How to Reduce Energy Costs with Peak Shaving (HOMER Energy at Solar Power International)

For grid-connected commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, the demand charges associated with peaks in consumption during high-use periods can be substantial–up to 70% of the customer’s utility bill–and peak shaving is a great option to reduce these costs. In fact, a just-released National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) survey of U.S. demand charges found that more than 25% of commercial utility customers (or about 5 million customers)  in the U.S. alone would benefit from reducing peak demand consumption.

NREL: Using Stored Energy for Demand Charge Reduction Brings Significant Savings

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clean Energy Group (CEG) released last week a comprehensive public analysis of U.S. demand charges — the tariffs commercial customers pay to use utility-based electricity in times of high demand — and the potential benefits of demand charge reduction to the millions of customers currently paying premium prices during those peak electricity use periods.  Peak demand charges affect not only companies but nonprofits, communities, public buildings, […]

Renewable Energy Tours: NREL, ASC’s LEED Platinum Building, SolarTAC on HIMC2017 ‘Bonus Day’

colorado renewable energy tourEntrance to National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Photo via US DOE

After the speakers, sessions, events, and trainings wrap up at the 5th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017) next month, conference attendees have the option of one more incredible day of learning and fun before heading back home and back to work. The HIMC “Bonus Day,” taking place September 21, 2017, in Denver, Colorado, is a unique opportunity to learn about some of the leading renewable energy organization headquartered here in the “Front […]

Optimizing Distributed Generation from Remote Villages to the Modern Grid — Stojanovic at HIMC2017

optimizing distributed generationABB's Bob Stojanovic to keynote at HIMC2017. Register for next month's conference today!

Kicking off next month’s 5th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017) is a keynote presentation everyone in the microgrid industry should hear. Bob Stojanovic, Director of Microgrids in North America, ABB, shares his unique perspective on “Enabling and Optimizing Distributed Generation, from Remote Villages to the Modern Macrogrid,” to conference attendees at the Embassy Suites, Denver, Colorado.

Upcoming Webinar Answers Your Questions About HOMER Pro Economics

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How does HOMER Pro®’s economic analysis help my organization? Whether you’re a current HOMER Pro user or considering the software, join us for this webinar with HOMER Energy Founder and CEO Peter Lilienthal and get an answer to this question, as well as specifics on questions like: Why does economics play such a central role in HOMER Pro? What would optimization mean without economics? Why should I understand tradeoffs, diminishing returns, and curtailments? […]

Optional 3rd Day of HIMC2017 Provides Intensive HOMER Pro Training

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On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, The HOMER International Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017) offers optional all-day HOMER Pro® training. Participants new to HOMER Pro, or who wish to take their understanding of HOMER Pro to a new level, can participate in a full day of training by HOMER Energy’s training staff. There are two tracks to choose from: Foundations of HOMER Pro will familiarize participants with HOMER Pro’s user interface and the simulation-optimization-sensitivity analysis paradigm to allow […]

HIMC2017 Agenda: On-grid, Off-grid, Islands, Alaska, & More

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The agenda for HIMC2017, which will take place in Denver, Colorado, September 18-20, 2017, promises to be the most robust, exciting, and relevant yet for this 5th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference. This year’s event focuses on “Microgrid Lessons from Global Markets,” including on- and off-grid applications, innovative technologies, economics, and specific case studies of Alaskan and island microgrid projects — all led by the most prominent experts in their fields. Following are […]

Move to Distributed, Renewable Power Inevitable, Even in Areas Served by Utilities

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New distributed energy technologies and business models bring many unprecedented choices in how we create and distribute power. There are three overarching questions, of course: Is this energy model resilient against power outages and grid failure? Is it socially and environmentally responsible? Does it benefit the bottom line?
We are no longer stuck with grid power that doesn’t provide a definitive “Yes!” answer to all three questions. 

Have it Your Way: The HOMER SaaS API

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I launched this “From the Founder” column last month and used it to go back to HOMER’s roots as a mechanism to serve the energy access world. This month, I want to continue the conversation about how to rapidly and efficiently help millions of people understand how distributed power systems work — at the opposite end of the spectrum. Specifically, I’m referring to companies and organizations that are serious about being competitive in […]

Leonics Renews HOMER Energy Component Partnership

Leonics, specializing in stand-alone photovoltaic (PV) distributed generation(DG) hybrid microgrid system equipment and design, has renewed its HOMER Energy Component Partnership, reaffirming the organization’s commitment to the rapidly growing microgrid market.As a HOMER Energy Component As a HOMER Energy Component Partner, Leonics adds its proven components to HOMER Pro for modeling the interactions of various microgrid components. Leonics can also custom design PCEs, hybrid controllers, and load controllers to comply with site-specific requirements. […]