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California tests off-grid solutions to combat power outages

When a wildfire tore through Briceburg nearly two years ago, the tiny community on the edge of Yosemite National Park lost the only power line connecting it to the electrical grid.

Southwest utilities bet on solar, storage for resilience against wildfires

As drought and wildfire risks intensify across the Southwest, utilities are turning to solar, storage and microgrids to bolster electric grid resiliency.

Correcting 5 myths about hydropower

What is keeping the U.S. from fully embracing a new generation of hydropower? Explained below are 5 major myths about hydropower.

Canada invests in smart grid modernization and renewables

Canada’s Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways (SREPs) program is to award Canadian dollars $960 million (US $795 million) over next four years. The program launched by Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan Jr is to supports building Canada’s low emissions energy future and a renewable, electrified economy through projects that focus on cleaner energy technologies […]

PG&E commissions remote grid in Mariposa County

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) on June 7 marked the commissioning of its first hybrid renewable standalone power system, built and installed by BoxPower Inc. The remote grid, which permanently replaces the overhead distribution powerlines that once served a handful of customers in the Briceburg community, a High Fire-Threat District (HFTD) area of the […]

Blackstone’s ClearGen providing $500M for GreenStruxure renewable microgrid development in U.S.

A joint venture across the energy and private equity investment fronts is partnering to bring scale to renewable resource microgrids for commercial and industrial customers across the United States. GreenStruxure is partnering with ClearGen to develop and operate as many as 120 microgrids nationwide. GreenStruxure is a joint venture with Schneider Electric and Huck Capital. […]

A new microgrid for the Bad River Tribe will offer energy resilience

Last week, EnTech Solutions and its affiliate Faith Technologies said that they have partnered with the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians to implement a solar-powered microgrid. The project, named the Ishkonige Nawadide Solar Project, is part of a long-term energy strategic plan for the tribe. EnTech and Faith will […]

PNNL announces ‘deceptively simple’ innovation to make battery storage projects safer

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a deceptively simple sensor system that the lab developed can prevent dangerous conditions from developing in outdoor battery cabinets. Supported by DOE’s Office of Electricity, the invention, called IntelliVent, is designed to be installed in cabinet-style battery enclosures, […]

Maryland county’s Smart Energy Bus Depot is a model of sustainable fleet charging

This week Energy as a Service (EaaS) provider AlphaStruxure, which is a joint venture between Schneider Electric and the Carlyle Global Infrastructure Opportunity Fund, said it will deploy an integrated microgrid and electric bus charging infrastructure project for Montgomery County, Maryland. The project will enable at least 44 buses in Ride On Montgomery County’s transit […]

Grid operators cannot afford to hesitate on DERMS

As a new generation of distributed energy resources (DERs) enter the North American grid and new global DER capacity additions are expected to pass new centralized generation capacity additions annually in 2021, utilities and grid operators cannot afford to wait to integrate distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) into their existing infrastructure.