Microgrids: An Innovative Solution for Meeting DoD Energy Resiliency Requirements

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Stephanie Pine, manager, federal business at S&C Electric, explores how the Department of Defense is approaching its energy resiliency goals. DoD microgrids are part of the strategy.  Energy resiliency isn’t just an overarching long-term goal for the Department of Defense (DoD); it’s a critical competency with specific DoD requirements … [Read more...]

Do We Need to Count Embedded Carbon Content Too?

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Is it time to look beyond just emissions from power plants and vehicles and consider embedded carbon in steel, scrap metal, minerals and other building blocks? Here is a new program to do just that, as explained by Paola Natali, of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI),  Suzanne Greene of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, and Perrine … [Read more...]

A 101 on New York’s Reexamination of Electric Resource Adequacy

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Jackson Morris and Cullen Howe, both of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), provide background on this week's decision by the New York Public Service Commission to reexamine electric resource adequacy in light of the evolving power system. Keeping the lights on is a vital responsibility that we all expect our elected officials and … [Read more...]

How Hardware-in-the-Loop Drives Microgrid Control Innovation

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Thomas Kirk, senior applications engineer at OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES, explores Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL), a new test technique for microgrids involving digital real-time simulation. With the promise of improved efficiency and resiliency, and a reduced carbon footprint, the total capacity and spending on microgrids is projected to quintuple by … [Read more...]

How Many Hours-of-Safety before Buildings become Dangerous in Extreme Heat?

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Microgrids and other distributed energy resources can extend a buildings "hours-of-safety" — a concept explained here by Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) authors Jacob Corvidae and Sneha Ayyagari. How many people in your community are at risk during extreme weather events? The heat waves wracking the nation right now can cause heat exhaustion, … [Read more...]

An Argument to Green the Grid with Batteries and a Lesson from the Auto Industry

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NRDC's Tom Rutigliano refutes the argument by PJM that batteries must be able to run for 10 hours to replace a generator. "It’s as if the oil industry made a rule that electric cars weren’t allowed on the road until they have the same range on batteries as gas powered cars," he explains. Consider for a moment why hybrid cars are so efficient: … [Read more...]

Berkeley, California Becomes First US City to Require Building Electrification

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Pierre Delforge, an NRDC senior scientist, describes an historic decision by the city of Berkeley, California that requires electrification of all new buildings — and the trend it may foretell. In a first for California and the nation, the Berkeley, CA, City Council passed a historic ordinance last night requiring that new buildings be built … [Read more...]

How Midwestern Cities are Taking Electric Vehicles beyond the Passenger Car

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As electric vehicles become more common, they are expected to drive development of microgrids to serve charging stations. Here a team from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) looks at Midwestern cities that are taking electric vehicles beyond the passenger car.  When you think about electric vehicles (EVs), you might first think of … [Read more...]

Putting a Dollar Value on Energy Resiliency for the US Military

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Tripp Hathaway, sales and marketing manager for Hannah Solar Government Services, explores a formula for the military to value energy resiliency from a dollars and cents perspective. Recently, I attended three back-to-back events with a focus on energy resiliency, especially for the Department of Defense (DoD). The U.S. military has been … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Tracker Identifies 575 More Projects; Rise of Asia Pacific Market

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Shayne Willette, research analyst, energy, at Navigant Research, highlights the latest data from the company's microgrid tracker, which has uncovered several notable trends.  In step with the decarbonization, decentralization, and digitization adage, microgrids are increasingly being recognized as viable alternative solutions for companies, … [Read more...]