Exelon Readies Super Microgrid Controller that Allows Microgrids to ‘Talk’ to Each Other

Exelon is becoming known for its emphasis on the public purpose microgrid. Less well known, but possibly more significant, is early work the utility giant has underway that could lead to a ‘grid of microgrids.’ At the heart of the effort is development of a kind of super microgrid controller by Exelon’s subsidiary Commonwealth … [Read more...]

Portable Hybrid Microgrid Up and Running in One Week for Australia Village: ABB

A new portable hybrid microgrid system was up in running in an Australian village within one week of leaving the factory more than 600 miles away. Six months later it was packed up and relocated for use elsewhere. The disassembly required less than 170 hours of labor. Called SunSHIFT, the hybrid system can use solar, diesel and natural gas … [Read more...]

White House Lays Out Plans to Scale Up Microgrids, Storage & Renewables

The Obama Administration on Thursday laid out an extensive list of federal, utility and private actions to scale up microgrids, energy storage and renewable energy throughout the US. The menu of initiatives came out of a summit that the White House hosted to boost the growing combination of renewables and energy storage. The event drew … [Read more...]

Watershed Energy Storage Events Create Microgrid Markets

We're seeing watershed events in the energy storage industry, and they're creating new microgrid markets. That's the word from Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association. Here's just one example of the many watershed events that are creating opportunities for microgrids: PJM recently created a performance capacity … [Read more...]

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

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 staff … [Read more...]

India Floats Plan to Install 10,000 Microgrids and Mini-Grids

India is floating a plan to spur development of 10,000 renewable microgrids and mini-grids to help bring electricity to 237 million people living in energy poverty. Issued this week by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the draft plan calls for 500 MW of installations by energy service companies (ESCOs). The ministry defines microgrids … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrid to ‘Green’ North America’s Largest Port

The Port of Los Angeles, North America's largest port, plans to install a $26. 6 million solar microgrid this year, as it moves toward becoming the first marine terminal to operate solely on renewable energy. The port is building the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project in partnership with Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals. It will … [Read more...]

Can California Shape Microgrid Development? Because it’s Coming Anyway

Promote them or not, microgrids are coming to California. So how can policymakers shape microgrid development to get the most out of it for consumers and the grid? That's how Gabe Petlin, supervisor of grid planning and reliability at the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), framed California’s upcoming quest to create a microgrid road … [Read more...]

Duke Energy & Duke University Team on Microgrid-Ready CHP Project

Duke Energy has struck a deal to build a microgrid-ready combined heat and power (CHP) project for Duke University. Pending state regulatory approval, the utility giant will own, build and operate the 21-MW plant under a 35-year agreement with the university. The $55 million project, which will be fueled by natural gas, will be located on the … [Read more...]

Case Study: Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid

As one of 16 U.S. communities designated White House Climate Action Champions, Blue Lake Rancheria, a Native American reservation in Northern California, had already made investments in alternative energy generation sources. The next step was to achieve even greater efficiency by optimizing how those resources are managed and dispatched. Blue … [Read more...]