Western Australia Utility Tests Solar Plus Storage, Microgrids to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARNEA) has awarded Western Australia's Horizon Power US$1.44 million toward a distributed solar plus storage microgrid to test how weather affects behind-the-meter solar networks and improve upon microgrids. The ultimate goal is to reduce reliance on fossil fuel power generation while delivering reliable, … [Read more...]

PGE Plans Customer, Community Microgrids as Part of Energy Storage Pilot

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Portland General Electric (PGE) has filed plans with state regulators to develop customer-sited and community microgrids in response to a state energy storage mandate that could reap big benefits to the utility and its customers. Filed with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, the proposal calls for two to five microgrid pilot projects. The … [Read more...]

India’s Universal Energy Access Drive Opens Up 30-GW Market Opportunity

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Distributed renewables, energy storage and microgrid controllers are set to play a bigger role as India looks to improve power generation, extend universal energy access, and achieve climate targets, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Off-grid and grid-connected, distributed solar currently makes up just a small percentage of … [Read more...]

Ontario’s New 4-Year Plan Paves Way for Grid Flexibility & Renewable Microgrids

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Following an aggressive push to green its grid, Ontario now plans to focus on creating a lower-cost, more flexible electric system, opening the door to growth of renewable microgrids. The provincial government described the strategy in its recently issued 2017 Long Term Energy Plan, “Delivering Fairness and Choice,” an endeavor Ontario … [Read more...]

Why Closed Mines are Good Sites for Renewables, Storage and Microgrids

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Closed mines may not immediately come to mind as good sites for renewables, storage and microgrids. However, through its program, Sunshine for Mines, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), in partnership with BHP, the world’s second largest mining corporation, has found that closed mines often make excellent locations for green energy … [Read more...]

What is the Future of Microgrids in the Post-Hurricane Virgin Islands?

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How best to go about rebuilding is the multi-billion dollar question hanging over the US Virgin Islands as it picks itself up from massive destruction wrought by the recent hurricanes. Hurricanes Irma and Maria took a heavy toll on the islands' electric grids. Irma left St. Thomas and St. John without electricity when it made landfall early … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage: An Increasingly Cost-Competitive Way to Improve Resiliency

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In this video interview from Microgrid 2017 in Boston, Doug Staker of Demand Energy Networks, discusses the potential of solar plus storage — and how it can boost resiliency — with Microgrid Knowledge chief editor Elisa Wood.  Do you think solar plus storage is still too expensive to use in commercial projects? Consider what Doug Staker, vice … [Read more...]

Microgrid Kept Power On Even as the California Wildfires Caused Outages

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When the islanded microgrid at Stone Edge Farm near Sonoma, Calif., kept operating for 10 days in spite of the fires that caused outages nearby, the operators seized the opportunity to learn as much as possible from the surprises they encountered. The first surprise, of course, were the fires that struck suddenly, stoked by high winds and … [Read more...]

Microgrid Technology May be Taking Off Faster than Expected

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Rapid disruption in the electric power world has skeptics changing their minds about how quickly microgrid technology will take off. Demand Energy's Doug Staker says he numbers himself among them. With the business case proving itself more quickly than many originally envisioned, microgrid technology is going to “accelerate faster than most … [Read more...]

Duke Energy’s Green Microgrids Run Smoothly through Storm

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Two green microgrids operated by Duke Energy rode through a weakened Hurricane Irma with no hiccups, while customers experienced outages close by. The first, the Mt. Sterling solar plus  storage remote microgrid, serves a communications tower located on National Park Service property in the Great Smoky Mountains on Mt. Sterling, Haywood County, … [Read more...]