$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...]

Australian Start-up Launches Distributed Energy Exchange

Sophie Vorrath of RenewEconomy describes a new distributed energy exchange by GreenSync that facilitates energy transactions between businesses, households, communities and utilities. Melbourne-based tech start-up GreenSync has officially launched its potentially game-changing trading platform for distributed energy resources – a technology the … [Read more...]

Big Players Spin the Wheel for the $45B Energy Storage Jackpot

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Players in the booming energy storage market are like contestants running the board on "Jeopardy” before solving the puzzle on "Wheel of Fortune.” Investors are taking risks and companies are striking deals in rapid rounds, chasing a big jackpot that is expected to reach $20.5 billion (Navigant Research) to $45 billion (AES) globally by … [Read more...]

Australian Battery Storage Market Heats up as Tesla and Sonnen Vie for Position

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One Step Off the Grid's Sophie Vorrath describes the latest moves by Tesla rival, Sonnen, as the Australian battery storage market heats up. NSW-based Natural Solar said on Monday it was taking the role of premier Sonnen installer in the Australian market, rolling out the first series of sonnenFlat installations around the country, much as it … [Read more...]

Tesla for Easy Microgrid Buying, Black & Veatch for Sustainability & Axiom Exergy for Cool

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Tesla: Would you like your microgrid in a bag or box? Tesla's vision of one-stop-shopping for microgrid-like products came closer to reality this week following approval of its merger with SolarCity by the independent members of each company's boards of directors. Elon Musk, the CEO and major shareholder of both companies, is positioning … [Read more...]

Is this the ‘Non-Weird’ Future of Microgrids? 

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Elon Musk, CEO of California-based Tesla, last week told analysts that he wants to get the energy world to a “non-weird future.” Meanwhile, about 2,000 miles away in Minnesota, an international energy gathering offered a glimpse of its own kind of energy future. Musk’s future of microgrids is a place where consumers can easily (and more cheaply) … [Read more...]

California: Out of Controversy Comes a Role Model for Energy Storage?

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The Clean Energy Group's Seth Mullendore describes problems that have plagued California's Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) and reforms that may make it a role model for energy storage incentives. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently proposed a few changes to California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) … [Read more...]

Con Edison Plans Virtual Power Plant in New York from 300 Homes… And Other Quick News

Consolidated Edison plans to create a virtual power plant in New York, formed from the largest residential distributed energy storage program in the U.S. This summer the utility will invite 300 New York homeowners to participate in the solar plus storage pilot project, which will integrate more than 1.8 MW of solar and some 1.8 MW (4 MWh) of … [Read more...]