Move Over, Lithium Ion: Thermal Energy Storage Finds a Niche

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Thermal storage is gaining ground in refrigeration applications, providing demand management for one of utilities’ most energy-intensive industries. Industrial refrigeration consumes more energy per cubic foot than any other utility load, said Collin Coker, vice president, sales and marketing, Viking Cold Solutions. Thermal energy storage … [Read more...]

Massachusetts and California Rank High in Energy Democracy: Report

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Massachusetts, California, New York and Illinois are the top four states for energy democracy, as ranked by their commitment to boosting community-level renewable energy, according to a second annual Community Power Scorecard. The scorecard, released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, names these states as stars because their energy … [Read more...]

Update: New Hampshire Microgrid Legislation Makes Progress

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A New Hampshire legislative committee last week okayed legislation to study microgrids. The bill now goes to the state House of Representatives for a vote on Thursday, March 14. The Committee on Science, Technology and Energy approved HB 183 in a 12-7 vote along party lines, with Democrats in support, according to Howard Moffett, a Democrat … [Read more...]

Lawmakers Take up Microgrid Bills in New Hampshire and Hawaii

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Microgrid advocates are urging New Hampshire voters to call their legislators in support of a microgrid bill scheduled for vote March 7. HB 183 would establish a committee to study changes in law necessary to allow for microgrids in electrical supply. Now before the New Hampshire General Court’s Committee on Science, Technology and … [Read more...]

Here’s What’s Driving Energy Storage Markets — and How to Benefit

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Energy storage markets are growing quickly, driven by regulations, demand charges, plus utilities’ need to integrate solar into the grid and avoid building new peaking power plants. In fact, innovative utility-scale energy storage projects are popping up across the nation, with utilities and cities using storage to avoid building underground … [Read more...]

How Utilities Will Thrive — Eventually — with a DER-rich Grid

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In the near term, utilities need to beware. The next two years bring strong risk that customers will go off-grid with rooftop solar and other distributed energy resources (DERs) while using the utility for occasional backup, says a new report. But by 2040 the prognosis changes. Electric vehicles (EV) and electric heating -- both … [Read more...]

North Carolina Regulators Cancel Hearing, Moving Duke Microgrid Closer to Fruition

Duke Energy

Duke Energy’s planned Hot Springs microgrid in western North Carolina moved closer to fruition earlier this week when state regulators canceled an evidentiary hearing scheduled for Feb. 25. In canceling the expert hearing, the North Carolina Utilities Commission noted that there was public support and no opposition to the proposed … [Read more...]

Hawaii Traverses New Ground with Microgrid Tariff

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Hawaii is traversing new ground as state regulators, its utility and other stakeholders work on what may become the first full microgrid tariff in the United States. The parties filed opening briefs this month before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, revealing the complexity of setting microgrid compensation via a utility tariff … [Read more...]

Oregon’s Carbon-Capping Bill Could Boost Microgrid Development & Resilience

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A carbon-capping bill with good prospects to pass the Oregon Legislature could boost microgrid development and resilience efforts in the state. HB 2020, sponsored by the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction, where it is now being reviewed, doesn’t specifically address microgrids. But it will create an environment that’s friendly to them, said … [Read more...]

When the Reason for Microgrids Comes in a Flash

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Sometimes the reason for microgrids is so obvious it comes like a big blue flash in the sky. Such was the case in late December when Consolidated Edison’s system malfunctioned causing a gas flare that had some New Yorkers looking to the skies and wondering if space aliens had come to Queens. It took an announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to … [Read more...]