Podcast: What's The Difference Between Community Solar & Green Power

With PG&E planning to offer solar as both a community solar and green power program, we asked what's the difference--and who would be interested in community solar instead of green power. Erica Schroeder McConnell, attorney for Interstate Renewable Energy Council, answers the question in this podcast. … [Read more...]

Interested in Microgrids? Visit Our New Site: MicrogridKnowledge.com

EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com has recently launched MicrogridKnowledge.com, the first independent, international news and feature website dedicated solely to the microgrid industry. Microgrids are being installed worldwide at a rapid clip.  In North America, microgrids are providing back-up power, bolstering grid services, and adding clean and … [Read more...]

So Much Energy Storage Data, So Much to Do with It!

There's a ton of data available from energy storage units, smart meters, weather forecasters, and other data producers. Ideally, this data can be used to forecast demand and weather, integrate renewable energy, shape customer usage, prevent outages, and cope with outages once they happen. But how can we integrate and analyze all this data to make … [Read more...]

Big Question: How Can Microgrids Protect Us from Grid Hackers?

Grid hackers are hard at work trying to takedown the US electric system. The US government and private security firms report both foreign and domestic attempts are growing in frequency In the interest of advancing ‘microgrid knowledge,’ we will periodically pose a big question that’s been on our minds. Please share your expertise with our readers … [Read more...]

How to Make Many Community Microgrids: The Hunters Point Model

If neighborhoods controlled their power supply, chances are many would opt for clean and efficient energy, especially if it’s cost-effective. But energy choices aren’t left to the locals in the United States. Instead, utilities, cities and states determine our mix of power plants. Communities might have more say if they develop their own … [Read more...]

California Offers Up to $26.5 Million in Microgrid Grants

The California Energy Commission is offering up to $26.5 million for microgrid grants, in a request for proposals issued July 3. The RFP seeks microgrid projects that demonstrate ways to reduce carbon emissions and increase use of renewable energy and electric vehicles. “California’s electric grid must become more resilient and adaptable to … [Read more...]

How Do Utilities Make Money in an Age of Energy Efficiency?

Electric utilities are survivors. Their doom has been predicted many times over the last few decades as their industry restructured, competitors arrived and new technologies emerged. Rather than die, utilities morph. We’ve entered yet another period of utility disruption. This time the challenge is formidable. Electricity sales are flat in the … [Read more...]

Confused about How to Develop a Microgrid?

If you’d like to develop a microgrid for your business, campus or community, but don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. In the US, the race is on to build these mini-grids that can keep the power flowing when the larger grid goes down. But it’s a race without a pathway or clear rules in many states. Regulators appear to be chasing the market … [Read more...]

What's the Dark Side of Microgrids?

Marc Lopata says his job is to uncover the dark side of microgrids. And that's just what the president and principal engineer for Microgrid Solar is doing in a project that combines energy storage and solar energy at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). The project is located at the "Solar Village," which consists of … [Read more...]