Electrical Equipment Manufacturers See a Future in Microgrids

A new report from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association details why there's a future in microgrids for association members--and everyone else."Powering Microgrids for the 21st-Century Electrical System," lays out the business case for microgrids, identifies the technological advances that will increase microgrid use, and provides a … [Read more...]

With Flexibility, Eastern Grid Can Get More than 30 Percent Renewables Online

With increased flexibility, the eastern grid can get more than 30 percent renewables online, and at times, can boost its renewables penetration to up to 60 percent.That's the word from a new report from the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), "The Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS)." To bring … [Read more...]

Good News for Microgrids from California Climate Bills

California's passage of two aggressive climate bills offers good news for microgrids, since they can act as levers to help the state reduce carbon dioxide emissions.Once again, the state has led the climate change battle, this time with last week's passage by the state legislature of the two bills, SB 32 and AB 197. The bills aim to reduce … [Read more...]

Microgridding the U.S. One State at a Time

Many revolutions in the U.S. electric power industry begin within states, where policymakers drive change to lower electric rates or green energy supply. This is proving true again as the ‘microgridding’ of the U.S. power grid begins.In the last three weeks alone, California, New Jersey and Washington state have issued grants or put forward … [Read more...]

New York’s Microgrids Exempt from Clean Energy Standard — For Now

New York's microgrids will not be required to comply with the state's new clean energy standard, but the idea will be taken up again by state regulators in 2020.That’s the word from the state Public Service Commission in an order issued Monday that requires 50 percent of the state’s electric supply come from renewable energy by 2030.The … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrids in South Africa Electrify, Boost Economic Development

Accenture Development Partnerships has teamed up with the University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) and The Rural Development Company to develop solar microgrids in South Africa that aim to provide rural electrification and economic development.Accenture is trying to create a sustainable economic model that can be … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]