Puerto Rico as Army Corps Installs 8th Project

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed its eighth microgrid on Puerto Rico, as the U.S. territory continues to struggle with power restoration from Hurricane Marie's strike in September. Latest outage figures from the Department of Energy show nearly 30 percent of customers, 439,000 in total, still without power on the island. The grid … [Read more...]

“Stale” Time-of-Use Rates May Undercut Benefits of Energy Storage in California

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California's grid operator is considering a load shift product that could beat "stale" time-of-use rates in its ability to avoid greenhouse gases and generate income for energy storage system owners and operators. The problem, for storage system owners, is time-of-use rates are getting “stale,” and don’t represent what mix of fuels are producing … [Read more...]