Message from the Founder

Beyond serving as an introduction to the 8th Annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference which starts Monday, October 12, this issue of Microgrid News highlights new developments in the field of distributed energy such as the release of FERC Order 2222, current efforts to boost resiliency in California, and new power solutions for islanded communities.

HOMER Training: The Roadmap to Better System Modeling and a Sustainable Future

HOMER Energy by UL’s educational curriculum covers all of the essential skills needed to analyze distributed generation and microgrid projects and get the most out of the software. Senior Engineer, Head of Professional Services, and Lead Trainer Aleph Baumbach and his team tailor sessions to address each audience’s needs and support individual projects with hands-on training. Baumbach’s enthusiasm for developing a better path to sustainability is infectious.

Flow Batteries: Technology Synergies Will Provide Grid Stabilization

Flow batteries are considered excellent choice for large-scale energy storage projects for a number of reasons, but primarily because they can cycle for multiple short periods daily, for about 30 years while maintaining an even performance. The Energy Superhub Oxford will install the UK’s first transmission-connected battery, a lithium-ion/vanadium flow battery, sited at National Grid’s Cowley Substation.

Stakeholders in D.C. are developing policy and process recommendations around Microgrids and DERs

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has consulted on grid modernization program for the District of Columbia, organizing stakeholder input and recommending a regulatory framework for microgrids. Join us at the HOMER International Microgrid Conference, October 7-8 to learn more about this exciting project from SEPA speaker Jared Leader:

Lessons from the Off-grid World: Resilient Distributed Energy Win-Win for Consumers, Utilities

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The future of energy starts with a fundamental transition from a centralized structure dependent on fossil generation to a distributed structure relying mostly on renewable generation. This transition means a large number of small projects instead of a small number of large projects. And you, HOMER users, are the vanguard of this transition.

To ‘fuel’ this future, the grid-connected world can learn a lot of lessons from international (and Alaskan) experience with off-grid and isolated systems, which were the topics of many of the sessions held at HIMC2017. I’m going to talk about 6 such lessons.

Will Crowdfunding Revolutionize Microgrids?

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Traditional fmicrogrid crowdfundingunding methods often make it difficult to raise capital for microgrid projects, especially those created to specifically for populations with limited means. Funding from NGOs or government agencies is difficult to secure. Crowdfunding, on the other hand, raises capital through the collective effort of individual small investors, making microgrid and other critical projects a reality all over the world — in fact, the World Bank predicts crowdfunding in the developing world will exceed US$96 billion per year within the next 10 years.

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

Industry Leaders Address Issues, Technologies at Recent HOMER Microgrid Conference [conference highlights]

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After 3 successful microgrid conferences in Mexico, Spain, and Australia, HOMER Energy hosted its fourth annual international microgrid conference at Columbia University in New York November 7-8. TheHOMER […]

International Consortium to Provide Microgrid Solutions for US, Canada

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Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Opus One announce $12.4 M North American multi-utility microgrid project Opus One Solutions (Opus One), Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), and a consortium of partners announced […]

Main-grid and Microgrid Bankability in Africa: A Comparison

Clusters of gas-fired turbines, big dams, and geothermal projects in Sub-Saharan Africa tend to have very complex financing structures. In addition, they also often involve complex debt/equity structures from local banks. Microgrids, however, are within the reach of much smaller organizations.