Microgrid News Highlights — November 21, 2016 Connecticut approves $30 million for projects to strengthen electric grid Last week, state Bond Commission approved the funding for an expansion of Connecticut’s microgrid program. Joel Gordes, a West Hartford-based energy consultant, said the state needs to sustain its microgrid program in order to assure the security of its residents and businesses. “The denial of service attacks you saw with some websites are something to […]
Public-private partnerships, multi-stakeholder microgrid ownership, public-purpose financing, cooperative ownership, microgrid-as-a-service (MaaS)… It’s fitting that there are multiple monikers for a multi-benefit microgrid financing tool in which ownership is split between several entities. The multi-stakeholder microgrid ownership model challenges the often prohibitive private sector financing models that may disregard the public service microgrids can provide. Owners, partners, and stakeholders may include citizens, small businesses, tech services providers, utility companies, and government entities. This small but growing […]
A lot of news regarding microgrids and distributed energy resources development this past week, including NY’s ConEd partnering with SunPower and Sunverge to install residential solar PV and Li-ion battery storage systems to build to pilot virtual power plants in Brooklyn and Queens.
The latest global microgrid project stats, a hybrid microgrid demo at the Port of Los Angeles and a CHP microgrid for a U.S. Army base in Germany highlight this week’s distributed energy news.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Duke Energy has started testing a first-of-its-kind battery technology at its Rankin Substation in Gaston County, N.C. The hybrid ultracapacitor-battery energy storage system (HESS) will demonstrate multiple service applications: extended operational life, rapid response, real-time solar smoothing and load shifting. “This approach will allow our energy storage systems to do a variety of tasks,” said Thomas Golden, technology development manager for Duke Energy. “With so many solar […]
Greentech Media recently updated progress on the “world’s first modular microgrid.” Okay, not sure that the description of “world’s first” is accurate, but the idea that a major investor-owned utility is exploring ways in which microgrids can connect to and island from the grid is definitely newsworthy. After a year of planning, the actually building of the demonstration and test microgrid took place in only three months. The Mount Holly microgrid project is […]
Netherlands tests automated-energy homes Solar Powered Washing Machine Knows When Sun Shines Smart Grid Works for Utilities, but Not Yet for Consumers U.S. Army Uses Big Battery in Microgrid Test Government must continue with feed-in tariff Solar-produced power is money in the bank SunShot: Lowering the Price of Electricity from the Sun