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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Microgrids

Microgrids


Renewable Energy and Microgrids Offer Colleges a Path to Cutting Carbon: Report

Microgrid Knowledge, Mar. 27, 2017, by Lisa Cohn.
http://microgridknowledge.com/renewable-energy-and-microgrids-report/

"It’s no secret that colleges and universities are some of the biggest microgrid users. But a new report says we should see more renewable energy and microgrids at these institutions. The report, from Environment America Research & Policy Center, 'Renewable Energy 100: The Course to a Carbon-Free Campus,' says that the shift to 100 percent renewable energy can be led by colleges and universities eager to become carbon neutral."

Solar Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among Themselves

New York Times, Mar. 13, 2017, by Diane Cardwell.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/business/energy-environment/brooklyn-solar-grid-energy-trading.html?_r=0

"In a promising experiment in an affluent swath of [Brooklyn], dozens of solar-panel arrays spread across rowhouse rooftops are wired into a growing network. Called the Brooklyn Microgrid, the project is signing up residents and businesses to a virtual trading platform that will allow solar-energy producers to sell excess-electricity credits from their systems to buyers in the group, who may live as close as next door."

Microgrid Momentum: Building Efficient, Resilient Power

C2ES: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Mar. 2017, Doug Vine, et. al.
https://www.c2es.org/docUploads/microgrid-momentum-03-2017.pdf

"When Hurricane Sandy cut off power to millions of homes and businesses in the Northeast, a few areas, mostly parts of universities, kept the lights on using their own power generation systems. This ability to sustain electricity service during widespread natural disasters is one reason for the growing interest in microgrids. But they offer other important benefits as well. By increasing efficiency, integrating renewables, and helping manage energy supply and demand, microgrids can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ave energy. For utilities, microgrids can ensure power reliability in remote areas. Microgrids also appeal to those who want to disconnect from utility bills."

Alcatraz: One of the Largest Microgrids in the United States

U.S. Dept. of Energy, Jan. 26, 2017, by Mike Mueller.
https://energy.gov/eere/articles/welcome-alcatraz-one-largest-microgrids-united-states

"Each year, more than 1.5 million people tour Alcatraz Island to visit its iconic prison. But, most people don’t realize that this 22-acre site, located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, is also home to one of the nation’s largest microgrids. The island is equipped with a solar-diesel hybrid power system that most visitors probably won’t notice."

Benefits of Community Microgrids

ForesterDailyNews, Nov. 14, 2016, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://foresternetwork.com/daily/energy/distributed-generation/benefits-of-community-microgrids/

"A key feature of community microgrids is their capability of operating independently from the utility system in an island mode in the event of a utility failure."

U.S. Governors See Microgrids and Energy Storage as a Path to Energy Assurance

Microgrid Knowledge, Nov. 2, 2016, by Elisa Wood.
http://microgridknowledge.com/microgrids-and-energy-storage/

"Microgrids and energy storage can help U.S. states assure energy supply during disasters, according to two papers recently issued by the National Governors Association (NGA). The papers emerged from an effort NGA undertook last year to identify best energy practices that have emerged from Superstorm Sandy."

What Are Microgrids, and Should Utilities Be Afraid of Them?

Solar Industry, Oct. 2016, by Geoff Sparrow.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/online/issues/SI1610/FEAT_03_What-Are-Microgrids-Of-Them.html

"The emerging technology could serve as an asset for grid modernization and the transition to cleaner power."

Avista to Test Economic Model for Utility Microgrids

MicroGrid Knowledge, Sept. 30, 2016, by Elisa Wood.
http://microgridknowledge.com/utility-microgrids-avista/

"Avista plans to demonstrate that investing in utility microgrids is good for all ratepayers. The Washington-based utility and its partners this week outlined plans to test the economic case for utility microgrids with a $7 million project. The microgrid is part of a larger smart cities initiative in Spokane."

Snohomish PUD Lands $3.5 Million Clean Energy Grant

Stanwood Camano News, Sept. 20, 2016.
http://www.scnews.com/news/article_b7c7181c-7ea9-11e6-9e1e-8b2855a54976.html

"To demonstrate new energy technologies including energy storage, a microgrid system, small-scale renewable energy and an electric "vehicle to grid” system, Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) will receive $3.5 million in matching funds from the Washington Clean Energy Fund."

Nanogrids and Microgrids are Keys to Decentralizing the Energy Infrastructure

Energy Manager Today, Sept. 13, 2016, by Carl Weinschenk.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/nanogrids-and-microgrids-are-keys-to-decentralizing-the-energy-infrastructure-0126982/

"Nanogrids essentially is the microgrid concept — creating islands of power generation that rely on renewables and can either work in concert with or independently of the utility — taken to its logical conclusion. Indeed, a big piece of the value proposition may be that nanogrids are so small that they ease the transition to decentralized power."
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