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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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      Mentions: Illinois
    6. Microgrids at Ontario Technology Park to Offer Model for Energy Sharing

      Microgrids at Ontario Technology Park to Offer Model for Energy Sharing

      Many tend to think of a microgrid as an enclosed campus with generation, energy storage and a resource management system, all islandable from the grid. But that thinking is limited. Microgrids also can involve small commercial communities, as planned by Canadian company Stantec, projects that right-size distributed energy resources so that an entire community benefits rather than just the host facility.

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    7. California’s Wildfire Threat Could be an Opportunity for Clean-Energy Microgrids

      California’s Wildfire Threat Could be an Opportunity for Clean-Energy Microgrids

      California’s biggest investor-owned utilities are expected to de-energize power lines more frequently this year to stop them from igniting fires when the weather is dry and windy. It’s one of the fastest and cheapest ways for utilities to keep wildfires from sparking. But there’s an obvious downside: Whole communities can go dark for hours or even days. With those concerns in mind, some energy companies are urging state officials to incentivize microgrids and smaller standalone energy systems, such as rooftop solar paired with batteries, in fire-prone communities. Those technologies, the companies say, could help keep the lights on during preemptive power shutoffs.

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    8. Montecito Fire Protection District Solar Microgrid To Be A National Model

      Montecito Fire Protection District Solar Microgrid To Be A National Model

      A project to build a solar+storage community microgrid within the Montecito, CA, fire district is being developed as a national model for other communities across the country, according to the Clean Coalition and the World Business Academy. The two organizations are boot-strapping the project and have raised some funding for the estimated 1 megawatt microgrid, within the unincorporated community of about 10,000 in Santa Barbara County.

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    9. Aggreko's Karim Wazni Talks Energy Storage & Storage-as-a-Service

      Aggreko's Karim Wazni Talks Energy Storage & Storage-as-a-Service

      In this discussion on energy storage, including microgrids and storage as a service, Karim Wazni shares his insight on the storage market and the integration of renewables, such as wind and solar energy. Karim is the Managing Director of the Microgrids and Storage Solutions unit for Aggreko, a global provider of power-generation equipment and services.

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    10. Community Microgrids with Energy Storage: Cost Effective and Clean

      Community Microgrids with Energy Storage: Cost Effective and Clean

      Ameresco energy storage VP Jacqueline DeRosa highlights how the dropping price of energy storage has positioned communities to take advantage of new microgrid models. Community microgrids with energy storage serve to enhance grid reliability, security, and efficiency as the growth of distributed resources forces utilities and grid operators to transition from standard operations to more decentralized power systems.

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    11. 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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    12. Schneider Electric Expands Marine Base Resilience Project

      Schneider Electric Expands Marine Base Resilience Project

      Schneider Electric announced the expansion of its microgrid project at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California to boost resilience. A California Energy Commission Electric Program Investment Charge grant will enable the $3.9 million project that will add energy storage to the microgrid and integrate demand side management. Upon completion, it will incorporate a total of five distributed energy resources, including renewable generation and energy storage, in order to maintain all critical facilities during grid outages and facilitate higher renewable penetration from landfill gas generators.

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    13. 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
    14. 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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    15. S&T Powers High-Tech, Living Laboratory with New Microgrids to Study Advanced Lead Battery Technologies

      S&T Powers High-Tech, Living Laboratory with New Microgrids to Study Advanced Lead Battery Technologies

      Missouri University of Science and Technology has installed two new advanced lead battery microgrid systems at the campus’s EcoVillage, a living laboratory of solar homes S&T students designed and built to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. Missouri S&T’s Microgrid Industrial Consortium is using the EcoVillage to test advanced lead battery energy storage in stationary grid-tied applications for potential use as a renewable energy source for communities of the future.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Missouri
    16. Alabama Power's Smart Neighborhood

      Alabama Power's Smart Neighborhood

      Southern Company and its Alabama Power and Georgia Power subsidiaries are conducting Smart Neighborhood projects to proactively simulate what the future could hold for them and their customers. In a future potentially filled with distributed energy resources and microgrids, initiatives like this will enable Southern Company to adapt and continue providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy to its customers and communities.

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      Mentions: California DoE U.S.
    17. Indoor Farm Will Tap Solar Microgrid to Keep Plants Growing Year Round

      Indoor Farm Will Tap Solar Microgrid to Keep Plants Growing Year Round

      A solar-powered microgrid will soon help an urban agriculture startup grow vegetable greens inside a converted New Jersey warehouse. Bowery Farming’s Kearny, New Jersey, facility will grow lettuce, kale and up to 100 varieties of plants, all indoors in a carefully controlled climate backed up by batteries, solar panels, on-site gas generators and technology that allows it to operate independently from the electric grid in the event of an outage or other disruptions.

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    18. Sharing Systems Could Help Building Owners Get More from Microgrids

      Sharing Systems Could Help Building Owners Get More from Microgrids

      Shared microgrids can help building owners lower costs and boost resilience, but big questions need to be sorted out first on how the systems operate. While still a fledgling market, shared microgrids — sometimes called multi-user microgrids — are gaining increased attention from researchers and industry players. As with single-user microgrids, the systems combine some type of energy storage and generation with technology that allows them to separate from the larger grid in the event of a power outage or other disruption. In Chicago, a cluster of museums is exploring the case for combining energy systems, but thorny questions remain. 

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Ontario
    19. Innovative Microgrid Will Power Finnish Distribution Center - Power magazine

      Innovative Microgrid Will Power Finnish Distribution Center - Power magazine

      A distribution center in Finland is installing what is being called the country’s largest industrial microgrid, a system that will use 100% renewable energy coupled with energy storage. The system is being built by Schneider Electric in Järvenpää and is expected to come online in 2019. It will be used by Lidl, a grocery store chain based in Germany. The microgrid is designed to cut the center’s energy costs in half and also serves the region’s electric grid via its battery storage system. The system also heats the facility—it recovers heat from the distribution center’s refrigeration equipment—and supplies hot water to about 500 nearby homes. 

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    20. Federation of Microgrids Planned in Australia by Sempra's PXiSe

      Federation of Microgrids Planned in Australia by Sempra's PXiSe

      Sempra subsidiary PXiSE Energy Solutions plans to create a federation of microgrids to boost renewable energy in remote Australian towns under a new agreement with utility Horizon Power. With its distributed energy resource management (DERM) system the company says it can get past curtailment and power quality issues to boost the percentage of renewables to 50 percent and above. The company’s DERM system networks various distributed energy resources together, with the ability to adjust to grid challenges very quickly.

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    21. Ultracapacitors On UC San Diego's Microgrid — Smoothing the Sun

      Ultracapacitors On UC San Diego's Microgrid — Smoothing the Sun

      Maxwell Technologies has installed the first ultracapacitor energy storage system on UC San Diego’s microgrid. The system, an inconspicuous 20-foot container filled with ultracapacitor modules, supports the solar panels that capture and feed energy to the adjacent La Jolla Playhouse Theater. The goal of the Maxwell ultracapacitor bank installation was to see if ultracapacitors can provide a more cost-effective energy storage system for microgrids—and better response time—than batteries.

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