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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

Puerto Rico Issues Final Microgrid Rules as Hurricane Season Looms

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Puerto Rico regulators on Friday issued final microgrid rules to help boost development, as the island continues to struggle to recover from last September’s island-wide power outage following Hurricane Maria. The rules (CEPR-MI-2018-0001) arrived in a speedier fashion than the norm for energy regulation, with just five months between draft … [Read more...]

Why Use Natural Gas in Microgrids?

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We explore the advantages of natural gas-fired microgrids in part four of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series on the affordable microgrid. Microgrids can use a variety of generation sources: natural gas, diesel, flywheels, fuel cells, energy storage, solar panels and even wind turbines. Here we look at what natural gas … [Read more...]

Message to FERC: Think Beyond Bulk Power to Achieve Grid Resilience

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Several groups are urging FERC to give microgrids and distributed energy resources a place at the table as it searches for ways to improve electric grid resilience on the bulk power system. The groups offered input recently as part of a proceeding (AD18-7-000) that FERC opened after rejecting U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s push to subsidize … [Read more...]

Reliability-as-a-Service: What is an Affordable Microgrid?

This is part three of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series that highlights the rise of the reliability-as-a-service model and the onset of the affordable microgrid. This post focuses on how the reliability-as-a-service model paves the way for microgrid installation without high upfront costs and development and operational … [Read more...]