California Wildfires and Related Outages Get City Thinking about a Microgrid

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The City of Calistoga, California is moving forward with early-stage discussions with the non-profit Clean Coalition for a community microgrid -- with risk of wildfires and utility power shutdowns driving talks. "We are at the very initial stages of discussion. We had our first meeting with the city council last week and presented various … [Read more...]

School District and City to Reap Benefits of Utility-Owned Microgrid, Thanks to Group Effort

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A group effort by Puget Sound Energy, the city of Tenino, Wash., a nonprofit organization, and others has yielded plans for a utility-owned microgrid that can island and provide power to the Tenino School District. Under the effort, called the Tenino Innovation and Education Through Renewables (TIER) project, numerous funders are backing a … [Read more...]

The Challenge of Quantifying the Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources

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A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy explores trends in local energy and distributed energy resources. This chapter looks at the evolution of  incentives and today's challenge placing a monetary value on such microgrid benefits as reliability and resiliency. Government incentives have heavily shaped growth of … [Read more...]

Study Finds Large Potential for Solar and Community Microgrids in San Diego

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San Diego — already one of California’s greenest cities — has the potential to develop 2 GW of solar, opening up new opportunity for community microgrids, according to the Clean Coalition. The non-profit organization recently completed a study of solar potential in San Diego as part of an effort by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) … [Read more...]

Why HECO Drew Such Low Solar-Plus-Storage Prices

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Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) is seeking approval for seven utility scale solar-plus-storage projects that could set a new benchmark for low-cost renewable power in the island state. The low prices reflect the high cost of generating electricity in Hawaii and of the state’s ambitious 100 percent renewable portfolio standard. The … [Read more...]

Storage is the Boss for Utility-Scale Microgrid Yielding 70% Renewables

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A utility-scale microgrid that uses energy storage has slashed the use of diesel fuel and allowed for up to 70 percent renewables to serve a Portuguese Island, Graciosa. The microgrid is made up of a 6-MW, 3.5-MWh battery system from Switzerland-based Leclanché, about 1.5 MW of wind energy, 3 MW of solar and an existing diesel system that … [Read more...]

Three Paths Ahead as Utility Microgrids Reach Inflexion Point: Navigant

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Utility microgrids are at an inflexion point, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The inflexion point comes from the confluence of two trends. First is the global growth of distributed energy resources (DER). The second is a change in utility attitudes toward microgrids. According to Navigant projections, global deployments … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Developers See Promise in Second Phase of Innovative New Hampshire Pilot

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Energy storage developers are eager to participate in the second phase of an innovative energy storage pilot in New Hampshire, after the proposal's first phase failed to deliver an ownership provision they sought. After a year of negotiations, a New Hampshire utility and several stakeholders have reached an agreement that would create the … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids Poised to Dramatically Change Energy Landscape

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Developments in technology, shifting markets, and the rise of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as solar, are working to change the traditional way of doing business for utilities and beyond. That’s according to a new white paper from Siemens that explores what the company calls “the dawn of the microgrid.” The report explains … [Read more...]

Do You Want to Present at Microgrid 2019? Deadline Approaching to Submit Your Idea

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Microgrid Knowledge is accepting ideas for presentations to be delivered at Microgrid 2019: Shaping the New Electric Grid, May 14-16 in San Diego. The proposals are due January 31 in what is expected to be a highly competitive application process -- last year's conference attracted three times more proposals than openings available. … [Read more...]