Head of New York Public Service Commission to Keynote HOMER International Microgrid Conference

microgrid conference speakers: Zibelman to keynoteNew York Public Service Commission Chairwoman Audrey Zibelman. Photo courtesy of the state Department of Public Service.

Audrey Zibelman, chair of the New York Dept of Public Service Commission (PSC), will give the keynote address at the 4th Annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference coming up in New York City on November 7-8, 2016. Zibelman has a background in the microgrid industry and has been responsible for designing and leading the regulatory and retail market changes of the electric industry under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). REV […]

HOMER User Tip: Using HOMER Optimizer™ for More Effective Modeling

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HOMER User Tip: Using HOMER Optimizer for More Effective Modeling HOMER Pro’s Optimizer offers a useful alternative to HOMER’s Search Space, enabling users to find the optimal sizes for system components. When using the Search Space, HOMER only considers the sizes of components that the user has specified. In addition, users often have no idea what sizes they should be considering (which is why they are using HOMER in the first place). Clicking the […]

Create Your Own Microgrid Control Strategies with HOMER Pro APIs

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Microgrid control strategies are at the heart of successful microgrid design and optimization. Now HOMER Pro truly puts the concept of “control” into microgrid control strategies. Version 3.7 introduces three new ways users can supplement the default load following and cycle charging strategies HOMER has used for decades. Moving HOMER to an Open Platform to Meet Modern Challenges “HOMER was originally created in 1993, when microgrids were limited to remote off-grid areas, and […]

Updates from Africa, SLC Plans for 100% Green..and More Microgrid News Highlights, Week Ended July 15, 2016

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News highlights include newly installed microgrid at the Loisaba Conservancy, launch of the Tanzania SE4All “Action Agenda and Investment Prospectus,” Stratean acquires CleanSpark, (ACMTC) competition now open for applications, Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) completes $200 million Macquarie Capital transaction, Texas Microgrid to power H-E-B groceries during outages…

IEEE Proceedings Zooms In on Smart Buildings-Microgrid Integration

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In a special issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE, 11 research papers cover topics ranging from an analysis of geo-referenced building data in the evaluation of thermal microgrids and the use of automated demand response (DR) systems in smart buildings and microgrids to envisioning changes in behavior as the evolution towards consumer-centric power grids continues.

Main-grid and Microgrid Bankability in Africa: A Comparison

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Clusters of gas-fired turbines, big dams, and geothermal projects in Sub-Saharan Africa tend to have very complex financing structures. In addition, they also often involve complex debt/equity structures from local banks. Microgrids, however, are within the reach of much smaller organizations.

HOMER Energy News Highlights, Week Ended July 8, 2016

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A municipal utility renewable energy microgrid in Ohio and an energy security installation at Marine Air Corps Base Miramar are among the highlights of this week’s microgrid and distributed energy news.

(Must read!) On Using Software to Make Case for Mini-grid Deployment; G20 Energy Meeting. News Extra 7/5/16

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HOMER Director of Energy Engineering John Glassmire discusses how to use software to make a strong business case for mini-grid deployment in an easy-to-digest article; IRENA reports on 2016 G20 Energy Ministers Meeting.

HOMER Energy Handpicked News Highlights, Week Ended July 1, 2016

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Off-grid home solar-storage, community solar and microgrid projects in Brooklyn, Ontario, Minnesota, Rwanda and Kenya are among the highlight of this week’s microgrid and distributed energy developments.

HOMER CEO Peter Lilienthal: Watch Interview on Asian Microgrid Market; Plan for Solar Power Int’l

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HOMER CEO Peter Lilienthal gave an in-depth interview about the Asian microgrid market last month at Asian Utility Week (ASUW) 2016. In this video available on the Engerati YouTube channel, Lilienthal discusses the different Asian markets for microgrids and renewable energy, from areas having little or no energy infrastructure to those using fossil-fuel based energy sources in dealing with an unreliable grid, to developed countries looking for more resilient solutions. He explains recent […]