Puerto Rico’s Utility Calls for Making the Island into Eight Minigrids

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Puerto Rico’s utility is calling for segmenting the island's electrical grid into eight minigrids, myriad microgrids and installing more energy storage than is now in all 50 US states. The concept is outlined in a draft integrated resource plan (IRP) that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) plans to finalize and submit to … [Read more...]

Innovation in US Infrastructure: A Digitized Future is Upon Us

Schneider

Mark Feasel of Schneider Electric looks at the Port of Long Beach in California as a model for how we can modernize infrastructure. Despite its position as a world power, the US infrastructure ranks behind that of most other advanced nations.  Today, the US spends less on infrastructure as a percentage of GDP than at any time in the past … [Read more...]

Microgrids Can Protect Public Health. So Why Aren’t We Using More that Way?

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Microgrids can protect public health during power outages by keeping the water clean, ensuring medical facilities are running, and keeping people cool during dangerous heat waves. But a number of challenges must be overcome, especially at the policy level, in order to realize these benefits. Both public-health and electricity industry … [Read more...]

School District and City to Reap Benefits of Utility-Owned Microgrid, Thanks to Group Effort

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A group effort by Puget Sound Energy, the city of Tenino, Wash., a nonprofit organization, and others has yielded plans for a utility-owned microgrid that can island and provide power to the Tenino School District. Under the effort, called the Tenino Innovation and Education Through Renewables (TIER) project, numerous funders are backing a … [Read more...]

Three Big Energy Ideas to Watch in 2019

Green New Deal

Energy is changing so fast it’s a little dangerous to make predictions. But three ideas are emerging in the US that warrant a close look given how profoundly they could reshape both microgrids and the macrogrid in 2019. The Green New Deal The first and potentially biggest is the Green New Deal, a political concept being pushed by some … [Read more...]

Why Jigar Shah is Now Putting Money Behind Fuel Cells & Other Clean Resources

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Jigar Shah is best known as the founder of SunEdison, a company that helped propel solar on its meteoric growth path with “no money-down” solar financing. But now he’s putting his money and passion behind fuel cells and other clean resources to move the “resource revolution” forward and help the banking community feel more comfortable with … [Read more...]

A Community Microgrid, Some Prosumers and Energy Sharing

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A community microgrid, some prosumers and consumers — all with access to backup power from a utility — could form the basis for energy sharing in a community, according to a research report from a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher. Julia Morgan, a Ph.D student in systems engineering, has developed a model for energy … [Read more...]

Most Read Industry Perspective Columns of 2018: Energy Storage, Microgrid Financing, EVs

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Over the course of each year, energy leaders from throughout the spectrum of microgrid industries offer insight to our readers through the Microgrid Knowledge Industry Perspectives column. The column features experts from leading companies and organizations, among them Ameresco, Dynamic Energy Networks, Eaton, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric, … [Read more...]

New York Approves Strategy to Install 3,000 MW of Energy Storage

energy storage pilot

New York state regulators yesterday approved energy storage goals of 1,500 MW by 2025 and 3,000 MW by 2030, plus a strategy to reach them, including a $310 million incentive program. The commission has been considering its energy strategy for several months and collecting recommendations from industry players that ranged from accelerating … [Read more...]

PXiSE Aims to Create “Federation of Microgrids” in Australia with DERMS

Federation of Microgrids

Sempra subsidiary PXiSE Energy Solutions plans to create a federation of microgrids to boost renewable energy in remote Australia towns under a new agreement with utility Horizon Power. Many of the isolated towns now have mini-grids or microgrids, each about 1 MW in size, that burn up to 95 percent diesel, said Patrick Lee, president of … [Read more...]