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US Power Outages Double…Ameresco Acquires Solar Firm…Green Slowdown in Puerto Rico?

US power outages double in EIA report The US grid is generally reliable, but severe storms are taking their toll and increasing power outages, according to the Energy Information Administration. EIA reported last week that power outages nearly doubled in 2017, which the federal agency attributed to hurricanes and winter … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Bill Would Seek 100 Percent Renewable Energy & Streamline Interconnection

A special legislative commission in Puerto Rico is considering a bill that would put the US territory on track to meet its electric demand with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, as well as streamline grid interconnection of distributed energy and microgrids. The proposed “Public Policy Law on Energy Diversification through Sustainable … [Read more...]

School Microgrids Create Stability for Children in Puerto Rico

Economics often decide the fate of a microgrid proposal. Sometimes, however, the calculator gets set aside when the project has a strong humanitarian purpose. Such is the case with a program launched by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Save the Children to build school microgrids in Puerto Rico. The program emerged after RMI began … [Read more...]

We Want Sun: A 100% Renewable Puerto Rico?

US energy researchers and a group of energy, public policy and labor interests in Puerto Rico last week issued a plan to put the island on a path towards 100 percent renewable energy. With power costs at 23 cents/kWh, it makes economic sense to develop generation that's not subject to fossil fuel price volatility and long power outages, … [Read more...]

Financing Microgrids in Haiti, Puerto Rico & Other Developing Communities

Remote microgrids pay off in the long run by bringing power to developing communities around the world that lack access to electricity. But up-front capital is often unavailable to get the projects underway. Areas of the world with the highest energy poverty are those closest to the equator, giving them the greatest solar generation … [Read more...]

Why and How Puerto Rico Must Prioritize Distributed Energy Resources

IEEFA's Cathy Kunkel argues that Puerto Rico should employ Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) that prioritizes cost-effective distributed energy resources over imported natural gas. Puerto Rico has a historic opportunity to rebuild its electrical system and phase out its obsolete oil-fired generation in favor of a much more decentralized and … [Read more...]

Best of Industry Perspectives: Lessons Learned about Resiliency from Visiting Puerto Rico

This  Industry Perspectives' column was one of the most-read on Microgrid Knowledge during the first quarter of 2018.  Julia Hamm of the Solar Electric Power Alliance describes her organization's work fostering microgrids and distributed energy in Puerto Rico — and how she doubled down on her commitment after visiting the hurricane-torn … [Read more...]

Siemens Offers Plan for Competitively Priced Minigrids in Puerto Rico

Configuring Puerto Rico's electric system into 10 minigrids could bring the island much-needed resiliency at a competitive price, according to a white paper issued by Siemens this week. “Resilient by Design: Enhanced Reliability and Resiliency for Puerto Rico’s Electric Grid” describes a plan that segments the island’s grid while boosting … [Read more...]

Supplying Reliable Microgrids for Puerto Rico’s Thriving Global Manufacturing Industry

Patrick Meyers, Veolia’s director of  business development – Puerto Rico, outlines the opportunities for microgrids to support industrial and commercial facilities, and Veolia’s commitment to playing a major role in this space. Puerto Rico’s diverse range of industrial and commercial facilities suffered hugely after last year’s Hurricanes … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Seeks Developers for Five Industrial Microgrids

Puerto Rico continues to make good on its promise to rebuild with microgrids, issuing five solicitations this week for industrial microgrids that can operate independently from the grid indefinitely. The solicitations are the island's latest move to segment its grid after a near total collapse from the September 2017 Hurricane Maria. The … [Read more...]