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Winter Storm Stella’s Lesson: States Must Take Action on Distributed Energy

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Last week, between March 13 and 15, Winter Storm Stella dumped as much as 58 inches of snow on the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic United States. The storm knocked out power for more than 400,000 people as far south as Virginia and as far north as Nova Scotia. More than 60,000 people lost power in Massachusetts alone. The increasing frequency of severe weather events like Winter Storm Stella exposes the vulnerability of outdated, overloaded […]

Kofi Annan: African Energy Future Progressing to Off-grid Systems

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Africa’s energy deficit continues to stifle economic growth, job creation, agricultural transformation, and improvements in health and education. Meeting Sustainable Development Goal 7, the energy goal, is a pre-condition for achieving many of the other goals. We are no longer in the dark about how to tackle this challenge.

The Nexus Between Poverty & Energy in Mozambique

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Focus on Off-grid Renewable Energy: Mozambique According to the World Bank,  poverty in Mozambique is concentrated in rural areas. The Mozambique government has recently approved the Renewable Energy Strategy, which seeks to boost energy access to rural areas thus fighting the poverty in these communities. The government’s energy-mix plan includes maximizing hydropower while, at the same time, investing in alternative sources of energy. Solar power, in particular, holds much untapped potential, the World Bank reports, adding that the […]

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 […]

Year in Review: A Look Back at HOMER Energy’s 2016 Highlights

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  HOMER Energy Year in Review 2016 As we complete the first month of 2017, HOMER Energy takes a moment to look back to the highlights of an incredible year. Last year started with a bang as HOMER Energy released HOMER Pro 3.5 and its much anticipated HOMER Optimizer™ in February. This feature added an original optimization algorithm that significantly simplifies the design process for identifying least-cost options for a microgrid system. Also […]

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 […]

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 […]

GE Power Pilot Microgrid Projects Take Off (World Bank Brown Bag Lunch)

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The World Bank invited Ricky Buch, Strategic Marketing Leader, General Electric’s Power business, to share his experiences with building microgrids in developing regions.

Buch spoke about the GE Power pilot microgrid projects in India (Bihar and Uttar Pradesh) and upcoming projects in South East Asia and Africa. For these pilots, GE has designed a hybrid system that combines solar and batteries with a diesel genset. This microgrid “CONTAINER” includes an energy management system capable of reducing the energy cost up to 30% versus traditional systems.

Largest Microgrid in Central America Provides Critical Power Backup

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Demand Energy Commissions Solar-Plus-Energy-Storage Microgrid at Manufacturing Facility in Costa Rica: Largest microgrid in Central America provides multiple grid services plus critical power backup, managed by company’s DEN.OSTM software control platform

Microgrid Project Would Return Area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to ‘Natural State’

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Duke Energy plans to install a microgrid at a remote communications tower in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, eliminating wires from portions of the park.