CPUC Should Adopt an Ambitious 2030 Carbon Emissions Target

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A California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposal may not be the most efficient way for the state to attain a zero-carbon electric sector by 2045, which is required by state law. Mohit Chhabra and Sergio Sanchez Lopez of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) explain. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) should set … [Read more...]

Yes, Solar Plus Storage is Cost Effective

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Ryan Shea and Madeline Tyson of Rocky Mountain Institute show why commercial customers paying demand charges and time-of-use rates should seriously consider an investment in solar plus storage, a common technology used in microgrids. As shown in a recent RMI report, battery energy storage costs are less than a fifth of what they were a … [Read more...]

Plug-and-Play Modular Microgrids Gain Market Momentum

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Peter Asmus of Guidehouse describes results of his new report on the global potential for modular microgrids, systems that can be "pieced together like Lego blocks, thereby shrinking design and deployment costs." The beauty of the microgrid is it can be customized to meet the precise resiliency, economic, and environmental goals of any … [Read more...]

Lineman’s Idea Leads to Microgrid in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Duke Energy's Jessica Wells explores how one lineman’s idea lead to development of a Great Smoky Mountains National Park microgrid. Learn how using solar power and batteries, Duke Energy was able to remove power lines atop Mt. Sterling.  Jeff Fisher has spent more time than most in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Not as a tourist, but … [Read more...]

Microgrids: Achieving Reliable Power for Our Most Critical Facilities

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Schneider Electric's Andy Haun explores how healthcare microgrids can improve energy resiliency for hospitals and other medical facilities. Hospitals are among the most critical facilities for ongoing public health and emergency response. As recent events have shown, power outages don’t discriminate, which puts hospitals and their patients … [Read more...]

Microgrids as Non-Wires Alternatives

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S&C Electric's Erik Svanholm discusses the potential of microgrids as non-wires alternatives, which use distributed energy resources and microgrids to defer or replace the installation of more traditional ‘wires and poles’ infrastructure. Non-wires alternatives (NWAs) are any nontraditional investments that allow electric utilities to … [Read more...]

California’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs: The Implications for Microgrids

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In this Q&A with Microgrid Knowledge, Bob Georgeoff, vice president of Ameresco, explains the implications for microgrids of recent public safety power shutoffs in California.  Microgrid Knowledge: What role can microgrids play when there is a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in California? Bob Georgeoff: Microgrids play a critical … [Read more...]

Electricity comes to Nigeria, but who will use it?

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Rocky Mountain Institute's Andrew Allee describes a problem arising out of electrification in Nigeria. Minigrids are bringing electricity to rural areas, but residents do not benefit if they cannot afford appliances. In early 2018, a solar minigrid installation transformed energy access in Gbamu Gbamu, a Nigerian town 45 minutes from the … [Read more...]

Cybersecurity Best Practices Create Trusted Environments

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Eaton's Anthony Ciccozzi explores the ins and outs of microgrid cybersecurity best practices.  In 2020, an estimated 31 billion devices will be connected to the internet. This level of connectivity is building a more intelligent energy infrastructure capable of not only detecting issues, but also predicting where a problem is developing. At … [Read more...]

The Role of Microgrids in Supporting Economic Development

Thomas Lyons, vice president – asset development, at Ameresco, highlights the growing role of microgrids in supporting economic development. Explore the potential.  It’s fair to say that the United States’ aging and outage-prone grid infrastructure (coupled with increasing storm intensity) can hinder economic development. E Source estimates … [Read more...]