1. Articles in category: Microgrid & Community

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    1. US DOE Incorporates Microgrids into Plan for 16 Federal Projects

      US DOE Incorporates Microgrids into Plan for 16 Federal Projects

      In another sign that the US government is making energy resilience a priority, the Department of Energy (DOE) is incorporating microgrids as part of a program to spur $440 million in energy improvements for 16 federal projects microgrids. Announced late last week, the effort is meant to bring energy efficiency and resilience to a range of facilities from ports to military bases to building campuses.

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    2. Enel X and Eaton Team Up on Solar and Storage Microgrid in Puerto Rico

      Enel X and Eaton Team Up on Solar and Storage Microgrid in Puerto Rico

      Enel X and power equipment and management company Eaton will partner on a solar-storage microgrid in Puerto Rico, one of the largest yet built on an island struggling to restructure its hurricane-battered power grid. The microgrid, Enel X’s first such project in Puerto Rico, will provide backup power at Eaton's circuit breaker factory in the coastal city of Arecibo. It will center on a 5-megawatt solar array and 1.1 megawatt/2.2 megawatt-hours of battery storage.

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    3. Mississippi Power plans 'smart neighborhood' with Tesla batteries, Solar Roofs

      Mississippi Power plans 'smart neighborhood' with Tesla batteries, Solar Roofs

      Southern Company subsidiary Mississippi Power, a utility that serves over 188,000 customers across 23 southeast Mississippi counties, recently announced a partnership to build what it says is the world’s first smart neighborhood to exclusively feature the Tesla Solar Roof. The Lauderdale County neighborhood will undergo the construction of about 45 homes in its initial phase, with plans to build up to 150 homes. Construction on the smart neighborhood is set to begin in early 2021. The homes will also feature technology like smart home automation; Tesla Powerwall batteries, which store energy to be available on-demand at any time; and energy-efficient equipment and appliances like smart thermostats and refrigerators, according to Mississippi Power spokesperson Jeff Shepard.

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    4. What Does a Joe Biden Presidency Mean for Microgrids?

      What Does a Joe Biden Presidency Mean for Microgrids?

      Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the US Energy Storage Association: “By electing Joe Biden as President of the United States of America, Americans have sent the signal to accelerate the path forward toward a clean energy economy. We expect to see strong support from the new administration focused on decarbonization of the electric and transportation sectors, which will further drive the deployment of energy storage.”

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    5. California Energy Commission funding energy storage, microgrid firms

      California Energy Commission funding energy storage, microgrid firms

      The California Energy Commission (CEC) selected UK-based Invinity Energy Systems for funding as part of an initiative for long-duration, non-lithium energy storage with the use of its vanadium flow batteries (VFBs) technology. CEC also awarded modular microgrid energy solution company, BoxPower, a $1.2 million dollar grant to further develop its software and hardware solution at 15 microgrid sites in California.

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    6. New York’s first community solar-plus-storage plant to lower participants’ electricity rates 10%

      New York’s first community solar-plus-storage plant to lower participants’ electricity rates 10%

      Jason Burwen, VP of policy at the national Energy Storage Association told Energy-Storage.news earlier this year that New York’s energy storage target and policies around it that “tied it to a statutory requirement” were instrumental in driving forward development and progress is reviewed annually by state regulatory apparatus. A few weeks ago utility NYPA inaugurated the first publicly-owned standalone storage system in the state.

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    7. Load Profiles: How different storage systems, microgrid controllers fit specific C&I sites

      Load Profiles: How different storage systems, microgrid controllers fit specific C&I sites

      Several case studies of storage installations supporting a variety of C&I solar+storage sites. Includes information on load profiles, goals of projects, and the specific solution each site chose. An example of a profile is below:

      Site: Church

      Load profile: This church in Bakersfield, Calif., is actually multiple facilities. It has two sanctuaries, a gymnasium, offices and classrooms. While certain small areas are occupied intermittently during the week, the primary activities are one Sunday service and an evening service each week. During these services, load is far higher than the rest of the week. Plus, the evening service starts just before sunset — so solar offsets almost none of the peak demand for the week. The facility had an electricity bill of around $40,000 per year — half on an energy charge, half on demand. The 100-kW solar system was sufficient to address the customer’s entire annual energy usage but did essentially nothing to address demand.

