1. Articles from Elisa Wood

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    1. NEC Energy Completes School Microgrid in Eugene Oregon

      NEC Energy Completes School Microgrid in Eugene Oregon

      NEC Energy Solutions has completed a 500 kW/1000 kWh battery energy storage system installed at a microgrid in the Howard Elementary School in Eugene, Oregon. The project, part of Eugene Water & Electric Board’s plan to improve esiliency by creating community points of water distribution around the city of Eugene for its customers during restoration following a large-scale disaster.

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    2. Miramar Microgrid to Demonstrate Reliable Power from Landfill Gases

      Miramar Microgrid to Demonstrate Reliable Power from Landfill Gases

      The microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar took another big step this week with an expansion that will demonstrate landfill gas as a reliable fuel for an islanded microgrid. This microgrid is considered one of the most sophisticated under development with five distributed energy resources, including solar, energy storage, landfill gas, diesel and natural gas plant, and EV charging. The first phase of the demonstration project paired solar and fossil fuels. Its second phase, announced this week, will demonstrate the interplay between landfill gas and energy storage.

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    3. PREPA IRP Proposes Segmenting Puerto Rico into Minigrids

      PREPA IRP Proposes Segmenting Puerto Rico into Minigrids

      Puerto Rico’s utility is calling for segmenting the island’s electrical grid into eight minigrids, myriad microgrids and installing more energy storage than is now in all 50 US states. The concept is outlined in a draft integrated resource plan that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority plans to finalize and submit to regulators February 12.

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      Mentions: Siemens Puerto Rico
    4. Military Microgrids Sought by US Dept. of Defense RFP

      Military Microgrids Sought by US Dept. of Defense RFP

      The US Department of Defense wants to reduce costs and speed time to install military microgrids, so is seeking demonstration projects via a newly issued request for proposals. Through its Installation Energy Test Bed, the Defense Department intends to fund multiple projects that speed microgrid design, simplify component and system integration, and accommodate expansion of military microgrids. Many already have invested extensively in generation assets, distribution systems, substations, load configurations, storage, metering and other energy infrastructure.

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    5. Message to FERC: Think Beyond Bulk Power to Achieve Grid Resilience

      Message to FERC: Think Beyond Bulk Power to Achieve Grid Resilience

      Several groups are urging FERC to give microgrids and distributed energy resources a place at the table as it searches for ways to improve electric grid resilience on the bulk power system. grid resilienceThe groups offered input recently as part of a proceeding (AD18-7-000) that FERC opened after rejecting U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s push to subsidize coal-fired power plants. FERC determined that the subsidies aren’t necessary for grid resilience but decided to further explore what is.

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    6. Microgrid News from NRG Energy, Cummins, USA Microgrids, Navigant

      Microgrid News from NRG Energy, Cummins, USA Microgrids, Navigant

      Here is one to watch. Energy giant NRG Energy and engine manufacturer Cummins have formed a partnership to offer distributed energy systems for commercial and industrial customers. The partnership brings together NRG’s distributed energy capabilities with Cummins’ generators into a platform designed to save customers as much as 15 percent over their current energy costs, often at no enrollment expense.

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    7. Electric Resilience: Why We Need to Quantify its Value

      Electric Resilience: Why We Need to Quantify its Value

      Power outages are a nuisance to some, an economic burden to others, and even lethal in some cases. Because the pain that outages inflict varies so much, it is hard to place a universal price on electric resilience. So it is crucial that each customer knows what power loss costs them as they weigh their need for a microgrid, according to Michael Bakas, senior vice president of Massachusetts-based Ameresco.

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    8. Microgrids and Energy Storage Helped Arizona Utility Prevail on Hot & Dark Days

      Microgrids and Energy Storage Helped Arizona Utility Prevail on Hot & Dark Days

      It’s been a tough year for North American electric grids — hurricanes, heat, fires, an eclipse. But an Arizona utility is reporting that it did just fine with some help from new microgrids and energy storage. “Driving past a microgrid or energy storage unit, many customers wouldn’t look twice, but those technologies are playing an increasingly important role in delivering efficient energy on the hottest days of the year,” said Jacob Tetlow, vice president of transmission and distribution operations at Arizona Public Service (APS), which serves about 2.7 million people

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    9. California Microgrid Dreaming Getting Real with Two Events in July

      California Microgrid Dreaming Getting Real with Two Events in July

      The California microgrid market is expected to get a boost in July with two key events: release of a solicitation that will offer $44.7 million in microgrid grant money and the next meeting to map out a road forward on state policy. The fourth microgrid roadmap meeting is set for July 26 at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel. Hosted by the California Energy Commission, the session will focus on key actions and next steps for the roadmap, a document the state intends to use to help overcome barriers to microgrid commercialization.

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    10. Energy Storage Industry Hopes for Stroke of Gov. Cuomo's Pen

      Energy Storage Industry Hopes for Stroke of Gov. Cuomo's Pen

      New York looks poised to be another big win for the energy storage industry, pending the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a recently passed bill to create an energy storage target. Cuomo has yet to show his hand, but energy storage advocates are hopeful that the already green-leaning governor will sign SB 5190/AB 6571. The bipartisan legislation requires that the public service commission set a target for energy storage, but gives the commission the flexibility to transform it into a mandate.

