Will This Solar Community Microgrid Save Money AND Generate Income?

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Researchers at University of California, Riverside, are testing a control system for a solar community microgrid that will decide how to dispatch assets — reaping energy savings and perhaps generating income. The Bourns College of Engineering research team is working on a power system for a microgrid located at the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe … [Read more...]

ABB Takes Microgrid Offshore…Who’s Top for C&I Storage?…King Offers DER Bill in Senate

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ABB to install microgrid on offshore production platform ABB plans to install a solar plus storage microgrid for an offshore platform operated by Woodside, Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company. The system will be installed on the Goodwyn A platform to help Woodside achieve its 2020 goal of reducing carbon emissions. The system … [Read more...]

First Cybersecure Microgrid Controller Installed by Midwestern Utility

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This is the sixth and final article in a Microgrid Knowledge series. This post explores what is being described as the first utility-owned microgrid to include an advanced cybersecure microgrid controller.  A 1.475-MW test project is being described by a Midwestern utility and a key partner as one of the most technologically advanced … [Read more...]

New York and Puerto Rico Propose $1B for Microgrids in Post-Maria Rebuild

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Officials from New York and Puerto Rico yesterday urged Congress to approve more than $1 billion for microgrids as part of a $94.4 billion package they are proposing to rebuild the island. Announced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, the plan comes as more than 30 percent of the island remains without power … [Read more...]

Wind-powered Community Microgrids Heat “Boxes of Bricks” in Alaska Homes

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Wind-powered community microgrids are providing both electricity and heat to four small rural communities in Alaska, cutting residents’ fuel bills and reducing dependence on diesel fuel. What makes the project viable is its focus on community needs beyond just electricity, said Dennis Meiners, principal of Anchorage-based Intelligent Energy … [Read more...]

Is a Network of Mini-grids the Answer for Puerto Rico?

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AES has proposed that Puerto Rico consider a redesign of its grid into a network of regional mini-grids powered by up to 10,000 MW of solar and 2,500 MW of battery storage. The Virginia-based global energy company recently put forward the idea in response to an inquiry underway at the Puerto Rico Energy Commission. The commission is seeking … [Read more...]

Microgrid Cybersecurity: Fighting Asymmetrical Warfare

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A threat recognized by utility executives at the highest level, cyberattacks are a new form of terrorism and asymmetrical warfare, as explained in this fifth article from a Microgrid Knowledge series on microgrid cybersecurity.  It’s common to find seeds of advanced technology within work by the military. Microgrid cybersecurity is no … [Read more...]

PGE Plans Customer, Community Microgrids as Part of Energy Storage Pilot

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Portland General Electric (PGE) has filed plans with state regulators to develop customer-sited and community microgrids in response to a state energy storage mandate that could reap big benefits to the utility and its customers. Filed with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, the proposal calls for two to five microgrid pilot projects. The … [Read more...]

The Value of Energy Resiliency and the Role of Microgrids

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At Microgrid 2017 in Boston, Michael Bakas, executive vice president at Ameresco, explained why microgrids can be the answer for companies that value energy resiliency.  Kevin Normandeau, publisher of Microgrid Knowledge, asked Bakas if microgrids will one day achieve the market share and importance of energy efficiency and renewable … [Read more...]

How to Create a Cybersecure Microgrid and Protect the Macrogrid Too

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This is the fourth article in a Microgrid Knowledge series that explores why we need to focus on microgrid cybersecurity and how to create a cybersecure microgrid while also protecting the macrogrid.  Cybersecurity should be a prime consideration at the outset of microgrid design. If a microgrid is being installed for resilience, it doesn’t … [Read more...]