Island microgrids — independent from the traditional grid by nature — provide important insights for other off-grid energy projects around the world. Sharing their extensive experience and expertise at the upcoming Homer International Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017) are two island microgrid experts from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Kaitlyn Bunker, Ph.D, and Owen Lewis will lead a session titled “Developing Island Microgrids in the Caribbean,” a topic that resonates deeply with the conference theme: […]
HOMER Case Study: Rocky Mountain Institute Saint Lucia, like other island nations in the Caribbean, experiences high and volatile energy prices and has an economy extremely vulnerable to fluctuations in global oil prices. When combined with heavy reliance on fossil fuel imports, the situation presents a barrier to continued socio-economic development. Natural resources offer strong potential for local generation of renewable energy. As the cost of renewable energy technologies declines, the integration of renewable […]
¨Time of Use¨pricing can unlock potential gains in grid reliability, efficiency and resiliency, as well as lead to development of effective new business models for utilities and greater choice for consumers, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute.