Maryland Regulators Reject BGE’s Utility Microgrids; Raise Competition Issues

Maryland regulators made clear this week that utility microgrids won’t be a slam dunk in the restructured state.The Public Service Commission rejected a proposal by Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) to construct, operate and recover costs for two public purpose microgrids.In doing so, the commission focused on specific problems it had with … [Read more...]

Manufacturers See Growing Use of Sophisticated Microgrids. Urge White House to Speed the Trend

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association says it envisions growing use of sophisticated microgrids and is urging the White House to take action to speed the trend.NEMA described what it sees ahead for microgrids and other modern energy technologies in recent comments on the Quadrennial Energy Review. President Barack Obama initiated … [Read more...]

Hey Congress, Don’t Pick Clean Energy Technology Favorites: Pew

In picking and choosing clean energy technology favorites, the U.S. Congress appears to be neglecting some important ones, among them fuel cells, combined heat and power (CHP) and small wind.The Pew Charitable Trusts sees these technologies heading for neglect as solar and large-scale wind prosper, since Congress extended their federal tax … [Read more...]

What the Changes to California’s Self-Generation Incentives Mean to Energy Storage

Energy storage gets a big nod under recent changes to California's self-generation incentives, which also place new emphasis on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.The California Public Utilities Commission approved the revisions to the self-generation incentive program (SGIP) on June 23.Under the changes, 75 percent of the funding goes to … [Read more...]

Is this the ‘Non-Weird’ Future of Microgrids? 

Elon Musk, CEO of California-based Tesla, last week told analysts that he wants to get the energy world to a “non-weird future.” Meanwhile, about 2,000 miles away in Minnesota, an international energy gathering offered a glimpse of its own kind of energy future.Musk’s future of microgrids is a place where consumers can easily (and more cheaply) … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]