Distributed Energy

From Maria to Microgrids: Why Puerto Rico’s Energy Future Should Be Built on Distributed Energy

Concrete power line poles lie on a highway after Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Rico has a very long and politicized electrical grid history, and politics will play a big role in how the island territory will recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm that hit the island on September 20, 2017. Puerto Rico, barely recovering from Hurricane Irma, was devastated by Maria, a storm so large and so direct that its eye alone literally covered the entire island. The storm destroyed more than three-fourths of the island’s power infrastructure, leaving Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million residents without power. Current estimates are that most of the country won’t be back on-grid for months.

A New HOMER to Help Millions Learn About Microgrids

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HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal discusses how to educate millions about microgrids. The advent of electricity created disruptive change in the world. Now, the world of electric power is about to undergo a massively disruptive change itself. The rapidly declining cost of solar and batteries is ushering in a new era of clean, reliable, local electricity generation, and an end to the era of ever-bigger power plants and large transmission lines. These […]

Distributed Energy Magazine Joins HIMC2017 as This Year’s Key Media Partner

HOMER Energy is pleased to have Distributed Energy Magazine as our lead media partner for this year’s HOMER International Microgrid Conference. Distributed Energy Magazine is focused on the critical needs of the commercial, industrial, and institutional energy management sector, with coverage including the latest trends and technologies in onsite energy efficiency and reliability. As the key media partner for the HOMER International Microgrid Conference, Distributed Energy will feature coverage of the event and exciting […]

5 Most Critical Energy Policies Needed to End Rural Energy Poverty

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Power for All report recommendations include licensing procedures for microgrid operators, distributed renewable energy focus A report released this week by Power for All identifies the five most critical national energy policies required to end rural energy poverty for 1 billion people living in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The report, titled “Decentralized Renewables: From Promise to Progress,” outlines steps governments can take to implement those policies, particularly the integration of distributed renewable […]

Hierarchic Control, Success in Kenya & More Microgrid News September 20, 2016

microgrid-news-september-20-2016An installation of solar energy panels in Kenya. Photo by: Akon Lighting Africa

Microgrid News Roundup September 20, 2016   The next generation: How microgrids are changing the business landscape The major markets for the growing microgrid sector aren’t just those enterprises that want insurance in case of an outage. They also include those that want to “island” or to be solely self-reliant (for example, military installations). Many, like hospitals and college campuses, want emergency power if the utility-provided electricity cuts off. The users of microgrids all share the same […]

Fractal Microgrids, Storage Forecast & More Microgrid News Roundup September 15, 2016

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Microgrid News Roundup September 15, 2016 Camp Pendleton’s Fractal Microgrid Camp Pendleton’s fractal microgrid provides energy security and energy savings capabilities to critical facilities using renewable energy. A fractal microgrid is a “microgrid-of-microgrids” capable of maximizing energy efficiency and “self-healing” when a portion of the power distribution system is interrupted or fails. Europe’s energy storage battery growth, demand, industry trends, forecast to 2021 “Energy Storage Battery for Microgrids Sales” is an in-depth analysis of […]

Utility Microgrids, Milwaukee Project, ViZn in Africa & More Microgrid News Roundup — September 7, 2016

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Microgrid News Roundup September 7, 2016 Why Smart Utilities Are Embracing Distributed Electricity The momentum for renewable energy builds as prices fall and emissions regulations tighten. In order to stay competitive, utility companies, grid operators and the people who regulate them need to do what’s right for people and planet — incorporate renewable energy, storage, and software to modernize the grid. Milwaukee Microgrid Could Boost Energy R&D An energy research project on Milwaukee’s north […]

Microgrid community coming to California, Gargantuan Turbines, and Thin Films

First Micro-Grid, Distributed Energy Resource Community Coming to California As the first private commercial micro-grid project of its kind in California, the project, called 2500 R Street, will enable homeowners to achieve net zero energy efficiency at an unprecedented rate of affordability. At the same time, utilities will gain the ability to dispatch and control their renewable resources discretely or in aggregate; improving utility transmission and distribution, deferring capital asset investment, improving grid […]

Microgrids in the News 03/28/2011

Distributed Energy: A Field in Flux Optimism is in the air as industry experts weigh in on their opinions of the state of the distributed-generation industry. Improvements in technology, a slowly reviving economy, and a greater spirit of partnership between public and private entities are granting distributed-generation projects a second look. A renewed interest on both the state (California, New York, Connecticut) and federal (Department of Energy) levels means tax incentives to build […]

Is Clean Energy the Next Big Thing?

The clean energy industry is being invaded by refugees from the information processing industry. Having watched the explosion of technology and innovation in information and communication technology they admirably want to see that same pace of improvement applied to energy. Although there are important improvements in clean energy happening there are some very important fundamental differences that don’t seem to be adequately appreciated. Information and communication technology has improved by leaps and bounds […]