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    1. 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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      Mentions: Ameresco
    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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      Mentions: CA Congress Schneider
    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. Energy Storage System Integrators Playing a Bigger Role on Green Grid

      Energy Storage System Integrators Playing a Bigger Role on Green Grid

      Energy storage system integrators play an increasingly important — and shifting — role as more renewable energy is added to the grid, according to a new Navigant Research report. Integrators design, build and operate large, grid-scale energy storage systems. Think Fluence and Tesla. The utility-scale energy storage market has grown increasingly competitive since 2016. And as the market matures and expands, the integrators play a larger role in ensuring project success and profitability.

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      Mentions: CA Australia Japan
    6. 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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      Mentions: CA Australia HI
    7. 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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      Mentions: U.S. Maxwell
    8. With San Diego Airport Microgrid, No More Blackouts and $6.4M/year Saved

      With San Diego Airport Microgrid, No More Blackouts and $6.4M/year Saved

      Before the San Diego International Airport microgrid was built, the airport experienced four to five blackouts a year, each which lasted two to eight hours, according to Darr Hashempour, CEO of DH Green Energy, the consulting firm that designed and built the microgrid. The blackouts — which occurred during San Diego Gas and Electric’s (SDG&E) outages — embarrassed airport executives, upset airport customers, and spurred losses for airlines, he said.

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    9. Largest Renewable Energy Microgrid in Australia Offers Businesses Lower Cost Energy

      Largest Renewable Energy Microgrid in Australia Offers Businesses Lower Cost Energy

      Victoria’s coal power hub, the Latrobe Valley, is set to host Australia’s “largest” renewable energy microgrid, after a $15 million solar and battery storage project proposed by a consortium of local companies was announced as the winner of a $3 million state government grant.

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    10. Duke Energy Plans New Microgrid and $500M Energy Storage Investment

      Duke Energy Plans New Microgrid and $500M Energy Storage Investment

      Duke Energy has proposed a microgrid to serve the western North Carolina town of Hot Springs as part of a larger plan that includes a $500 million investment in energy storage over 15 years. The solar-storage microgrid will bolster electric reliability for the mountainous town served only by a 10-mile, 22.86-kV feeder line, said Zachary Kuznar, Duke Energy’s director, CHP, microgrid and energy storage development.

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    11. E.ON and Vertiv Partner to Offer Virtual Power Plant Services for Critical Infrastructure

      E.ON and Vertiv Partner to Offer Virtual Power Plant Services for Critical Infrastructure

      International energy giant E.ON and U.S.-based Vertiv (previously Emerson Network Power) have joined forces to deliver virtual power plant services in Germany, with an eye toward other markets worldwide. Partnering with Vertiv gives E.ON — a European-based company with $67.9 billion in assets — the opportunity to offer uninterruptible power supply (UPS) battery-based solutions to market segments with mission critical energy needs, such as data centers and telecommunications. Vertiv, which builds critical infrastructure, gains access to E.ON’s customer base.

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      Mentions: U.S. TX Germany
    12. Microgrids Benefit from New Jersey's Push for More Renewables and Energy Storage

      Microgrids Benefit from New Jersey's Push for More Renewables and Energy Storage

      New Jersey’s town center microgrids are poised to enter their next stage, enhanced by a series of state strategies to catalyze distributed energy. Selected for funding last year, the 13 town center microgrid proposals are now in the final stages of producing feasibility studies. 

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      Mentions: Connecticut NJ NY
    13. Energy Reliability: Achieving Resiliency through Microgrids

      Energy Reliability: Achieving Resiliency through Microgrids

      Energy reliability and resiliency is top of mind for many companies as cybersecurity becomes more of an issue for utilities, and climate change brings with it an increased threat of natural disaster. These challenges and more are paving the way for substantial progress in decentralized energy resources.

