Should All Utility Customers Pay for EV Infrastructure and Microgrids?

rate-based microgrids

An accord signed by a range of stakeholders this week opens the door toward rate-based EV infrastructure, which raises the question: Should rate-based microgrids be next? Endorsed by automakers, utilities, labor groups, consumer advocates, and environmental organizations, the Transportation Electrification Accord creates a roadmap for … [Read more...]

Two Models, Two Outcomes for Demand Response in PJM, California

demand response in PJM

Two different models yielded two very different outcomes for demand response in PJM territory and California recently. The results illuminate the pros and cons of how distributed energy resources are treated in both markets. In PJM’s most recent annual capacity auction, for delivery in 2021-2022, demand response was a big winner, with PJM … [Read more...]

Solar and Storage Companies Create Advocacy Group for Puerto Rico

solar and energy storage

A group of solar and energy storage companies, some international in scope, have joined forces to advocate for Puerto Rico as it rebuilds its electric grid. New Energy, Pura Energía, SRInergy, Windmar, Sunrun, Tabuchi and Sonnen are among the founding members of the Solar and Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico (SESA-PR). “I was born … [Read more...]

Energy Reliability: Achieving Resiliency through Microgrids

energy reliability

Energy reliability and resiliency is top of mind for many companies as cybersecurity becomes more of an issue for utilities, and climate change brings with it an increased threat of natural disaster. These challenges and more are paving the way for substantial progress in decentralized energy resources. A new white paper from Schneider … [Read more...]

Postcard from the Future: Latest on How States are Preparing the Grid for Electric Vehicles

EV infrastructure

A number of states are embracing the electric vehicle revolution, enacting programs intended to boost EV use on our nation’s roads. Most recently, New Jersey, New York and California announced plans to invest in EV infrastructure. As EV-friendly measures continue to be enacted, innovative rate structures and smart charging can cushion the grid … [Read more...]

How Microgrids in Texas Served the Lone Star State During Hurricane Harvey

microgrids in texas

Microgrids in Texas proved their worth during Hurricane Harvey, as described in this final entry of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series on the rise of the reliability-as-a-service model and the onset of the affordable microgrid.  Hurricane Harvey left Texas with $125 billion in damages, record rainfall, flooding that … [Read more...]

How Vital is Reliable Power? Puerto Rico’s 4,645 Deaths Offer an Answer

energy resilience

In its struggle to quantify energy resilience, the microgrid industry tends to focus on economic damages from power outages: Perished goods, lost sales, diminished worker hours. Now it has a new, disturbing data point: Loss of human life. A Harvard study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates 4,645 deaths in … [Read more...]

Hawaii Looks to Microgrid Development After Lava Mangles Utility Equipment

microgrid development

Following the volcanic eruptions on Hawaii's Big Island — where poles and equipment have been damaged or destroyed by lava — both Hawaii Electric Light (HELCO) and the state are moving toward boosting microgrid development. The eruptions from the Kilauea Volcano began May 3 on the Big Island and continue, with lava mangling utility-owned … [Read more...]

Leveraging Wholesale Markets to Create the Affordable Microgrid

affordable microgrid

Microgrids are not just for reliability. They also are used to manage energy pricing through leveraging wholesale markets. We explain how in part five of this six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series on reliability-as-a-service and the affordable microgrid.   Gas-fired microgrids offer operational flexibility that is crucial to … [Read more...]

How New Models, Not More Funding, Can Boost the Microgrid Market

microgrid market

New models — not more government funding — will drive the microgrid market forward. That’s what panelists and representatives from innovative cities and states said at a discussion during Microgrid 2018, "How to Elevate Microgrids in Government Resilience and Climate Strategies." Moderator David Chiesa, director of global business development … [Read more...]