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New Options for Academic and Student Licensing of the HOMER Modeling Software

One of the most gratifying things I have seen as I have watched HOMER Energy grow has been the interest of academics in using HOMER – from the classroom, to the thesis, and beyond. Our CEO, Dr. Peter Lilienthal, loves to tell the story of visiting the Minister of Energy of a northern African nation and learning that the Minister had done his master’s thesis using HOMER. As the Chief Operating Officer and […]

Microgrids Rank High for Top Utility Issues 2012

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The Intelligent Utility newsletter lists their take on the: “Top Five Issues of 2012 (so far)”.  Of the five issues listed two of them speak directly to the core of HOMER Energy’s business. Issue # 1: Keeping the lights on while integrating renewables… Issue # 4: Dealing with intrusions into their business domain such as microgrids… We are showing how microgrids are the best way to keep the lights on when integrating high […]

The Island Energy Challenge

Petroleum is the problem Islands face extreme challenges from an energy security perspective. Pipelines supplying inexpensive and plentiful natural gas are not an option for them.  Only very large islands, such as Taiwan, can use coal or nuclear. These factors have left most of them completely dependent on liquid fuels derived from petroleum, mostly diesel.  With only a few weeks of on-island storage, a supply interruption that delays the oil supply barge becomes […]

Microgrids in the News 03/02/2011

  Today’s resources and news stories: Intel the Biggest Buyer of Green Energy in the U.S., Report Says Software helps determine hybrid energy sources Distributed Generation Makes Big Numbers Distributed Generation and Business Model Innovation USA: Solar Thermal SRECs traded in Washington D.C. and North Carolina Africa ripe for alternative energy Bridging the ENERGY gap in Africa! Xcel Energy blasted for burying bill to up small-scale renewable energy projects Tailor renewable energies to […]

Hybrid Renewable Power Systems in the Utility Planning Paradigm

Utility systems have always been hybrid power systems. The traditional hybrid mix was a combination of baseload and peaking plants. The primary utility business model was investing in capital-intensive systems to provide reliable power. On the generation side of their business, baseload generation systems like coal and nuclear had the lowest operating costs and the highest capital costs. Since the traditional regulatory structure allowed them to earn a return on capital but not […]