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    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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
    7. 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
    8. Western Australia Utility Tests Solar Plus Storage, Microgrids to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

      Western Australia Utility Tests Solar Plus Storage, Microgrids to Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

      Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARNEA) has awarded Western Australia’s Horizon Power US$1.44 million toward a distributed solar plus storage microgrid to test how weather affects behind-the-meter solar networks and improve upon microgrids. The ultimate goal is to reduce reliance on fossil fuel power generation while delivering reliable, pollution-free power at lower, more stable cost.

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    9. Microgrids and Energy Storage Get New Boost in Massachusetts

      Microgrids and Energy Storage Get New Boost in Massachusetts

      The Boston City Council and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities last week each separately took action that opens the door toward more microgrids and energy storage in the state. The city council approved a proposal (Docket 0340) on Wednesday to send a home rule petition to the state legislature that would clear the way for the next step in building a microgrid at the Raymond L. Flynn marine park.

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    10. Puerto Rico's Long-Term Power Needs: Steps Once the Power is Restored

      Puerto Rico's Long-Term Power Needs: Steps Once the Power is Restored

      Troy Miller, director of grid solutions at S&C Electric Company, explores how microgrids could potentially help solve Puerto Rico's long-term power needs. 

      Over the last few weeks, the state of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid has been on everyone’s mind in the power industry. Getting Puerto Rico back online has been the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s (PREPA) top priority, and rightfully so. The devastated country’s grid was knocked almost entirely offline.

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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. Grid Resiliency and Critical Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey

      Grid Resiliency and Critical Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey

      While the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the West’s wildfires are fresh in our minds, it’s critical to start focusing on grid resiliency — and how distributed energy can contribute to it. Utilities and state regulators right now focus more on grid reliability than grid resiliency, said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association (ESA). But the two are very different. “Reliability is about normal operations and the grid being able to run with scheduled down times of generation and scheduled operations and maintenance — to be able to count on it when you’ve scheduled it,” she said.

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    14. Natural Gas versus Distributed Energy: Which is Less Expensive?

      Natural Gas versus Distributed Energy: Which is Less Expensive?

      The natural gas versus distributed energy conversation continues with the release of a much-anticipated California study that concludes that a centralized natural gas generation plant is less expensive — at least in the power-strapped area studied. The conclusion came out of a report “Moorpark Sub-Area Local Capacity Alternative Study,” by the California Independent System Operator. 

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    15. Microgrids and Energy Storage: Did the Perry Study Give them a Boost?

      Microgrids and Energy Storage: Did the Perry Study Give them a Boost?

      Microgrids and energy storage improve electric reliability. So it was perplexing to see how little attention they received in a major study on grid reliability issued this week by the U.S. Department of Energy. Businesses, communities and institutions across the country have stepped up installation of microgrids in recent years to ensure power supply when the central grid fails. Since Superstorm Sandy, states have dedicated at least $200 million for microgrid installations. And in 2016, alone, utilities put up at least $1.2 billion to pursue microgrids and related distributed energy.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. ESA
    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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      Mentions: CA U.S. OR
    19. 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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      Mentions: DoE MA VT
    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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