Liberty Utilities Proposes Microgrid with Tesla Batteries at California Ski Resort

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Liberty Utilities has begun exploring a utility microgrid in the North Tahoe region of California that would use up to 8 MW of Tesla batteries to prepare the grid for more renewable energy and reduce power supply costs. The Olympic Valley Microgrid Project would be owned, operated and maintained by the utility at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, … [Read more...]

“Stale” Time-of-Use Rates May Undercut Benefits of Energy Storage in California

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California's grid operator is considering a load shift product that could beat "stale" time-of-use rates in its ability to avoid greenhouse gases and generate income for energy storage system owners and operators. The problem, for storage system owners, is time-of-use rates are getting “stale,” and don’t represent what mix of fuels are producing … [Read more...]

New Orleans Eyes Microgrid Development as Part of Smart Cities Strategy

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The City of New Orleans, a U.S. poster child for the destructive power of hurricanes, is eyeing a plan to develop microgrids as part of a larger smart cities strategy proposed this week. The city council's utility committee voted Wednesday to require that Entergy New Orleans develop a grid modernization plan that would include microgrids, … [Read more...]

Are Cryptocurrency Miners a New Market for Solar Plus Storage Microgrids?

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Cryptocurrency miners are considering microgrids to meet the high energy demand of Bitcoin production -- and a California microgrid developer is on top of the trend. San Diego-based CleanSpark is designing a grid-connected, solar plus storage microgrid for a large, unnamed cryptocurrency mining operation. The project is noteworthy because of … [Read more...]

How Many Microgrids Are There Exactly?

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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...]

Will the New Solar Tariffs Hurt the Microgrid Industry? Yes and No

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Energy insiders offered mixed views this week about how new solar tariffs imposed by the Trump administration will impact the microgrid industry. The tariff on imported solar panels and cells came in response to complaints from two foreign-owned solar companies operating in the US. The companies said they were forced into bankruptcy as a result … [Read more...]

S&C Electric: Survey Finds U.S. Business Taking Action on Electric Reliability

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Survey results released today by S&C Electric find that businesses are taking action to ensure electric reliability as the U.S. economy grapples with power outage costs of $79 billion per year. The Chicago-based smart grid company surveyed 250 energy managers at commercial and industrial businesses across the U.S.  The results are … [Read more...]

ERock to Install Microgrid for Houston Senior Living Campus

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Enchanted Rock, also known as ERock, has entered into a long-term agreement to provide its microgrid technology for a senior living facility in Houston, Texas. The deal with Tradition Senior Living comes as the senior care industry seeks ways to improve electric reliability following the death of patients in a Florida nursing home last year when … [Read more...]

Are Energy Storage Projects Qualifying Facilities? A “Shotgun Wedding” for PURPA

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What are energy storage projects under federal law? Are they eligible for certain favorable long-term contracts with utilities? Or are they subject to less attractive rules and regulations that apply to solar energy? That’s the question that Franklin Energy, which develops distributed energy resources, is asking in Idaho, where it has proposed … [Read more...]

Four California Microgrid Projects Recommended for $22M in Grants

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California officials on Friday recommended $22 million in grants for four microgrid projects, in the first group of awards out of a $44.7 million offering. The first round of funding is designated for microgrid projects at California military bases, ports, and native American tribal facilities (GFO-17-302). Learn more about California microgrid … [Read more...]