Follow the Electric Battery Revolution to California — With or Without Trump

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With or without support from the Trump Administration, the electric battery revolution is here to stay, and to accelerate that movement, we need only look to California. That's the word from Kevin Jones, director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, and co-author of the recently released “The Electric … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Systems Capture Missed Opportunities for Utility-Scale PV Arrays

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North America currently has more than 20 GW of installed utility-scale PV generation, with more than 14 GW brought online in 2016 – the largest amount of PV installed to date. But is the majority of this base realizing its full potential? Solar plus storage systems offer a way for owners and operators to expand production hours, increase energy … [Read more...]

Research Microgrid in Alabama Neighborhood an IQ Test for Smart Systems

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A new residential neighborhood in Alabama will feature a research microgrid that aims to help Alabama Power better understand the benefits and appeal of smart systems, including microgrids and appliances that can be controlled by phones. Smart Neighborhood, a community of 62 homes, is a partnership among the utility, developer Signature … [Read more...]

Time to Worry? A Memo from Washington Shakes the Advanced Energy Industries

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The Advanced Energy Economy warns that a recent memo sent by Department of Energy was a "shot across the bow," aimed at advanced energy technologies, like microgrids, solar, and energy storage. A funny thing happened on April 14. In a simple memo directing the Department of Energy to conduct a short-term study, the Trump Administration … [Read more...]

How Fuel Cell Microgrids Improve Electric Reliability

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The frequency and duration of power outages is on the rise. This excerpt from, “Fuel Cell Microgrids: The Path to Lower Cost, Higher Reliability Cleaner Energy," explains how fuel cell microgrids keep the power flowing. The digital world we live in not only makes us more dependent on electric power, but also increases our vulnerability to … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrids for National Security: Study Finds 17 GW Could Fortify US Military Bases

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Researchers at Michigan Technological University look at use of solar microgrids for national security. They find that the US has the technological capability to install the 17 GW needed to fortify military bases. Distributed microgrid tech can secure the electrical grids at military bases to reduce the impact of cyberattacks, physical … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Kicks off New Microgrid Effort. Offers Grants for Microgrid Feasibility Studies

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Already a draw for distributed energy projects, Massachusetts added a sweetener last week by making funds available for microgrid feasibility studies. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) issued a 'request for expressions of interest' seeking teams to develop community microgrids. Three to five applicants will each win $75,000 … [Read more...]

More than 60 Speakers to Present at Microgrid 2017. Agenda Now Live

With more than 60 leaders and experts featured, Microgrid 2017 is expected to be one of the most comprehensive, content-rich gatherings yet held for the microgrid industry. A detailed preliminary agenda is now available for the Nov. 6-8 conference, which will be held at the Boston Park Plaza. “Still six months out from the event, we’ve … [Read more...]

Think Really Boldly, British Company Tells Bidders for Technology Park Microgrid

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An unusual real estate company in England is seeking 'bold' partners to develop a technology park microgrid in West Cumbria. Britain's Energy Coast (BEC) plans to install the microgrid at Westlake’s Science & Technology Park in a bid for energy independence and environmental stewardship. The microgrid will serve the park's 14 … [Read more...]

For Utilities, Electric Vehicles are the New Air Conditioners

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Electric vehicles are quickly becoming one of the largest flexible loads on the grid in some areas, and the growth parallels the increase in numbers of air conditioners years ago, says a new study from the Smart Electric Power Alliance. However, the popularity of electric vehicles poses problems for utilities, which are finding that time-of-use … [Read more...]