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      Mentions: Schneider
    14. California Opens Door to Residential Microgrids for All New Homes with Efficiency Code

      California Opens Door to Residential Microgrids for All New Homes with Efficiency Code

      California has opened the door for residential microgrids in all new homes with the recent release of 2019 building standards aimed at improving energy efficiency. residential microgrids Issued by the California Energy Commission, the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards require solar photovoltaics for all new homes. They also provide new home builders with incentive to include energy storage and to focus on demand response opportunities — all common elements of residential microgrids.

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      Mentions: CA ESA CA Energy Comm
    15. 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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      Mentions: CA Australia U.S.
    16. The Spectrum of Resiliency – What Role Does Energy Storage Play in a Microgrid?

      The Spectrum of Resiliency – What Role Does Energy Storage Play in a Microgrid?

      Microgrids and energy storage are highly promising and frequently discussed topics in the energy community. Growing cybersecurity threats and frequent natural disasters that pose risk to the electric system have made microgrid solutions a desirable infrastructure improvement for customers and utilities.

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      Mentions: CA ME
    17. Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Bring Relief to Puerto Rico — And Hint of the Future

      Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Bring Relief to Puerto Rico — And Hint of the Future

      At the tail end of installing 15 solar plus storage microgrids across Puerto Rico — all of the work charitable — Sonnen and Pura Energia are providing humanitarian relief and a hint of the energy model the island could become.The latest installation, for a school in the mountain town of Orocovis, comes as over 14 percent of Puerto Ricans remain without power following last Fall’s Hurricane Maria. 

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      Mentions: U.S. Germany Spain
    18. Microgrids with Energy Storage Sought by US Military

      Microgrids with Energy Storage Sought by US Military

      The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued a solicitation Tuesday seeking pre-proposals for multiple projects at military installations that will assess large-scale energy storage within microgrids. Applications are due March 8 by 2 p.m. ET. In describing its reason for pursuing microgrid technology, the defense department noted that major power outages are growing in number and severity in the United States. In addition, military bases are experiencing outages more often, and those outages last longer.

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    19. Resilience Gets FERC-Level Attention. Good News for Microgrids.

      Resilience Gets FERC-Level Attention. Good News for Microgrids.

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled Monday that it will make energy resilience “a priority” — but not in the way U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry had requested. The commission rejected the energy secretary’s assertion that retirement of coal and nuclear plants threatens electric resilience. Instead FERC plans to look at broader challenges that may influence the reliable flow of energy in competitive wholesale markets, among them severe weather, physical and cyber attacks, accidents and fuel supply disruptions

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    20. 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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    21. Energy Storage Gets Boost from New York Governor

      Energy Storage Gets Boost from New York Governor

      New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave energy storage a triple boost yesterday with the release of a series of new climate change initiatives. First, Cuomo called for 1,500 MW of energy storage in New York by 2025, a goal he sees the state reaching through regulatory changes and utility solicitations. Second, he proposed that the NY Green Bank commit $200 million to drive down energy storage costs and deploy it where most needed on the grid. In addition, Cuomo directed the New York State Energy & Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) to apply at least $60 million to pilots and activities that will reduce barriers to energy storage, such as delay and obstructions caused in permitting, customer acquisition, interconnection, and financing.

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      Mentions: NY NYSERDA
    22. Microgrid Knowledge Stories that Made the 2017 Most Read List

      Microgrid Knowledge Stories that Made the 2017 Most Read List

      As we compiled this year’s list of most-read Microgrid Knowledge stories, we were intrigued to see what captured — and kept capturing — our readers’ attention. Storms, wildfires, innovations, blockchain, energy storage, solar and the city of Pittsburgh were among the winning topics. Companies in the top 10 articles include ABB, Consolidated Edison, Demand Energy, Duquesne Light, Enchanted Rock, Enel, ESS, GI Energy, Hitachi, LO3 Energy, Navigant Consulting, Northern Reliability, NRG Energy, PECO, S&C Electric, Siemens, Schneider Electric, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Stone Edge Farm, TECO, Tesla and SimpliPhi Power.

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      Mentions: Siemens Schneider ABB
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