The Microgrid Way: Going Green with Solar & Supercapacitor-based Energy Storage

Supercapacitor-based Energy Storage

If utilities offered their customers solar energy and took advantage of supercapacitor-based energy storage, we could significantly cut greenhouse-gas emissions. That’s the word from Omer Ghani, CEO and co-founder, Kilowatt Labs, which produces supercapacitor-based energy storage called Sirius Energy Storage and the Centauri Energy Server, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Projects and Virtual Power Plants from Maine to Australia

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Municipal microgrid bill moves forward in Maine Pro-microgrid legislation in Maine now heads to the full House and Senate for consideration following its approval March 20 by the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. Sponsored by Rep. Mick Devin, LD 257 would allow Maine cities and towns to develop microgrids in … [Read more...]

From Australia: Audrey Zibelman Says Old Energy Market Rules Make No Sense

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Audrey Zibelman describes how old rules are holding back new technology in Australia, where a promising microgrid market is trying to take hold.  Zibelman now heads Australia's largest electricity and gas market. Previously, she was a key player ushering in New York's Reforming the Energy Vision as New York's chief utility regulator. Written by … [Read more...]

Launch Alaska Funds Microgrid-Related Technology…Plus News from Australia and Maryland

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Microgrid-related technology wins Launch Alaska funds Launch Alaska has selected four companies, some with microgrid-related technology, to participate in its 2018 business accelerator in Anchorage, Alaska. The participants will complete a four-month intensive program and receive mentorship, business training, business services, and $75,000 in … [Read more...]

Western Australian Awards Contract for Innovative Kalbarri Microgrid

Kalbarri Microgrid

Western Power has awarded a contract for its innovative Kalbarri microgrid, which may offer a model for remote towns with feeder line problems. The Western Australia state-owned utility chose partners Energy Made Clean (EMC), a microgrid developer, and Lendlease, an infrastructure group, to construct $6.8 million in generation for the … [Read more...]

South Australia to Build World’s Largest Virtual Power Plant and Sizable Solar Microgrid

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South Australia lit up the distributed energy map yesterday with word that it will build the world’s biggest virtual power plant and a separate, sizable commercial solar microgrid. The 250-MW virtual power plant, which will use Tesla Powerwalls, will encompass 50,000 homes at full build-out in four years. The homes will be networked via … [Read more...]

How Many Microgrids Are There Exactly?

how many microgrids

Trying to determine how many microgrids exist in the world is not easy. No central registry exists. And while some microgrids receive global publicity, others are quietly operating in places as far-flung as the remote Himalayas. Navigant Research has been hard at work trying to track down exactly how many microgrids are out there. The research … [Read more...]

The Real Cause of Blackouts in Australia and the Drive for Distributed Energy

blackouts in Australia

RenewEconomy's Sophie Vorrath explains the true cause of blackouts in Australia and what's driving consumers to install solar plus storage. Electricity outages that left tens of thousands of Victorian households without power on Sunday and Monday turned up a few interesting home truths about Australia’s national energy market. One of those, … [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...]

Zibelman Sees Australia Becoming World Leader in Distributed Grid Technology

Audrey Zibelman

Audrey Zibelman, CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator and former chair of the New York Public Service Commission, talks to Giles Parkinson of RenewEconomy about the rise of distributed energy and Australia's leadership role in the transition. Australian Energy Market Operator CEO Audrey Zibelman says Australia will be a world leader … [Read more...]