The Microgrid Knowledge North America Channel

News and feature articles on microgrids in North America including RFP's, policies and players impacting the region.

Barrier to Energy Storage in New York?

energy storage

New York is crafting one of the most ambitious energy storage targets in the nation, but major barriers could make it difficult to meet the target, according to a recent filing with state regulators by storage developer GI Energy. The affiliate of Shell New Energies US argues that energy storage developers face “massive uncertainty” … [Read more...]

Microgrid To Ensure Cattle on Historic Hawaii Ranch Never Go Thirsty

Go Electric

At Parker Ranch -- a cattle ranch founded in the early 1800s and the largest in Hawaii -- a 400-kW Go Electric microgrid will ensure that cattle never go thirsty due to outages that have plagued the ranch for years. Situated near the end of Hawaii Electric Light’s (HELCO) distribution line on the Big Island are pumping stations that move … [Read more...]

Utilities See Future Profits in Microgrids: Survey

utilities

Utilities see microgrids and related technologies as future revenue opportunities to help counter dampened profits from their traditional services, according to a new study from Accenture. The finding came from a survey of 150 utility executives across more than 25 countries, part of Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research program, now … [Read more...]

FuelCell Energy Acquires 14.9 MW Fuel Cell Park from Dominion Energy for $36.6M

fuelcell energy

FuelCell Energy this week entered into an agreement to acquire Dominion Energy's 14.9 MW fuel cell park in Bridgeport, Connecticut for $36.6 million. The Connecticut-based fuel cell manufacturer built the fuel cell park for Dominion Energy and already operates and maintains the plant under a service agreement. The transaction is the result … [Read more...]

PJM Rule Changes Could Reduce Revenue for Energy Storage

energy storage

The PJM Interconnection has made a temporary change in the rules for its frequency regulation market that could mean lower revenue and market participation for energy storage. The proposed rule -- which still requires approval by federal regulators -- addresses price spikes, or "price excursions," observed by PJM staff. Reinstates floor … [Read more...]

Electric Vehicles and Homes Connect to Microgrids in the US and Africa

electric vehicles

UC San Diego connects electric vehicles to microgrid The University of California San Diego continues to advance its already advanced microgrid universe of technologies, this time with electric vehicle-to-grid capabilities for its free nighttime shuttle service, Triton Rides. The program is part of "INVENT," a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) program that … [Read more...]

Cloud Computing Meets Microgrids in New Palo Alto Project

community microgrid

Cloud computing giant VMware is joining forces with one of the world’s tech capitals, Palo Alto, California, to explore the potential of community microgrid projects. The partners announced on Thursday that they will develop a proof-of-concept microgrid at VMware’s headquarters in Palo Alto. The project will test the resiliency offered by … [Read more...]

Cheapest Generating Resources for New Generation? Wind, Solar and Natural Gas

lowest-cost generation

Wind, solar and natural gas are the lowest-cost generation choices for new electric facilities, according to a recent report from the Energy Institute at the University of Texas in Austin (UT). The analysis looks at the direct and indirect costs of building, financing, operating and fueling new generation, including the environmental costs, … [Read more...]

Maryland Offers $5M for Resiliency Hub Microgrids

resiliency hub microgrids

Maryland today made $5 million available for resiliency hub microgrids — public places with electricity during power outages within low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) issued a competitive solicitation for the community microgrids. Applications are due March 1, 2019. The state agency describes a … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Bill Would Seek 100 Percent Renewable Energy & Streamline Interconnection

clean energy microgrids

A special legislative commission in Puerto Rico is considering a bill that would put the US territory on track to meet its electric demand with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, as well as streamline grid interconnection of distributed energy and microgrids. The proposed “Public Policy Law on Energy Diversification through Sustainable … [Read more...]