Renewable Energy

Weekly Roundup Microgrid News October 19, 2016


Navy and Energy Commission Agree to Partner on Renewable Energy Projects…Hybrid Microgrids Could Cut N.W.T.’s Diesel Dependence by Half, Report Says…Pure-play Battery or Hybrid Grid Energy Storage?

Weekly Microgrid News Highlights, October 12, 2016

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Weekly Microgrid News Highlights October 12, 2016   New Energy Task Force Approves Draft Recommendation for Comprehensive Reforms The New Energy Task Force proposal approved last week recommends the return of net metering — which had been controversially revoked less than a year before — to Nevada. This recommendation is part of a wider reform push from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. It also suggests that the state re-open planning for the Clean Power Plan, […]

Case Study: Rocky Mountain Institute Uses HOMER to Plan Saint Lucia’s Energy Future

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HOMER Case Study: Rocky Mountain Institute Saint Lucia, like other island nations in the Caribbean, experiences high and volatile energy prices and has an economy extremely vulnerable to fluctuations in global oil prices. When combined with heavy reliance on fossil fuel imports, the situation presents a barrier to continued socio-economic development. Natural resources offer strong potential for local generation of renewable energy. As the cost of renewable energy technologies declines, the integration of renewable […]

International Microgrid Conference to Present Findings from Just-released IRENA Report, ‘Innovation Outlook: Renewable Mini-grids’


The cost of renewable mini-grids and microgrids will continue to decline by 60% in the next two decades as new technologies improve their capability to cost-effectively integrate more energy from renewable sources. This cost reduction is just one finding in a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The IRENA report, titled Innovations Outlook: Renewable Mini-grids, evaluates technology innovations and mechanisms for successful implementation of renewable microgrids in the next two […]

Shell Foundation, World Bank Join Upcoming Microgrid Conference

microgrid-conferenceColumbia University, New York, site of the upcoming 4th Annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference

Shell Foundation COO Pradeep Pursnani will present a keynote address at the 4th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference to be held at Columbia University, New York City, November 7 and 8. Pursnani joins other distinguished industry leaders participating in the conference, including Audrey Zibelman, Chair of the New York Public Service Commission, Richenda Van Leeuwen, former head of Energy Access for the United Nations Foundation, and Ke Wei, Senior Policy Advisor for Energy, […]

Microgrid News Highlights, October 5, 2016

Microgrid News Highlights October 5, 2016   South Australia Blackout May Lead to More Microgrids Like other major blackouts, such as the week-long shutdown in NSW last year, and the hour-long outage that affected more than 130,000 customers in West Australia last month, the event in South Australia last Wednesday is likely to lead to more households and businesses looking at battery storage as a back-up to the grid, or even to go […]

IRENA Microgrid Reports at IOREC: Off-Grid Renewables Can Achieve 100% Energy Access

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3rd International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference in Nairobi to drive off-grid deployment worldwide More than 500 participants gathered in Nairobi September 30 for the opening of the third International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC). Organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the conference aimed to boost electricity access through the development of off-grid renewables. Today, roughly 15% of the world’s population lives without electricity, but off-grid solutions can provide an estimated 60%t […]

International Consortium to Provide Microgrid Solutions for US, Canada

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Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Opus One announce $12.4 M North American multi-utility microgrid project Opus One Solutions (Opus One), Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), and a consortium of partners announced a $12.4 million USD North American multi-utility microgrid project last week.  Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) will provide $4 million USD in funding to support the project, designed to improve integration of distributed energy resources and commercial microgrids into power systems and regional wholesale markets.  […]

Microgrid News Highlights, September 27, 2016

From University of Dayton Research Institute: Researcher installes power/energy metering system at Air Force Forward Operating Base of the Future.From University of Dayton Research Institute: Researcher installes power/energy metering system at Air Force Forward Operating Base of the Future.

Industry study: Microgrids to Become ‘Fundamental Building Block’ National Electrical Manufacturing Association (NEMA) report concludes that “from 2025 onwards, fully controllable, independent microgrids interconnected with [direct current] links will allow for full decoupling from the alternating current (AC) electric power system. They will also facilitate the segmentation of the distribution system, a new paradigm for electric grid management.” Kenya Signs 361MW Power Deals Under Obama Energy Plan Six power projects will be developed […]

IRENA Report: African Solar Costs & Markets

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A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), “Solar PV in Africa: Costs & Markets,” finds that solar PV is quickly changing the reality on the continent, which currently relies heavily on hydropower. The report states that “Solar PV module prices have fallen by 80% since the end of 2009, and PV increasingly offers an economic solution for new electricity generation and for meeting energy service demands, both on- and off-grid.” […]