Major Australian Power Retailer Trials Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading

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Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid describes a new peer-to-peer blockchain energy trading trial underway in Australia. Another of Australia’s major power retailers, Origin Energy, has dipped its toe into the peer-to-peer energy trading future, with the launch of a trial with Perth-based blockchain energy market provider, Power … [Read more...]

California Gives Confused Cities a Hand in Permitting Energy Storage

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California lawmakers have passed a bill that gives confused cities and towns a hand in permitting energy storage and expediting requests, as the state positions to give energy storage a large cash infusion. At the heart of the new law, AB 546, are best practices that aim to help local officials who are unfamiliar with permitting energy … [Read more...]

Grid Resiliency, Irma, and the Downside of Waiting until Disaster Strikes

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Despite a heroic effort by utilities, hundreds of thousands of customers remained without power in Florida on Monday, eight days after Hurricane Irma landed, heightening the call for greater grid resiliency. “Severe weather, like the hurricanes experienced in Texas and the Southeast, quickly put into the spotlight the fragile state of our … [Read more...]

Harvard University: A Valedictorian of Microgrids and Distributed Energy

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As an early adopter of microgrids and distributed energy, Harvard University continues to lead the way in demonstrating energy security, reliability, sustainability and resilience for higher education. Harvard’s history of producing and distributing power, heat and water dates back a long way. Having been a district heating customer since the … [Read more...]

Smart EV Charging Can Reduce Peak Demand: Sonoma County Study

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Smart EV charging in California's Sonoma County can help reduce peak demand and aid in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says a new report,“Beyond Combustion: Electric Vehicle Trends, Goals and Recommendations for Sonoma County.” “Large numbers of EVs connected to the grid through smart charging technology offer a perfect place to … [Read more...]

Hurricane Harvey Devastation Shows Why Grid Resiliency is Critical

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While the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the West’s wildfires are fresh in our minds, it’s critical to start focusing on grid resiliency -- and how distributed energy can contribute to it. Utilities and state regulators right now focus more on grid reliability than grid resiliency, said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage … [Read more...]

Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage Breaks Records in Q2: GTM Research

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Behind-the-meter energy storage hit record highs in the United States for the second quarter, according to numbers published today by GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association. During the second quarter, 443 residential and commercial energy systems were deployed, representing 32 MWh of capacity. Looking at the big picture, the Q3 2017 … [Read more...]

Toward Market-based Microgrid Control Systems: Inside Brunswick Landing

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Kay Aikin of Introspective Systems describes the value of market-based microgrid control systems, as applied to an innovative project under development in Maine. The largest machine on earth is often said to be our electrical grid. By the end of 2016 there were some 7,600 power plants greater than 1 MW and many smaller resources, as well as a … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Seeks Input for its 2017 Survey

Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey

Who’s building microgrids, where and why? Please share your insights by taking the Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey, now live here. It will take just 10 minutes (or less) to answer the questions. And in return we’ll be sure you are among the first to receive the results. Just leave your email (optional) at the end of the survey, and we’ll … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Florida Aims for Hip, Two-Way Grid of the Future

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Duke Energy Florida has plans to re-make its grid into a two-way grid that incorporates renewable energy, storage, electric vehicle charging stations and smart meters and boosts resiliency. The plan is a blueprint for re-making a dated grid into a more fashionable system that’s bidirectional, flexible, protects itself against power outages … [Read more...]