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...]

Microgrids Plus Feeders Equal a Winning Combination

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, S&C Electric’s David Chiesa explains how microgrids and feeders can work together to help reconfigure the grid for bi-directional power flow.  When the grid was established more than a hundred years ago, power providers couldn’t have fathomed the amount of energy we use today. However, while our use … [Read more...]

New York Offers Funds for Local Energy and Microgrids in Low-Income Areas

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New York is making $325,000 available to provide technical assistance for communities developing local energy and microgrids for social justice or low-to-moderate income (LMI) areas. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority today announced the program. Proposals are due from community-based organizations by August 31, … [Read more...]

City of Pittsburgh to Use Siemens Smart City Tool

Pittsburgh will calculate the environmental and economic impacts of new infrastructure projects using Siemens smart city tool, the company announced. The city is embarking on an ambitious energy infrastructure overhaul that includes a grid of microgrids. It will use Siemens City Performance Tool to gauge the impact of its proposed energy … [Read more...]

Newport, Rhode Island’s Microgrid Ambitions: Small City, Small State, Big Plans

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There is nothing small about Rhode Island’s microgrid ambitions. The state has hired a consultant to develop a statewide microgrid project. The project wrapped up at year end 2016, and the report on that effort is being compiled and is expected by the end of April. But even before the state began looking at microgrids, the city of Newport … [Read more...]

California Seeks to Put a Monetary Value on Microgrid Reliability, Other Benefits

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How do you place a monetary value on microgrid reliability and other benefits, such as providing greenhouse gas reductions and boosting public confidence? That's just one of the many issues being explored as the California Energy Commission (CEC) continues to map out microgrid policy in a series of workshops. As part of the … [Read more...]

Key Factors to Reliable Microgrid Control System Integration

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, covers the key factors behind reliable microgrid control system integration.  Making the microgrids of tomorrow as reliable as the conventional macrogrid power systems of today is a significant challenge. Microgrids capable of islanded operation must … [Read more...]

Building Unintentional Microgrids on Purpose

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, S&C Electric's David Chiesa explains the phenomenon of unintentional microgrids.  Last year, I began to notice an emerging trend in the microgrid market: unintentional, or accidental, microgrids. This is an instance where nearly all the parts of a microgrid already exist on a utility’s grid and can … [Read more...]

Sungrow Connects China’s Largest Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Project…Plus News from CALMAC & EHT

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China's largest solar plus storage microgrid project up and running in Tibet  China’s largest solar plus storage microgrid project is now connected to the grid in a high-elevation area of Shuanghu. Located in China’s Tibet province, the microgrid -- powered by Sungrow -- includes 13 MW of PV inverters, 7 MW of energy storage inverters, and 23.5 … [Read more...]

Long Duration Storage Covers Range of Use Cases, Revenue Streams

A recent white paper from ESS focuses on the growing need to combine energy and power applications into a single flexible and valuable long-duration storage asset. What makes long duration storage, such as microgrid energy storage, so attractive is its availability to capture a wider range of use cases and potential revenue streams. The … [Read more...]