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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


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

Solar Industry, Oct. 2016, by Geoff Sparrow.

"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.

"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."

Nanogrids and Microgrids are Keys to Decentralizing the Energy Infrastructure

Energy Manager Today, Sept. 13, 2016, by Carl Weinschenk.

"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."

Microgrid & Microturbine Power Trends

Business Energy, Jul/Aug. 2016, Lyn Corum.

"There are interesting developments happening with microgrids these days. Utilities are adding them to stabilize their grids, and communities are developing a peer-to-peer consumer energy trading system to buy and sell electricity generated by their solar systems."

Duke Energy & Duke University Team on Microgrid-Ready CHP Project

Microgrid Knowledge, May 25, 2016, Elisa Wood.

"Duke Energy has struck a deal to build a microgrid-ready combined heat and power (CHP) project for Duke University. Pending state regulatory approval, the utility giant will own, build and operate the 21-MW plant under a 35-year agreement with the university."

Solar Microgrid to ‘Green’ North America’s Largest Port

Microgrid Knowledge, May 30, 2016, by Elisa Wood.

"The Port of Los Angeles, North America’s largest port, plans to install a $26. 6 million solar microgrid this year, as it moves toward becoming the first marine terminal to operate solely on renewable energy."

Mapping Out Microgrids

On-Site Energy Management, Mar/Apr 2016, by Tom Bryan.

"Every distributed generation project with islanding capability is unique and usually custom-made. There are, however, off-the-shelf methods of assessing and designing them. On-Site Energy Management's latest print issue lays out the fundamentals."

U.S. Microgrid Market Development

Power Magazine, May 2016, by Gail Reitenbach.

"Microgrids have been around for decades, but today, more potential customers, owners, technologies, and vendors than ever are part of the market. Increased interest in this special grid resource means there’s more competition, which is generally a good thing, but there are also new challenges."

Learning from Islands: Renewable Transitions for Mines, Industrial Facilities, and the Military

Rocky Mountain Institute Outlet, Mar. 11, 2016, by Kaitlyn Butler and Kate Hawley.

"What do mines, industrial facilities, and the military all have in common? They all have a need for reliable electricity in remote locations. It turns out these places and others can learn a lot from islands. Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room’s recent microgrid casebook, Renewable Microgrids: Profiles from Islands and Remote Communities Across the Globe, explores 10 examples of islands and remote communities from around the world that have transitioned from 100 percent oil-based electricity systems to high-penetration renewable microgrids."

New York Encourages Pairing of Community Microgrids and Community Solar

Microgrid Knowledge, Oct. 14, 2015, by Elisa Wood.

"New York officials are encouraging cities and towns that are planning community microgrids to couple them with community solar or ‘shared renewables.’ The NY Prize, a competition offering $40 million in state community microgrid funds, Wednesday issued a notice urging prize competitors to also consider the state’s community solar programs."
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