With its extreme weather conditions and isolated off-grid communities, Alaska is the American microgrid “frontier.” Over 200 remotely powered Alaskan villages are not connected to power grids. They are spread out over geographically varied regions with diverse energy resources, and have the highest energy costs in the US, sometimes up to 10 times the national average. This makes Alaska the perfect place to experiment with the renewable integration of microgrids.
With its extreme weather and remote communities, Alaska has much to teach the world about microgrids. Industry leaders gathered in Denver next week for the 5th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017) can gain valuable insight on Alaska, the “first frontier” of hybrid microgrids. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski will introduce a panel on remote Alaskan microgrids via video link. Senator Murkowski co-authored the widely supported bipartisan Energy and Natural Resources Act in July, […]
HOMER’s Lilienthal, Glassmire at Alaska Wind-Diesel Conference: HOMER Energy’s Peter Lilienthal and John Glassmire are scheduled to deliver training and presentations at the Alaska Wind-Diesel Conference coming up to take place at the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, June 20-21. This 5th annual event, focused on wind power systems for islands and islanded grids, provides an opportunity to learn and share information through expert panel discussions, stakeholder dialogue, and training sessions. The workshop is an Alaska Wind Working Group event.
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
Part 1 of this post addressed the issue of global energy poverty in rural areas: its implications, challenges, and promising developments in African nations and in India. Part 2 addresses off-grid problems in Haiti, potential microgrid solutions in Alaska, and the population-empowering “Minigrid Game.” Haiti struggles with extreme energy poverty Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Seventy-five percent of Haitians lack electricity access and must cook and light their homes with […]
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…