NEC Installs Europe’s Largest Battery System

NEC

Boston-based NEC Energy Solutions (NEC) has completed installation of Europe's largest battery system, 48-MW of energy storage that will provide reactive power in Germany to stabilize the transmission grid. NEC developed the project in Jardelund for German company EnspireME, a joint venture between Japan's Mitsubishi and Eneco, a … [Read more...]

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...]

Microgrid Developer Finds Fertile Ground in the Texas Electricity Market

microgrid projects

Texas is giving rise to innovative microgrid projects as developers leverage opportunity in a state that produces more electricity than any other. A case in point is Electrical Midstream, one of the 12 microgrid developers selected to participate in the Microgrid Financing Connection program, launched at the Microgrid 2018 conference to help … [Read more...]

Batteries, Solar, Wind, Australia and Japan: All Winners in New Bloomberg NEF Forecast

decentralized energy systems

The winners are batteries, wind, solar, and the decentralized energy systems of Australia and Japan, in a forecast issued today by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (NEF). Coal is the loser. Of the $11.5 trillion that the world will invest in power from 2018 to 2050, $8.4 trillion will go to wind and solar and $548 billion to batteries, according to … [Read more...]

Younicos Becomes Latest Company to Offer Microgrid-as-a-Service

microgrid-as-a-service

The microgrid-as-a-service model continues to gain traction, now with German-based Younicos and its parent Aggreko moving into the space. Approaches vary, but generally microgrid-as-a-service spares the customer from making an upfront capital outlay for the system. Instead, a third-party owns the microgrid and sells service to the customer, … [Read more...]

Village Microgrids Up and Running in the Land of the Royal Bengal Tiger

village microgrids

Modern, environmentally friendly energy is available to villagers in the Indian Sundarbans -- the world's largest, remaining mangrove forest ecosystem -- thanks to village microgrids deployed as a result of WWF-India's Project Sahasra Jyoti. Home to 4.5 million people, the region depends on kerosene, candles and forest biomass for cooking … [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...]

California Energy Commission Okays $10M for College and Airport Microgrids

airport microgrid

The California Energy Commission yesterday approved about $10 million in grants, one for a college microgrid in Sonoma County and the second for an airport microgrid in Humboldt County. The commission vote is the final stage in a competitive process underway to distribute about $50 million in microgrid funds to various projects throughout the … [Read more...]

Michigan’s Largest Utility to Propose Virtual Power Plants and Renewables in IRP

virtual power plants

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, plans to unveil an integrated resource plan (IRP) this week that elevates virtual power plants as a means to meet new energy needs. Virtual power plants aggregate distributed energy resources and orchestrate their operation via a central control system.  Due to the Michigan Public Service … [Read more...]

Microgrids Benefit from New Jersey’s Push for More Renewables and Energy Storage

town center microgrids

New Jersey’s town center microgrids are poised to enter their next stage, enhanced by a series of state strategies to catalyze distributed energy. Selected for funding last year, the 13 town center microgrid proposals are now in the final stages of producing feasibility studies. “I'd expect we'll begin to see the results in five or six … [Read more...]