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    11. Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives

      Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives

      Already a promising microgrid market, Massachusetts could get even better should new bills pass that promote non-wires alternatives, grid modernization, energy storage, and green and local energy. The Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions (ACES), a coalition of environmental and industry groups, discussed the bill and its other legislative priorities in an interview Monday, as it prepares for energy hearings at the state capitol this week.

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    12. Grid of the Future and Microgrids in Rhode Island: Little State Leapfrogs Leaders

      Grid of the Future and Microgrids in Rhode Island: Little State Leapfrogs Leaders

      A lot of states are talking about building a grid of the future and microgrids. But often it seems more like the grid of the far-off future. Not so, however, in Rhode Island. The state is taking advantage of its small size and second-mover position to act fast and avoid problems bogging down other states.

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    13. White Plains Microgrid Seeks NY Clean Community Funds & Other Quick News

      White Plains Microgrid Seeks NY Clean Community Funds & Other Quick News

      The City of White Plains says it will seek state clean energy community funds to help develop a microgrid with Hitachi. White Plains was recently designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The designation highlights clean energy work already done in White Plains and offers the opportunity to apply for a $250,000 grant for future work.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Virginia
    14. Utility Microgrids Win $7M from Washington State Clean Energy Fund

      Utility Microgrids Win $7M from Washington State Clean Energy Fund

      Two utility microgrids – one under development by Avista and the other by the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) – yesterday received $3.5 million each from the state Clean Energy Fund. The utility microgrids are part of a larger push by the state to develop grid modernization models that can be replicated elsewhere. 

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    15. Energy Storage in Infrastructure Modernization? Yes and Here's Why

      Energy Storage in Infrastructure Modernization? Yes and Here's Why

      Roads and bridges may be what comes to mind for a lot of people when they hear about federal infrastructure improvements. But batteries and other advanced energy storage devices should be on the list too. That’s the word from the Energy Storage Association and 52 private companies and business associations in a letter this week urging Congressional leaders to include energy storage in infrastructure modernization planning.

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      Mentions: U.S. Congress ESA
    16. Resorts that Use Solar Plus Storage: When the Scenery’s Right and the Grid Isn’t

      Resorts that Use Solar Plus Storage: When the Scenery’s Right and the Grid Isn’t

      The Nicaraguan resort Rancho Santana has won accolades from the travel press for being world class; problem is, the local electric grid is not. Located on 2,700 acres, a three-hour drive from the airport on the remote Pacific Coast, the luxury resort is connected to a central grid the offers spotty and expensive power. Nicaragua is a nation that’s been notoriously slow to fully electrify. Only 77 percent of the population has access to electricity, up little from 71 percent in 1990, according to the World Bank.

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      Mentions: India Africa Texas
    17. Commonwealth Edison Makes Move into Community Energy Storage

      Commonwealth Edison Makes Move into Community Energy Storage

      Commonwealth Edison, a leader on community microgrids, is now making a move into the fledgling arena of community energy storage as well. The Exelon subsidiary Thursday announced the first of what are expected to be multiple pilot projects that use batteries to improve electric reliability for communities. ComEd is focusing on areas prone to power outages from harsh weather.

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    18. An Energy Storage Target for Massachusetts: Go Bigger, Bellwether?

      An Energy Storage Target for Massachusetts: Go Bigger, Bellwether?

      With a potential $30 billion market up for grabs, key industry players are urging Massachusetts to think big and move faster as its sets an energy storage target. The bellwether state has floated the idea of setting a goal to develop 600 MW of energy storage by 2025. But some influential companies – specifically Advanced Microgrids Solutions, Green Charge Networks and Stem – are pushing for 750 MW by 2020.

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      Mentions: California DoE Oregon
    19. Energy Storage Business Model Proposed by Con Edison

      Energy Storage Business Model Proposed by Con Edison

      Consolidated Edison wants to test out a new energy storage business model in a project planned with microgrid developer GI Energy at four customer sites. The New York utility proposed the demonstration project in a Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) filing before the state Public Service Commission late last week (Case 14-M-0101). The new model pays customers for hosting batteries through leases. It is designed to spare customers the confusion of navigating complex wholesale markets to make money from a battery. 

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    20. Microgrids and Distributed Energy in Obama's Final Energy Blueprint

      Microgrids and Distributed Energy in Obama's Final Energy Blueprint

      It’s unclear what’s ahead for federal policy on microgrids and distributed energy with the changing of the guard in Washington, D.C. But the Obama administration pushed the resources in its final energy blueprint issued last week. "Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System,” the second installment of the Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review looks at the rapid technology overhaul on the grid and the challenges that result. 

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    21. U.S. Governors See Microgrids and Energy Storage as a Path to Energy Assurance

      U.S. Governors See Microgrids and Energy Storage as a Path to Energy Assurance

      Microgrids and energy storage can help U.S. states assure energy supply during disasters, according to two papers recently issued by the National Governors Association (NGA). The papers emerged from an effort NGA undertook last year to identify best energy practices that have emerged from Superstorm Sandy. A six-state team studied lessons learned from New Jersey after being pummeled by the storm in 2012. The teams, from Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Rhode Island, then went on to create action items to guide their own state efforts.

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