Energy Storage and the Supermajors…6 Policies to Up Corporate Use of Renewables…& More News

What Total's energy storage play means for supermajors French oil company Total is the first oil “supermajor” entering new areas of business including solar plus storage and distributed energy generation, Lux Research says, and the other global oil supermajors — BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell and Total — should follow … [Read more...]

Grid-Connected Microgrids and Battery Technology

Grid-connected microgrids are considered the future of a smarter electric grid. So as large-scale battery technology and economies of scale continue to improve, many utilities are investigating the use of battery technology as the basis for Grid Energy Storage Systems (GESS).AusNet Services, the largest energy delivery service in Victoria, … [Read more...]

Avoiding Outages with Hydropower Microgrid…More Renewables in the North American Energy Mix… And Other Quick News

A hydropower microgrid to avoid outagesFollowing its second major outage in three years, the city of Idaho Falls is evaluating a hydroelectric microgrid plan with Idaho National Laboratory (INL).As reported by PostRegister.com, the microgrid would be powered by Idaho Falls' four hydroelectric plants on the Snake River, which can power as … [Read more...]

Integrating Renewable Energy into Microgrids: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies

The business case for microgrids is improving by the day. Microgrids offer tremendous potential to enhance reliability, resilience, and long-term energy security. As microgrid technologies continue to advance and costs decline, business models and regulatory structures are beginning to shift in recognition of the potential benefits these systems … [Read more...]

The Hybrid Microgrid Down Under…Lux Research Sees Distruptive Energy Ahead…Other Quick News

Construction will begin in September on a hybrid microgrid in Coober Pedy, a remote town in the Australian outback where conditions are harsh.Two Senvion MM92 turbines will supply wind energy to the hybrid microgrid, which also will use solar and battery storage to help the community reduce its reliance on diesel fuel.The project has … [Read more...]

Japan Proposes Microgrid Project in the Philippines…How to Write an Energy Storage RFP… and Other Quick News

Tokyo Electric Power Company proposes 1-MW island microgrid project in the Philippines The Japanese government has proposed a 1-MW microgrid project in the Philippines. As reported by the  Catanduanes Tribune, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) -- the largest power supplier in Japan -- selected Catanduanes' capital town of Virac for the … [Read more...]

Advanced Microgrid Solutions and Opus One Partner to Modernize Grid… And Other Quick News

Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) and Opus One Solutions will bring together their software platforms to help build a distributed grid for utilities and energy customers. The companies are combining AMS's analytics software Armada with Opus One's GridOS.Advanced Microgrid Solutions, a pioneer in the use of energy storage systems for … [Read more...]

Microgrid Control System Proposed to Meet Long Island Peak Load Demand and Other Quick News

Massachusetts-based Anbaric Microgrid says it has proposed a microgrid control system in a solicitation to meet peak load demand in the South Fork area of Long Island.Dirk van Ouwerkerk, lead partner for Anbaric Microgrid, wrote about the project in an op-ed article published by Hamptons.com.PSEG Long Island is about to choose a … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Eliminates Hefty Demand Charges… and Other Quick Microgrid News

Federal tax incentives for solar plus energy storage systems are currently available for up to 30 percent of the total cost. For Mission Viejo business Franchise Services, an investment in solar plus storage will drastically reduce utility bills -- and eliminate hefty demand charges.The company, which occupies a 44,000 square foot office … [Read more...]

Deloitte: On-site Energy on the Rise with Millennials Leading the Clean Energy Charge & Other Quick Microgrid News

Millennials are increasingly driving electric utilities and businesses to use more clean energy, according to a study from Deloitte.“Resources 2016 Study - Energy Management: Navigating the Headwinds," highlights the increasing influence of millennials aged 21-34, the largest and most dominant consumer group, as a dynamic force behind the shift … [Read more...]