Will this California City Become a Shining Example for Microgrids or a Cautionary Tale?

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To David Bliss the proposed Carson City solar project offers the best of what the microgrid industry offers: a way to help green the energy supply of a disadvantaged community, save it some money, and provide electric reliability. So the founder of Charge Bliss is bewildered by what he’s about to face today: a possible vote by the city … [Read more...]

Win for Virtual Power Plants and Aggregations in Australia

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Giles Parkinson, founder and owner of RenewEconomy, describes a wholesale market decision that is expected to boost virtual power plants and energy aggregations in Australia. Tesla and other proponents of virtual power plants and demand management schemes have scored a significant win after the country’s main energy market rule maker … [Read more...]

Message to FERC: Think Beyond Bulk Power to Achieve Grid Resilience

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Several groups are urging FERC to give microgrids and distributed energy resources a place at the table as it searches for ways to improve electric grid resilience on the bulk power system. The groups offered input recently as part of a proceeding (AD18-7-000) that FERC opened after rejecting U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s push to subsidize … [Read more...]

Energy Non-Profit Sees Paradigm Shift as Puerto Rico Prepares for the Next Big One

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Resilient Power Puerto Rico, a non-profit energy relief effort, is scaling up its operations, installing solar-storage microgrids in towns and communities, readying the island as yet another hurricane season approaches. With a goal to raise $2.5 million and install 100 community-centered microgrids across Puerto Rico, the organization … [Read more...]

Too Few Microgrids for Puerto Rico? Or Too Many? Depends on Who You Ask

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With power still not fully restored, Puerto Rico finds itself forced to quickly answer questions about microgrids that much of the U.S. mainland has yet to tackle. How many microgrids are enough? What’s the utility role? What price should customers pay for microgrid power? How green should they be? And what defines a microgrid, … [Read more...]

South Australia to Build World’s Largest Virtual Power Plant and Sizable Solar Microgrid

South Australia lit up the distributed energy map yesterday with word that it will build the world’s biggest virtual power plant and a separate, sizable commercial solar microgrid. The 250-MW virtual power plant, which will use Tesla Powerwalls, will encompass 50,000 homes at full build-out in four years. The homes will be networked via … [Read more...]

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...]

$2M Renewable Microgrid in Alberta Wins Grant…Energy Storage to Reach $130B…South Australia’s Battery Milestone

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Medicine Hat College awarded $215,000 grant for renewable microgrid A college in Alberta, Canada has won a $215,000 grant to apply toward a $2 million renewable microgrid in planning on the campus. Medicine Hat College won the money from Alberta’s Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program. The microgrid grant is part of a $4 … [Read more...]

Why DOE’s Plan Won’t Create a Resilient Grid. But What Might…

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A funny thing happened on the way to creating a more resilient grid in the United States. Rather than promoting technologies that actually do this – like microgrids – the Department of Energy (DOE) is pushing old-style generators that are part of the problem. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in September asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission … [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...]