How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids

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Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply. First came Hurricane Harvey in late August with wind and water knocking out 10,000 MW of generating capacity in Texas. Then on … [Read more...]

Is a Network of Mini-grids the Answer for Puerto Rico?

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AES has proposed that Puerto Rico consider a redesign of its grid into a network of regional mini-grids powered by up to 10,000 MW of solar and 2,500 MW of battery storage. The Virginia-based global energy company recently put forward the idea in response to an inquiry underway at the Puerto Rico Energy Commission. The commission is seeking … [Read more...]

AES Energy Storage Proves Itself During Island Hurricanes

News continues to emerge about microgrids and energy storage being employed during and after the recent North American hurricanes, most recently in the Dominican Republic. When the storm season was threatening, the Dominican grid operator asked power services company AES Dominicana to keep two 10-MW of energy storage units operating to ensure … [Read more...]

Two Giants, Siemens and AES, Create ‘Fluence’ to Pursue Global Energy Storage Market

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Siemens and AES have joined forces to create Fluence, a joint venture with an ambitious goal to capture major segments of the energy storage market worldwide. The deal brings together two mega-energy companies. Siemens offers a range of energy services and technology in 160 countries. AES serves 10 million utility customers and operates 30 … [Read more...]

Energy Storage, Demand Response, Energy Efficiency Big Winners in California RFP

Energy storage, demand response and energy efficiency were big winners this week in a solicitation issued by Southern California Edison to secure long-term capacity contracts. The utility chose  more than 500-MW of clean energy to help replace the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and retiring natural gas plants. The winners were announced … [Read more...]