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HOMER’s HIMC2017 Highlights: Presentations, Panels, Training, and Tours

On Monday, September 18, HIMC2017 kicked off in Denver with a welcome from HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lillienthal.

We’re just catching up from HOMER Energy‘s HOMER International Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017), which took place this week near our home base, in Denver, Colorado. Approximately 200 attendees participated in presentations about new technologies and industry developments, panel discussions covering on-grid and off-grid topics and including case studies from the Pacific Islands, Haiti, Alaska, and other locations around the world. We’re planning a series of upcoming blog posts here at Microgrid News & Insight, covering […]

With Less than a Week till HIMC2017, Here’s a Conference Preview!

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I’m just back from the incredible experience of participating in Solar Power International (we’ll write more about that soon) and can hardly believe it’s already time for our own premier gathering of microgrid industry leaders. The 5th Annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017) is less than a week away, and I’m really excited about our agenda and the impact of taking part in such an inspiring and educational experience. I hope you’re reading […]

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 […]

NREL’s ESIF Issues Annual Call for User Access Proposals

call for proposalsESIF. Photo via Smith Group JJR.

HOMER Energy — whose HOMER Pro prototype was developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) — announces the NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF)  annual call for user access proposals. The call for proposals is now open through August 1, 2017, for projects focused on advancing grid modernization, energy systems integration, and renewable generation. The ESIF facility is the DOE’s first user facility conducting integrated megawatt-scale research, development, and demonstration of the components and […]

Can Boulder own its own power? Lots happening in distributed generation today

As the distributed generation field expands, there is more news than this editor can handle in one day! Today’s #1 story relates to our home town of Boulder, Colorado, where the franchise agreement with Xcel Energy is coming to an end. This evergreen “woo woo” town is looking hard at options that would leave Xcel out of the picture. Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation Bill Gates may be somewhat off […]

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Why Isolated Utilities should be the Test Bed for Smart Grids

There is a lot of optimism about the potential for the Smart Grid. That optimism is justified because communication and control technologies have advanced tremendously in the last decade. Also, the carbon reduction goals will require more renewables, more distributed power, and more load management. Each of those innovations will require more intelligence in the way we manage the grid. Unfortunately, adapting the current utility industry to these changes is an enormous challenge. […]

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 […]

Welcome to HOMER Energy

Our mission is to expand the role of clean energy by giving the world a simple, but powerful tool. Clean energy is not a single thing. It is at least five different sources of energy, but it also includes new technologies that aren’t a source of energy, like cogeneration and hydrogen. More importantly, it includes more efficient use of energy which involves a wide variety of new technologies. Lots of people are interested […]