ERCOT’s Tight Reserve Margin and Renewable Energy: What’s it All Mean for Texas Businesses?

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It’s been a hot summer in Texas, even into September, with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) again September 5 and 6 urging customers to use less electricity. Given these events, and new renewable energy options, businesses in the state are — no doubt — thinking about their energy choices. Microgrid Knowledge will explore … [Read more...]

Solar-Plus-Storage is Critical to Microgrid Development

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This is the latest in a series of articles on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we focus on a discussion about energy storage from the panel "Beyond Islanding: The Well-Connected Microgrid." Microgrids increasingly depend on solar-plus-storage — or the ability to generate solar power on site and to … [Read more...]

Microgrid News from NRG Energy, Cummins, USA Microgrids, Navigant

Partnership to watch: NRG Energy and Cummins Here is one to watch. Energy giant NRG Energy and engine manufacturer Cummins have formed a partnership to offer distributed energy systems for commercial and industrial customers. The partnership brings together NRG’s distributed energy capabilities with Cummins’ generators into a platform … [Read more...]

NRG: Renewable Energy

NRG Renewable Energy

Attention and promise is one thing – true growth and value is another. Today, renewable energy has clearly landed on the second half of this equation. Once the domain of well-meaning early adopters, renewable approaches now involve a broader array of practices, products and technologies put in place by an ever-expanding roster of ROI-driven … [Read more...]

Utility-Owned Microgrids Get Thumbs-Down from Maryland PSC Staff

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Questioning the legality of utility-owned microgrids, regulatory advisors in Maryland on Friday came out against a microgrid pilot plan by Baltimore Gas & Electric. Instead, the staff of the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) called for the commission to launch a larger, generic proceeding on microgrid policy in the state. The … [Read more...]

Microgrid Group on REV: Don’t Replace One Utility Monopoly with Another

New York appears to be moving in the direction of making electric utilities into something like an Internet marketplace for energy -- and this may not be a wise move. That’s the word from the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) in written comments filed this week on Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a much-watched strategy to decentralize New … [Read more...]

No Place to Plug In: Welcome to the Age of Socket Insecurity

no place to plug in

America is good at making enough electricity to serve its increasingly plugged-in economy.  Ample juice is flowing. Problem is, there is no place to plug in. We are becoming a nation beset by socket insecurity. Watch the weary traveler in almost any airport, on the hunt for a charging kiosk to save his cell phone before its final tweet. … [Read more...]

NY Prize Stage 1 Awards: Who, Why and What’s it Mean for Community Microgrids

NY Prize

New York showed itself as the nation’s leader in community microgrid development July 8 by awarding funds for an unprecedented 83 projects through its $40 million NY Prize. No other state has made such a vigorous foray into this type of microgrid, which focuses largely on keeping critical facilities up and running in a community when the central … [Read more...]

Borrego Springs Microgrid Averts Long Outage During Lightning Strike Repair

San Diego Gas & Electric reported today that the Borrego Springs microgrid averted a major outage for an entire community in late May as the utility repaired damage from a lightning strike. The Borrego Springs microgrid allowed SDG&E to avoid what would have otherwise meant several hours of no power for  2,800 customers. During nine … [Read more...]

Central Hudson and NRG Energy Propose Complex Microgrids in New York

complex microgrid

Central Hudson Gas & Electric wants to test the market for complex microgrids in a project with NRG Energy that may span as many as 50 buildings. The New York utility described the project in a recent filing before the state Public Service Commission. It is one of the seven projects offered by Central Hudson to help the state develop its … [Read more...]