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Choosing the Type of Microgrid that is Right for Your Operation

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary So you’ve decided that your operation needs a microgrid. But what type of microgrid? Answering that question isn’t always easy because microgrids come in many different permutations, often customized to the business, factory, hospital, university,...

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Innovation, ingenuity and new smart energy systems

Steve Hodgson, Decentralized Energy Summary In many parts of the world, electricity systems have already moved some way from centralized systems that simply distributed power one way from large and remote generating stations, through transmission and distribution grids to consumers. But new,...

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FERC Decision and Recognition of Microgrids - Time for an industry voice?

Robert Thornton, IDEA As we all know, on Monday January 8, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a unanimous decision to terminate Docket No RM18-1-000, which addressed the Proposed Rule on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing (Proposed Rule), submitted to the Commission...

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Power Companies Got a Tax Cut. Will Your Bill Reflect It?

Ben Casselman , Jim Tankersley and Brad Plumer , The New York Times A Pepco crew repairing power lines in Washington. The company said it will cut customers’ rates because of its savings from the new tax law. Credit Mandel Ngan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images ...

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FERC Initiates New Proceeding on Grid Resilience, Terminates DOE NOPR Proceeding

Press Release, FERC January 8, 2018 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today terminated the proceeding it initiated (Docket No. RM18-1-000) to consider the Department of Energy’s September 29 proposal on grid reliability and resilience pricing. The Commission places a priority...

FERC Order Terminating Rulemaking Proceeding.pdf

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Puerto Rico Energy Commission Lays Out Rules for a Future Microgrid Landscape

Emma Foehringer Merchant, Greentech Media Clean up and electricity restoration efforts in Puerto Rico are ongoing. Photo Credit: Flickr/The National Guard Summary Thee Puerto Rico Energy Commission unveiled 29-pages of proposed regulations last week for future microgrid installations ...

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How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply. First came Hurricane Harvey in...

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Was 2017 the Year Global Energy Giants Went All-In on the Distributed Energy Revolution?

Jeff St. John, Greentech Media Summary It's been an interesting year for mergers and acquisitions in the distributed energy space, with some unexpected developments. We haven't seen the same massive M&A deals of years past, such as GE’s purchase of Alstom or Honeywell’s acquisition of...

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As energy markets evolve, blockchain powers up

Jeremy Wagstaff, Daily Mail Summary SINGAPORE, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Energy startups have been using blockchain to power electricity sharing in microgrid trials from Texas to Tasmania for a year or so. But now companies are moving beyond trials to commercial projects, leveraging the...

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Impact of DER on the Bulk Energy System Report

Argonne National Laboratory with NERC Summary The high penetration of distributed energy resources (DERs) on modern distribution systems introduces intermittent power generation, stochastic system operating conditions, and bidirectional power flows that impact the system responses to various...

Impact Analysis DER-BES_Co-Sim_FINAL.pdf