Groups struggle to find the elusive ‘value of resilience’ as the electric grid reveals its fragility

During an extreme heat spell several years ago, my house lost power for a week. We were taking care of aging parents and had no power or water. By week’s end, I would have emptied my life’s savings for some working kilowatts. After the power was restored, I quickly forgot the pain and, like most people, again took reliable electricity for … [Read more...]

The agonizing issue that no one cares about: Interconnection

Charlotte Mitchell, chairman of the North Carolina Utilities Commission, expressed relief when — at last — folks started to trickle into a talk on interconnection that she moderated yesterday at a national gathering of utility regulators in Washington, DC. Mitchell's worry — that the audience would be sparse — was understandable. The “I” … [Read more...]

NARUC Issues Reports on Using Distributed Resources to Improve Grid Resilience

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has released a report on how distributed energy resources (DERs) and microgrids can improve grid resilience along with a guide state regulators can use to review proposed projects. “With more threats to the distribution grid, strategically placing generation resources or … [Read more...]

The Value of Energy Resilience Continues to Elude Regulators: Report

With the upsurge in catastrophic events such as wildfires and hurricanes, business leaders along with utility regulators are looking for ways to stem losses — to get the lights back on and the companies back to work. Enter distributed energy resources such as microgrids, solar photovoltaics, and batteries that have fallen in price and that provide … [Read more...]