Australian Prime Minister Proposes $36M Microgrid Program

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has proposed a $36 million microgrid program to determine the feasibility of using microgrids for poorly served and remote communities across the country. An initial slate of prospective projects is emerging. The Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund would help fund as many as 50 … [Read more...]

S&C Integrates 30-year-old Texas Diesel Generation Equipment with Advanced Microgrid

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S&C Electric recently addressed a series of challenges to help provide microgrid engineering support for a project in Lancaster, Texas. Oncor, a Texas transmission and distribution service provider, partnered with S&C to provide engineering expertise, as well as new equipment to build and operate an advanced microgrid. Oncor wanted to … [Read more...]

Optimal Climate Change Adaptation is Priority Number One

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Advisian's Tristan Jackson and Andrea Ruotolo stress the importance of climate change adaptation in designing a more sustainable, distributed, resilient grid of the future. As new technologies become available and new conditions emerge, proactive adaptation can cost much less than reacting, particularly when some costs are intangible. When … [Read more...]

Microgrid Policy: What Really Needs to be Done?

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Navigant's Peter Asmus provides an overview of US microgrid policy and identifies what's most needed to drive microgrid adoption. Asmus will be presenting these ideas at a special Microgrid 2019 pre-conference workshop May 13. In 2011, Connecticut was the first state to pass a law authorizing microgrids to serve community resilience. A … [Read more...]

Leaving Uncertainty Behind: Real Time Simulation for Microgrids

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Kati Sidwall, of RTDS Technologies, explains how microgrid popularity and a growing market has ramped up demand for testing facilities and detailed microgrid simulation.  The relevance of microgrids to the modern power system has become so significant that fewer and fewer players – whether utilities, equipment developers, policymakers or … [Read more...]

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Rural US Access Clean Energy, Microgrids

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U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., have introduced bipartisan legislation to help give clean energy and microgrids a boost in the rural US. The Expanded Access to Sustain Energy Act, or EASE, will assist rural communities and rural electricity cooperatives to overcome the barriers to renewable energy storage and … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids? The Evolving Energy Landscape

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Concord Engineering Group's Joe Sullivan walks readers through the evolving landscape that is bringing about energy independence. This shift involves a reshaping of our approach to producing and delivering electric power and answers the question: Why microgrids? Fifteen years ago no one would have foreseen that the United Sates lead by … [Read more...]

Washington State Public Utility Installs Solar as Part of $12M Microgrid

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Washington State is getting greener now that the Snohomish County Public Utility District is building a microgrid powered by a 500-kW solar array, which will use lithium-ion battery storage and provide backup power in case of an emergency. The project, which should be ready for testing late in 2020, will cost $12 million and it will receive … [Read more...]

Micro or Mini: There’s a Grid Type for Every Energy Need

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Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun highlights the growing microgrid options for communities, businesses and institutions today. Microgrids or minigrids? Haun breaks it down.  In its Q4 2018 Microgrid Deployment Tracker, Navigant Research reported 2,258 microgrid projects, representing nearly 20 GW of capacity across seven geographies. Interestingly, … [Read more...]

Should Government Create Incentives for Microgrids? Industry Leaders to Explore the Idea at Special Workshop

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Government support for microgrids is scant in the US -- an issue that industry leaders plan to tackle during a pre-conference workshop on microgrid policy leading up to Microgrid 2019. State and federal incentives heavily influence which energy technologies prosper. All major energy resources — from energy efficiency to fossil fuels — have … [Read more...]