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Utility Distribution Microgrids to Grow into $917M US Market by 2024: Navigant

Utility distribution microgrids will grow into a $917 million market by 2024 in the US, according to a new report by Navigant Research. Utility distribution microgrids, or UDMs, differ from conventional microgrids in that they are built to bolster a utility distribution system, rather than directly serve a microgrid customer, such as hospital, … [Read more...]

NY-BEST Calls for 2 GW of Multi-Hour Energy Storage by 2025

Energy storage advocates in New York are calling for the state to set a California-style portfolio standard that would add 2 GW of multi-hour energy storage by 2025. The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) recommended the target in a filing last week before the state Public Service Commission (PSC). The energy … [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...]

Duke Energy Microgrid Tests Game-Changing Communications System

A Duke Energy microgrid test bed is striving to crack one of the biggest challenges facing utilities today: the need to seamlessly integrate distributed resources and allow for real-time communication between the resources and utilities. In North Carolina's Gaston County, at the Mount Holly test bed, Duke is experimenting with 'Open Field … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrid on Vineyard Can Island, Reduces Carbon Emissions

When Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards first installed its solar microgrid and other renewable technologies, the aim was to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent. Within a year, the vineyard reached that goal, and is now aiming to attain below-zero carbon emissions using renewable energy and storage, the company says. Located on a 16-acre … [Read more...]

The Multi-Directional Grid & its Safety, Connectivity & Speed Challenges

In the old days, the grid was uni-directional. But now, it's a multi-directional grid with more and more energy storage, renewables, electric vehicles and other resources coming online, and the utility's task has become complex -- to say the least. The utility of the future -- under New York State's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and … [Read more...]

Green & Distributed Energy Solicitations in Ontario, Hawaii, California

Hawaii, Ontario and California have green and distributed energy solicitations in various stages of planning or action, some directly tied to microgrid and smart grid efforts. Hawaii Hawaiian Electric Companies recently laid out a near-term path toward its 30-year goal to achieve 100 percent renewable energy. Called the Power Supply … [Read more...]

Follow the Microgrids: Grid Transformation and the Exelon/Pepco Merger

If you want to track electric grid transformation, follow the microgrids. That was one of the lessons quietly underscored by the otherwise noisy regulatory review of the Exelon/Pepco utility merger, according to Rachel Gold, a senior associate at the Rocky Mountain Institute. When the $6.8 billion Exelon/Pepco merger closed last month … [Read more...]

National Grid to Test New Utility Microgrid Services

How will utilities make money as more customers generate their own electricity?  That’s one of the big looming industry questions, and one that National Grid is trying to solve by testing new utility microgrid services. The utility plans to try out the services in Potsdam, New York, where it is installing a microgrid with Clarkson University, … [Read more...]

EV Chargers Plus Energy Storage Equals Multiple Benefits

EV chargers plus energy storage are expected to lower demand charges and avoid utility-funded infrastructure upgrades in a pilot program in Hawaii. In the pilot, a partnership among Hawaiian Electric (HECO), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Greenlots, a 50-kW fast charger for EVs is coupled with energy storage at a HECO site that … [Read more...]