US DOE Allots $10M to Combined Heat & Power Projects for Manufacturers

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to allot up to $10 million to seven combined heat and power (CHP) projects, some of them CHP microgrids, to explore the technology’s use by small-to-midsize manufacturers. CHP is considered a highly efficient form of distributed energy because it uses the waste heat created during power production. … [Read more...]

What California’s Microgrid Bill Means to the State – and Everybody Else

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California’s large influence on the energy industry bodes well for US microgrid growth, following the state's passage last week of microgrid legislation that other states are likely to emulate, say industry players. SB 1339 opens the door for creation of a microgrid tariff and predictable interconnection rules and time frames. Both create … [Read more...]

California Lawmakers Approve Bill to Bolster Microgrid Development, End Lengthy Wait

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California lawmakers gave a final okay late last week to a microgrid bill (SB 1339), designed to boost microgrid development and streamline what at times is a lengthy wait to interconnect projects. The Assembly approved the legislation in a 54-19 vote during the waning hours of the legislative session August 31. The Senate had passed the … [Read more...]

Financing Microgrids in Haiti, Puerto Rico & Other Developing Communities

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Remote microgrids pay off in the long run by bringing power to developing communities around the world that lack access to electricity. But up-front capital is often unavailable to get the projects underway. Areas of the world with the highest energy poverty are those closest to the equator, giving them the greatest solar generation … [Read more...]

What is a Virtual Power Plant?

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A virtual power plant turns on its head the traditional idea of relying on big, centralized power plants for predictable power. But what is it exactly? And who uses virtual power plants and why?   A virtual power plant works remotely to combine a number of independent energy resources from disparate locations into a network that provides … [Read more...]

What’s Driving Microgrids toward a $30.9B Market?

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A forecast issued this week by Navigant Research identifies several new trends emerging in the global microgrid market as it moves toward becoming a $30.9 billion industry by 2027. The number of vendors in the arena has increased dramatically. Utilities, once seen as obstructers to microgrids, are now building their own. Microgrid growth is … [Read more...]

California Assembly Passes Bill Requiring All Electricity from Clean Energy by 2045

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California came closer to securing 100 percent of its electricity from clean sources yesterday with passage of Senate Bill 100 by the Assembly. The bill now has won ‘yes’ votes from both branches of the state legislature; 44-33 in the Assembly and 25-13 in the Senate in May. Next SB 100 goes back to the Senate to reconcile some minor … [Read more...]

Microgrid Tariffs and EVs Gain Traction in California Legislature as Session Nears End

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California lawmakers continue to press ahead with a clean energy agenda as they near the session's August 31 close, advancing  a microgrid bill this week and passing what Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) is calling landmark electric vehicle legislation. The microgrid bill, Senate Bill 1339, requires that the California Public Utilities … [Read more...]

A New Microgrid in Silicon Valley…AI+Virtual Power in California…Funding from Washington State

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Bloom Energy to supply Silicon Valley microgrid Fuel cell company Bloom Energy will provide primary power for a Silicon Valley microgrid that will serve a precision manufacturing company. A subsidiary of materials supplier JSR Corporation, JSR Micro will use the microgrid to avert escalating energy costs and avoid power outages, according … [Read more...]

Carson City Council Postpones Decision on Microgrid. Project’s Future Uncertain

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The future of the Carson microgrid remains uncertain following the city council’s failure to act on the project this week, as the deadline looms for a $10 million California Energy Commission (CEC) grant. The Carson city council voted Tuesday to delay until September 4 a decision on whether or not to go forward with the project. At … [Read more...]