renewable energy

Winter Storm Stella’s Lesson: States Must Take Action on Distributed Energy

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Last week, between March 13 and 15, Winter Storm Stella dumped as much as 58 inches of snow on the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic United States. The storm knocked out power for more than 400,000 people as far south as Virginia and as far north as Nova Scotia. More than 60,000 people lost power in Massachusetts alone. The increasing frequency of severe weather events like Winter Storm Stella exposes the vulnerability of outdated, overloaded […]

Weekly Microgrid News: Bangladesh, Brooklyn, Ontario …& More — March 15, 2017

Weekly Microgrid News: Bangladesh, Brooklyn, Ontario

BBC lists SteamaCo’s electricity grids as top African product to watch in 2017…Bangladesh Emerges as a Hotbed for Solar Microgrids…New Jersey Moves Forward with First Ever Rail Microgrid Project & more microgrid news highlights January 5, 2017

The Nexus Between Poverty & Energy in Mozambique

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Focus on Off-grid Renewable Energy: Mozambique According to the World Bank,  poverty in Mozambique is concentrated in rural areas. The Mozambique government has recently approved the Renewable Energy Strategy, which seeks to boost energy access to rural areas thus fighting the poverty in these communities. The government’s energy-mix plan includes maximizing hydropower while, at the same time, investing in alternative sources of energy. Solar power, in particular, holds much untapped potential, the World Bank reports, adding that the […]

Renewable Energy: California & Wyoming on Opposite Paths …& More Microgrid News — January 26, 2017

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BBC lists SteamaCo’s electricity grids as top African product to watch in 2017…Bangladesh Emerges as a Hotbed for Solar Microgrids…New Jersey Moves Forward with First Ever Rail Microgrid Project & more microgrid news highlights January 5, 2017

Palestinian Microgrid Solutions to Energy Poverty: Off-grid in the Holy Land — Part 1

With a unique set of critical energy challenges, Palestine is an ideal environment for off-grid renewable energy and boasts many initiatives and projects, large and small, which are either in the planning stages or operational. This 2-part article (read Part 2 here) discusses Palestine’s energy poverty and power needs and showcases a number of innovative microgrid solutions. Many players are betting Palestinian microgrids (solar and wind) will ease the country’s energy crisis. Palestinians pay the […]

Microgrid Project Would Return Area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to ‘Natural State’

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Duke Energy plans to install a microgrid at a remote communications tower in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, eliminating wires from portions of the park.

Microgrid News Highlights, October 5, 2016

Microgrid News Highlights October 5, 2016   South Australia Blackout May Lead to More Microgrids Like other major blackouts, such as the week-long shutdown in NSW last year, and the hour-long outage that affected more than 130,000 customers in West Australia last month, the event in South Australia last Wednesday is likely to lead to more households and businesses looking at battery storage as a back-up to the grid, or even to go […]

Microgrid News Highlights, September 27, 2016

From University of Dayton Research Institute: Researcher installes power/energy metering system at Air Force Forward Operating Base of the Future.

Industry study: Microgrids to Become ‘Fundamental Building Block’ National Electrical Manufacturing Association (NEMA) report concludes that “from 2025 onwards, fully controllable, independent microgrids interconnected with [direct current] links will allow for full decoupling from the alternating current (AC) electric power system. They will also facilitate the segmentation of the distribution system, a new paradigm for electric grid management.” Kenya Signs 361MW Power Deals Under Obama Energy Plan Six power projects will be developed […]

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 […]