      Goal: Boost the value (and reduce the payback time) of a solar array with Extensible Energy’s DemandEx load flexibility software by reducing demand charges and shifting energy out of expensive time of use (TOU) periods.

      Solution: Software

      • 100-kW PV array
      • 16 controllable ...

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    8. Battery systems for microgrids on three continents on the way from Rolls Royce, Fluence, Duke Energy

      Battery systems for microgrids on three continents on the way from Rolls Royce, Fluence, Duke Energy

      Microgrid projects on three different continents that include multiple megawatts of battery storage alongside renewable energy have been announced in the past few days from well-known industry players. Fluence is building a project in the Azores, Rolls-Royce Power Systems is building a project in the Cook Islands, and Duke Energy and Ameresco are partnering for an Army project at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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    9. California To Fight Wildfires With Microgrids And Batteries

      California To Fight Wildfires With Microgrids And Batteries

      California’s energy regulators just laid the framework for utilities to develop localized microgrids with battery storage — a move that comes in the aftermath of the state’s wildfires that have ravaged local economies and left consumers without power. Just how effective will this order be?

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    10. Energy storage market for microgrids may exceed $40B by 2030, Guidehouse finds

      Energy storage market for microgrids may exceed $40B by 2030, Guidehouse finds

      Nearly 37 GW of new energy storage for microgrids capacity is expected to be installed globally over the next 10 years, generating approximately $40.1 billion in revenue, a report released Tuesday by Guidehouse Insights concludes. "Innovation in business models and financing" in energy storage systems for microgrids "are key drivers propelling the market forward, and the most successful companies are unlocking the potential of these new business and financing models to reduce the risk and upfront costs to customers," Guidehouse Insights said in a statement.

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      Mentions: California Tesla LG
    11. Xcel Energy to Build 7 Community Microgrids with Siemens and Fluence

      Xcel Energy to Build 7 Community Microgrids with Siemens and Fluence

      Xcel Energy is seeking regulatory approval to move forward with seven microgrids, at a cost to the utility of $23.4 million, chosen from a community resilience solicitation that the Colorado utility issued in May. The microgrids will serve the Denver International Airport Automated Guideway Transit System; National Western Center; Denver Rescue Mission’s Lawrence Street Community Center; City of Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities; Town of Nederland Community Center; Summit County Middle School; and Alamosa Family Recreation Center. The petition for approval and cost recovery is before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (Proceeding 19A-0225E).

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    12. Interior Gives VI Energy Office $625000 to Support Energy Resilience at Hurricane Shelters

      Interior Gives VI Energy Office $625000 to Support Energy Resilience at Hurricane Shelters

      The Virgin Islands Energy Office (VIEO) was chosen as a recipient of $625,000 in Fiscal Year 2019 funding under the Energizing Insular Communities (EIC) grant program, funded and administered through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs. The VIEO will utilize the grant to develop a Solar Plus Storage Micro-Grid pilot project that will be integrated at the St. Croix Educational Complex’s emergency hurricane shelter. The micro-grid will enable the emergency shelter to function reliably during extended grid outages and significantly reduce the use of fossil fuel generators that have proven difficult to maintain and costly to fuel.

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      Mentions: U.S. Virgin Islands
    13. Top Federal Energy Official Visits Alabama Power's Smart Neighborhood

      Top Federal Energy Official Visits Alabama Power's Smart Neighborhood

      Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette toured a home at Reynolds Landing in Hoover, where Alabama Power partnered with Signature Homes, Southern Company, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and technology vendors to create the Smart Neighborhood. Reynolds Landing homes feature emerging energy-efficient technologies, materials and appliances. The neighborhood is connected to a nearby community-scale solar energy system with natural gas and battery backup, the first of its kind in the Southeast.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. ORNL
    14. Let's Kill 'Utility-' or 'Grid-Scale' Storage

