Xcel Energy is proposing to build seven Colorado microgrids as part of a project to boost community resilience and modernize the grid. Still pending is a decision by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission that would allow Xcel to recover the cost of the microgrids from its rate base:
Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, when millions of Americans protested air and water pollution, pesticides and waste. That event prompted important actions that improved air and water quality. Now Earth Day is worldwide, and together we face the challenge of global warming. Renewable energy is progressing rapidly. Can we harness this technology to help mitigate climate change?
Volkswagen subsidiary Electrify America is investing $2 million in portable, off-grid, solar electric vehicle charging stations. The charging stations will be deployed in rural California:
A Southern California Edison study last fall found that simulated vehicle-to-grid charging by only 10 percent of customers could offset the utility’s entire residential peak load. While rapid growth of EV ownership is on track to put unprecedented stress on utility resources, the study suggests that using EVs as a “virtual power plant” can lessen the impact:
In a landmark 2019 report on mini grids, the World Bank highlights technology achievements and successful business models. What future developments will need to occur for distributed energy projects to meet increasing needs for energy access in developing countries? Guest author Sam Miles explores that question for Africa:
Competing land use priorities have pitted farmers and renewable energy developers against each other. As solar deployment grows rapidly, those conflicts could become more common. But, innovations with dual-use solar projects can create wins for both agriculture and clean energy, as well as new revenue streams for financially strapped family farmers. Call it “agrivoltaics:”
Grid modernization programs are moving forward in many states across the country, with Michigan’s the most recent. These programs are designed to increase reliance on clean, renewable energy and improve resilience. They are spurring a new interest in microgrids, as a means of delivering these changes to our energy sector:
At the recent Distributed Energy conference in Denver, CO, keynote speaker Bill Ritter highlighted the actions of state governments, which he says are the leaders in forward-thinking clean energy policy. Transportation should be the next target for reducing carbon emissions, Ritter says, and states should be promoting renewable energy for rural Americans:
Smart controllers ensure reliable, safe, and efficient microgrid power generation and distribution by helping coordinate and optimize system functions with intelligent capabilities. We spoke with Petra Píclová of ComAp, who will be presenting on this topic at the HOMER International Microgrid Conference, October 7-9 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Join us to hear Petra and other professionals share their microgrid experience:
Adam Eberwein, Director of Microgrid Operations for EarthSpark International, explains what the company learned about resilient design of microgrids after Hurricane Matthew destroyed so much of Haiti. Adam will be speaking on Resilient Microgrids at the HOMER International Microgrid Conference in Cambridge October 7th:
The World Bank has issued a new study on the potential of microgrids / mini grids to provide energy access to 500,000 people who still live without electricity. The report says that mini grids can complement extensions of the traditional grid system as well as the deployment of solar home systems in remote areas.
Over three-quarters of the onshore wind and four-fifths of the solar PV capacity that is due to be commissioned next year will produce power at lower prices than the cheapest new coal, oil or natural gas options, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). That makes renewable energy the least-cost climate solution, IRENA says, and prices will continue to fall into the next decade:
Reeling from several years of catastrophic wildfires and the financial losses that are looming in their wake, California utilities have a new strategy for dealing with fire risk: shutting off the electricity. The plan targets populations in high-risk fire zones – which include much of the state – and creates worrisome risk for vulnerable populations. MIcrogrids would improve resilience and soften the blow of power cuts.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says that meeting Paris Agreement goals will require an 85% share of renewable energy in electricity generation by 2050. That requires integration of variable renewable resources. A new guide to energy innovation is intended to help governments meet those goals:
Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) is reporting that the benchmark cost for lithium-ion batteries has fallen 35% since the first half of 2018. This trend continues significant cost declines for batteries which, when combined with renewable resources, are challenging the role of coal and gas.
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has released its “Community Power Scorecard,” an assessment of state policies that encourage clean local energy development. The top ranking states, in order, are Massachusetts, California, New York and Illinois. Not surprisingly, these same states are also moving ahead rapidly with other renewable energy initiatives including storage incentives and policies that facilitate the development of microgrids.
A new Navigant report concludes that blockchain technology will play an important role in the management and improved security of distributed energy. Characterized by decentralization, a growing number of diverse, interconnected resources, and the increasing use of digital technologies, distributed energy needs a framework for improved cyber security at both the network and device level, says Navigant Research.
According to a new IRENA report, innovative solutions are accelerating low-cost renewables in the power sector, providing countries with tools to benefit from the scale-up of renewable energy. […]
Learn about microgrid and distributed energy design and technology, finance and policy initiatives all over the world. Microgrid technology is exploding in popularity as our energy systems make the transformation to clean distributed power. Read about successful hybrid renewable energy and microgrid projects, how they were built, how they operate and who benefits.
California governor Jerry Brown has just signed SB 1339 into law. This new piece of microgrid legislation is intended to facilitate the commercialization of microgrids by streamlining the […]
Navigant Research has recently published “Market Data: Microgrids,” an update to the last comprehensive global market forecast for all regions and market segments since 2016. The report predicts that […]
Last week we reported on important trends that are likely to affect the development of hybrid renewable energy systems in 2018, particularly work that is being done on the modeling, design and implementation of microgrids…This week we bring you the second installment of interesting trends to look for:
Which markets are best suited for battery storage and storage hybrids? Which regulations and incentives support or impede the implementation of standalone storage and battery hybrids? HOMER Energy’s John Glassmire, Steffi Klawiter, and Dhiwaakar Rajasekaran — along with the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) — answer these questions and provide key storage hybrid market insights in a groundbreaking new white paper.
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 […]