More electric vehicles mean more utility microgrids

Policy, economic and environmental issues are expected to dramatically boost demand for electric vehicles (EVs), a phenomenon that is spurring more utility microgrids. In fact, three utilities — Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Portland General Electric (PGE) and Florida Power and Light (FPL) — have plans to deploy microgrids to take … [Read more...]

FPL Builds Third New Microgrid This Year

As Florida Power and Light (FPL) builds its third microgrid this year, the FPL Evolution Hub, the company says it is learning more about microgrid technology, which could hold significant benefits for reliability during storms. The company is exploring new, and what it describes as possibly better, designs for solar, energy storage and electric … [Read more...]

Microgrids Cropping Up in Florida with Utility Partners

Florida is the most hurricane-prone state in the US, vulnerable to an average $15.4 billion in storm damages annually. So it’s perplexing that state government hasn’t made at least as much fanfare about microgrids as places like California and New Jersey. But even if its government isn’t leading the way, microgrids are cropping up in the … [Read more...]

University of Central Florida Creates Microgrid Control Lab to Train Students

The University of Central Florida (UCF) today unveiled a microgrid control lab that will allow students to simulate and test real-life grid control operations, including finding ways to optimize and secure grids in the future.  The lab aims for safe, reliable, efficient and secure operation of large-scale distribution networks with extremely … [Read more...]

Florida Power and Light Partners with Florida International University on Microgrid

Hurricane season in the US continues through Nov. 30, so reminders to be ready for power outages are frequent in Florida. And when future outages occur, the microgrid built by a Florida Power and Light (FPL)-Florida International University (FIU) partnership will supply backup power to FIU's engineering center — considered one of the most high-tech … [Read more...]

Florida Braces for Prolonged Power Outages, Damage to Energy Infrastructure

Government and utility officials are warning Floridians that Hurricane Irma is likely to cause widespread power outages and extensive damage to energy infrastructure that could take weeks to repair. "Due to the strength and magnitude of Irma, our service area will likely see widespread and substantial destruction that will require crews to … [Read more...]