Big Bid Theory Interviews Elisa Wood about Energy Efficiency, Microgrids, Nanogrids and Virtual Power Plants

Elisa Wood

The Big Bid Theory this week interviewed Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, about energy efficiency, microgrids, nanogrids and virtual power plants. Now in its fourth season, The Big Bid Theory podcast is produced in Austin, Texas, and focuses on technology and other topics for a national audience of business and government … [Read more...]

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

Senate Bill 100

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

microgrid bill

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

Silicon Valley microgrid

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...]

Air Force Seeks Information on How it Can Improve Energy Resilience

energy resilience

The Air Force is doing market research on energy resilience as part of a larger effort through 2030 to also optimize demand and assure supply, a plan that includes microgrids. Its Office of Energy Assurance (OEA) issued an open request for information (RFI) last week that seeks industry guidance in collecting technical and financial data, as … [Read more...]

Redundancy Failed at Reagan International Airport, Causing 90-minute Outage

microgrids

A 90-minute power outage Wednesday night at Reagan International Airport occurred after redundancy built into the power system failed, according to a spokesman for Dominion, the utility that serves the Washington, DC-area airport. Two utility feeds power the airport, and both went down, said Charles Penn, spokesman. Beyond that, the utility … [Read more...]

Centrica Survey: Businesses See Rapid Movement Toward On-site Energy

renewable energy microgrid

Over 80 percent of US businesses foresee one-quarter of energy for businesses coming from on-site energy sources within just seven years, according to a new report by Centrica Business Solutions. The findings come from a survey of 1,000 companies in the US, UK, Germany, Ireland and Italy, conducted by the distributed energy company in an … [Read more...]

Mitsui & Co Takes Equity Stake in Sempra’s PXiSE Energy Solutions

PXiSE

Global giant Mitsui & Co has acquired up to 20 percent of PXiSE Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, in a move that is expected to accelerate the software company’s microgrid play. Announced today, the multi-million dollar investment deal brings Mitsui’s sales and marketing reach to PXiSE’s high-speed software, designed for … [Read more...]

Construction Begins on 7.4-MW Fuel Cell Park at Naval Submarine Base New London

microgrid project

Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC), the US Navy and FuelCell Energy are setting the keystone of a microgrid that will enhance energy services at Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) in Groton, Connecticut. The project partners recently broke ground for a 7.4 MW fuel cell park on unused Navy land at SUBASE. The … [Read more...]

Enwave Wins Bid for South Australia District Energy System

district energy

Enwave has won a bid to install a district energy system that incorporates one of Australia’s largest rooftop solar arrays for the Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide, South Australia's capital city. Enwave Energy plans to invest about $40 million over a 50-year period on photovoltaics, battery storage, smart technologies and future … [Read more...]