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Microgrid News Weekly: Marijuana Microgrids, Coal vs. Wind — February 23, 2017

marijuana microgridEnergy accounts for 20-25% of indoor cannabis cultivation costs. Photo via CPB

BBC lists SteamaCo’s electricity grids as top African product to watch in 2017…Bangladesh Emerges as a Hotbed for Solar Microgrids…New Jersey Moves Forward with First Ever Rail Microgrid Project & more microgrid news highlights January 5, 2017

New Microgrid System Brings RE to Flinders Island, Tasmania

http://www.utilitydive.com/news/tesla-batteries-help-power-small-north-carolina-island/434536/The Flinders Island microgrid will reduce diesel emissions by 60%

  Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest producer of renewable energy, is developing the “Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub” project designed to increase the island’s use of renewable energy and dramatically reduce fossil fuel usage, until now the only electrical energy source on the island. Electro Power Systems S.A. (EPS), in partnership with Toshiba, were commissioned for a hybrid storage system as part of Flinders Island’s microgrid for Hydro Tasmania. The system, which combines renewables and […]

Microgrid News Weekly: Focus on Africa — February 17, 2017

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BBC lists SteamaCo’s electricity grids as top African product to watch in 2017…Bangladesh Emerges as a Hotbed for Solar Microgrids…New Jersey Moves Forward with First Ever Rail Microgrid Project & more microgrid news highlights January 5, 2017

Maryland: Despite Setbacks, Maryland Powers Through with Microgrids and Clean Energy Jobs

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Last week, the Maryland legislature passed the Clean Energy Jobs act, overriding a veto last year by Governor Larry Hogan. Also in 2016, the state’s Public Service Commission made news when it rejected utility microgrids. In positive microgrid news, last week’s jobs bill passage comes alongside the announcement of two advanced Maryland microgrids announced by the state’s Montgomery County. The just-passed act increases the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 25% by 2020 — […]

Electrifying Kenya, Microgrid Economics & More Microgrid News — February 8, 2017

Electrifying Kenya, Panel: Microgrid Economics

Kenya to Spend $2.1 Billion to Increase Electricity Connectivity to Remote Areas, DistribuTECH Panel: the Promising Economic Future of Microgrids, Alaskan Microgrid to Pair Battery, Flywheel Storage Systems, and More Microgrid News — February 8, 2017

Colorado multi-stakeholder Solar-plus-Storage “Portfolio” Microgrid Project

Peña Station NEXT microgrid A rendering of the microgrid project at Peña Station NEXT

At Peña Station NEXT—a 382-acre transit-oriented development in Denver, Colorado—stakeholders Panasonic, Xcel Energy, Denver International Airport, Younicos, and LC Fulenwider, Inc. have partnered on an ambitious solar+storage microgrid. The project used a public-private partnership approach that resulted in a multi-stakeholder “portfolio microgrid.” Now, Panasonic, Xcel Energy, and Younicos have released a white paper, A Portfolio Microgrid in Denver, Colorado: How a multi-use battery energy storage system provides grid and customer services through a […]

IKEA Speeds Energy Independence Plan, Democrats Include Microgrids in $1 Trillion Plan, and More News — February 1, 2017

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BBC lists SteamaCo’s electricity grids as top African product to watch in 2017…Bangladesh Emerges as a Hotbed for Solar Microgrids…New Jersey Moves Forward with First Ever Rail Microgrid Project & more microgrid news highlights January 5, 2017

2017 Microgrid Report Brief: HOMER ‘Key Player’ in Industry Growth, Top Storage Co.s Ranked, Conflicting Predictions, Better Standards Needed

Report Calls HOMER Energy ‘Key Player’ in Microgrid Growth Around the globe, governments are increasingly concentrating on RE resource-based microgrids. The microgrid market is expected to be a multi-billion-dollar market and to grow at a significant rate during the forecast period, through 2020, according to a recent Future Market Insights report. At present, the market is led by North America owing to growing industrialization and electrification. However, it is expected to witness a […]

Renewable Energy: California & Wyoming on Opposite Paths …& More Microgrid News — January 26, 2017

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BBC lists SteamaCo’s electricity grids as top African product to watch in 2017…Bangladesh Emerges as a Hotbed for Solar Microgrids…New Jersey Moves Forward with First Ever Rail Microgrid Project & more microgrid news highlights January 5, 2017

IRENA: Microgrids Most Democratic Energy Source, Energy Storage a ‘Game-changer’

irena microgrids democraticIRENA's 7th Assembly, Abu Dhabi. Photo via IRENA.org

In 2016, the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA), celebrated five monumental years of work. IRENA, an intergovernmental organization supporting countries in the transition to sustainable use of renewable energy, is headquartered in Abu Dhabi. Its formidable accomplishments last year include comprehensive reports (such as: ‘Innovation Outlook: Renewable Mini-grids,’ produced with support from HOMER Energy and TTA; the trajectory of solar in Africa; and the explosion of renewable energy jobs), as well as technology briefs, meetings […]