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Alaska Center Seeks New Microgrid Technology…Microgrid Brings Peace & Quiet to Kenya Park…Other Quick News

Funds available in microgrid technology competition The Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies has launched a competition that offers financial and lab assistance for microgrid technology development. The grand prize winner will receive $275,000 to accelerate commercialization and improve operation and efficiency of a microgrid technology. … [Read more...]

Nanogrid Building in San Francisco Grapples with Utility Incentives

Developers of one-of-a-kind nanogrid building in San Francisco are grappling with challenges stemming from the incentives they're receiving from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), through Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The project, Sol-Lux Alpha, is a four-unit condo building  with a 42-kW photovoltaic array and 105 kWh … [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...]

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...]

Organization Wary of Utility Market Dominance over EV Charging in California

An electric vehicle advocacy organization is sounding an alarm about utility market dominance over EV charging, as California's largest utility attempts to grow its services. Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E) wants to expand its EV charging in northern California. But the Electric Vehicle Charging Association (EVCA) warns that the utility … [Read more...]

How the California Drought Affects Energy Storage and Microgrid Markets

California's water worries prompted the state to require utilities to acquire unprecedented amounts of energy storage. Similar worries could prompt other states to support solar and storage to help ease drought problems. And that will help boost the storage and microgrid markets, says Darren Hammell, co-founder and chief strategy officer for … [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...]

Industry Insiders _Not_ Surprised that Utilities Like Microgrids

So it turns out that utilities like microgrids, contrary to the notion – almost lore – that they dread them as economic disruptors or technical headaches. In fact, utilities view microgrids as a business opportunity. That was the finding of a recent project that I had the pleasure of working on with the nice folks at Utility Dive, who … [Read more...]