97% Renewable Microgrid to Replace Fire-Vulnerable Line in California During Wildfire Season

A 97% renewable microgrid will allow Liberty Utilities to de-energize four miles of transmission line located in a remote Sierra Nevada location during wildfire season in California. The microgrid, from BoxPower and owned by Liberty Utilities, a regulated utility with about 50,000 customers on the West side of Lake Tahoe, is made up of 20 kW … [Read more...]

New Report Explores the Potential of Combining Solar and Storage in Microgrid Applications

Over the past two decades, the renewable energy industry has evolved, changed, and grown into a significant force shaping both the environment and the economy.  Solar and storage, in particular, has gained heightened attention from industries that value energy reliability. But, as a CleanSpark report reminds us, these “gains” have not been … [Read more...]

PXiSE, Toshiba Form Alliance Targeting Japanese Microgrid Market

PXiSE Energy Solutions and Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions have formed an alliance to develop microgrids, with an initial focus on Japan and growing to the global market. Mitsui & Co., a Japanese company and a PXiSE investor, will also participate in the venture, the companies said Sept. 23. PXiSE, a Sempra Energy subsidiary, … [Read more...]

New York Regulators Approve Demand Response Change to Spur Storage

The New York Public Service Commission approved demand response program rules aimed at giving energy storage resources long-term contracting opportunities. In its September 17 decision, the commission changed proposed dynamic load management (DLM) implementation plans for New York’s six major electric utilities (CASE 18-E-0130). The plans … [Read more...]

Free Educational Webinar on Tier 4 Diesel Generators September 29

Diesel generators are increasingly in the news in light of their growing use in places like California where utilities have installed quick-build diesel microgrids to ward off wild-fire related power outages. What’s often missed in the conversation is that not all diesel generators are created equal. The US Environmental Protection Agency … [Read more...]

Did the Calistoga Microgrid Fail September 8? Nope.

Although it has a fully-ready microgrid, Calistoga, California experienced a series of unfortunate events that led to loss of power for more than 2,000 utility customers, a side effect of a preventative power shutoff in neighboring regions. On September 8 dangerous wildfire conditions caused Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to trigger … [Read more...]

Wildfire Smoke Clouds Solar Panels in California Microgrids. Can Fuel Cells Help?

Because some California microgrids aren’t producing enough solar energy due to smoke from wildfires, one microgrid developer is installing fuel cells as back up. AJ Perkins, president of Instant On, said that 25% of his microgrids in the Bay Area — which has been hit hard by wildfires — aren’t producing much solar because smoke is blocking … [Read more...]

How New York is Changing the Energy Storage Play in US Competitive Markets

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) last month became the first competitive venue in the world to allow energy storage to fully participate in a wholesale energy market. Stemming from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 841, which directs all independent system operators (ISO) and regional transmission … [Read more...]

Direct Current Microgrids to Power Europe’s Green Ambitions

A new European project, TIGON, will develop technology and demonstrate how direct current (DC) microgrids can help the European Union’s (EU) electricity grids become greener, more efficient and resilient. The project involves 15 partners from eight different European Member States. The EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program is … [Read more...]

Microgrid Helps Kaiser Permanente Achieve a First for Carbon Neutrality in Healthcare

Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente has become the first integrated, non-profit healthcare system in the US to achieve carbon neutrality, a feat accomplished with the help of a renewable microgrid.  Located at a hospital in Richmond, California, the microgrid is among the technologies that the healthcare provider pursued to eliminate its … [Read more...]