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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 […]

Microgrids in the News 04/13/2011

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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 […]