      Let's Kill 'Utility-' or 'Grid-Scale' Storage

      Ask people how they segment the energy storage industry, and you'll often hear them divide it between customer-sited or behind-the-meter storage and "utility-"or "grid-scale storage." But if you then ask them what they mean by "utility-scale," you can't get a clear answer. Is it 5 MW, 10 MW, more than 20 MW? Do they mean "front-of-meter"? Or connected to the bulk transmission system? No, we're not calling for the end of the large-scale storage industry. We're saying that distributed, smaller-scale storage can provide all the same value to the grid that large-scale storage can and should be explicitly encouraged to compete on playing fields that policymakers have leveled everywhere.

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    15. California’s Shutting Off Power to Prevent Fires. Here Are Some Better Options.

      California’s Shutting Off Power to Prevent Fires. Here Are Some Better Options.

      California’s major utility may shut off power across most of the San Francisco Bay Area this week to prevent fires as dry, windy weather closes in. But surely, the world’s fifth largest economy can figure out a better long-term strategy than periodically leaving hundreds of thousands of people in the dark. Some argue that particularly fire-prone regions on the wildland-urban interface could disconnect from the larger grid and rely on local renewables generation and storage entirely.

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    16. Oregon Utility Partners with Cities to Achieve Resiliency with Microgrids

      Oregon Utility Partners with Cities to Achieve Resiliency with Microgrids

      Beaverton is the second Oregon city that will embrace microgrids for resiliency, working with utility Portland General Electric (PGE), which says it plans additional partnerships with cities. PGE’s microgrid projects are designed in part to provide resiliency if and when an earthquake hits the Oregon coast. The city of Beaverton will own their new emergency operations center, 300 kW of solar PV, and a 1,000 kW diesel standby generator. PGE will own the 250 kW storage system, which it will use, when available, for frequency control

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      Mentions: DoE GE Oregon
    17. Energy Storage Solicitations to be issued by California Energy Commission

      Energy Storage Solicitations to be issued by California Energy Commission

      The California Energy Commission (CEC) Oct. 30 will release two energy storage solicitations totaling $31 million to support the state’s goal under SB 100 of attaining 100% fossil-free electricity by 2045. Proposals for the energy storage projects will be due by the end of the year, and the commission will issue the awards between April and June.

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    18. Microgrid to Serve as Core of Connecticut Mixed-Use Project

      Microgrid to Serve as Core of Connecticut Mixed-Use Project

      The developer of a $110-$120 million mixed use project in Manchester, Connecticut plans to incorporate a microgrid that taps into opportunity zone federal tax breaks. The Manchester Broad Street Parkade microgrid will include around 1 MW of solar PV,  2-3 MW of natural gas-fired combined heat and power, batteries, and a water heating loop. The microgrid will be capable of operating continuously in tandem with the utility grid or autonomously, in island mode, in the event of grid outages.

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    19. North Carolina Approves Duke's First Solar+Storage Residential Microgrid

      North Carolina Approves Duke's First Solar+Storage Residential Microgrid

      North Carolina regulators on Friday approved a solar+storage microgrid project proposed by Duke Energy, designed to help maintain reliable power for a small town called Hot Springs in the western part of the state. The project includes a 2 MW solar array and 4 MW lithium-ion battery, and will be Duke's first utility-scale solar+storage project for residential customers. The microgrid is a small part of Duke's broader plan to roll out more storage on its system.

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    20. 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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    21. Microgrid Maintains Power Supply During Emergency Simulation

      Microgrid Maintains Power Supply During Emergency Simulation

      The Bronzeville Community Microgrid can keep power flowing in an emergency, ComEd recently announced after conducting a test. The “simulated islanding” test checked the resiliency of the microgrid by mimicking events that have the potential to affect power delivery, including weather calamities,  cyber attacks and acts of terrorism. The tests ComEd conducted demonstrated the microgrid’s ability to provide power in island mode while drawing upon distributed energy resources (DER), including battery energy storage and solar photovoltaic PV, to serve customers.

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