Microgrid projects to the moon and back

Developers say microgrid projects are being planned pretty much everywhere now. I suspect they mean everywhere on Earth. It turns out they are thinking small. Why not a microgrid on the moon? A US federal lab thinks it's plausible — and may even be necessary — if we are to venture further to Mars. The Sandia National Laboratories is … [Read more...]

Microgrid Powers Circuit Breaker Manufacturing Plant in Puerto Rico

A new microgrid project is underway for a Puerto Rico circuit breaker manufacturing plant that is designed to ensure business continuity and boost the renewable energy contribution to the grid during peak demand periods. Power management firm Eaton has partnered with Enel X to develop the solar plus energy storage project at its Las Piedras … [Read more...]

Microgrid to be Built at Eaton Plant in Puerto Rico

Enel X will build a microgrid at an Eaton manufacturing plant in Puerto Rico, adding to the power management company’s fleet of microgrids. The project at Eaton’s Arecibo plant, which makes circuit breakers, includes 5 MW of photovoltaic solar and a 1.1 MW/2.2 MWh battery storage system, the companies said Dec. 2. The microgrid will also … [Read more...]

25 Stakeholders Press California to Move Ahead with Microgrid Tariffs

Twenty-five parties today urged California regulators to finalize microgrid tariffs by January, underscoring the need to incentivize the technology in a state now characterized by wildfires, blackouts and safety power shutoffs. In a filing submitted by the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC), the stakeholders asked the public utilities … [Read more...]

California PUC Urged to Give Non-Utilities a Fair Crack at Microgrid Projects

Shell Energy and Enel X are urging the California Public Utilities Commission to make sure non-utilities have a fair crack at providing microgrids in the state’s effort to ease the effects of planned power outages. The comments are in response to microgrid proposals released on January 21 by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern … [Read more...]

Microgrid Products Roundup: SCADA Systems, Smart Chargers & New Energy Storage Options

January kicked off with new energy and microgrid products hitting the market from Russelectric, Enel X and Humless. The products range from power control systems that ensure remote monitoring capabilities to new, enhanced smart charging stations. Here is a rundown of some of the latest energy and microgrid products: Siemens' Russelectric … [Read more...]

EV Charging Trends: Solar Absorption, Demand Response, Green Charging

More and more, electric vehicles (EVs) are being called upon to absorb excess solar energy and provide demand response. These are EV charging trends to watch. Yet another trend is increased demand from EV drivers for charging based on green energy. Enel X, which aims to help communities create, store, use and share energy, has a number of … [Read more...]

California’s Changing Utility Rate Schedules Create an Opportunity for Energy Storage

Terry Holtz, manager, technical sales at Enel X, offers insight on how California's changing utility rate schedules and distributed energy storage landscape are creating opportunities for energy storage.  California’s rising adoption of solar power has fundamentally altered traditional dynamics on its electric grid. In response, the state’s … [Read more...]

Behind-the-Meter Solar PV, Energy Storage Set to Shift Calif. Time-of-Use Rates

In California, it can get expensive and complex for utilities to deliver electricity when demand is high. To help mediate these costs, California's utilities offer time-of-use (TOU) rates, prices for power based on demand trends on the grid. A new white paper from Enel X explores how behind-the-meter solar PV and energy storage are aligning to … [Read more...]

Utility Non-Wires Alternative RFPs Coming to Massachusetts?…Enel X Expands Canadian Footprint

Massachusetts House paves way for non-wires alternative solicitations The Massachusetts House of Representatives yesterday approved a grid resiliency bill that could open the way for utilities to issue competitive solicitations for non-wires alternatives. HB 4739 would require that utilities file annual resiliency reports to show areas of … [Read more...]