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Integrating Renewable Energy into Microgrids: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies

The business case for microgrids is improving by the day. Microgrids offer tremendous potential to enhance reliability, resilience, and long-term energy security. As microgrid technologies continue to advance and costs decline, business models and regulatory structures are beginning to shift in recognition of the potential benefits these systems … [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...]

Massachusetts Positions to be Third State to Set an Energy Storage Mandate

Massachusetts entered the vanguard of the energy storage industry with legislative approval late Sunday night of an energy storage mandate. The mandate – a requirement that utilities procure a specified amount of energy storage by 2020 – is part of a broader energy bill state lawmakers passed minutes before the legislative session ended for 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...]

Sen. Cantwell Seeks Help on Grid Modernization from National Academy of Sciences

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell has asked the National Academy of Sciences to assist Congress as it considers federal funding for grid modernization, including microgrids. In a July 15 letter, the Democrat from Washington seeks the academy’s help with legislation now in conference committee that focuses on microgrids, grid storage and distribution … [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...]

Miramar, One of Largest Military Microgrid Projects, Readies to Show How It’s Done

Miramar, one of the most-watched U.S. miltary microgrid projects, is getting ready to demonstrate that today's microgrids are about a whole lot more than just back-up power. That was the word from Mick Wasco, installation energy manager at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego, in an interview this week, following announcement … [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...]