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Grid Governance: Are Solar Microgrids a Step on the Ladder Towards Grid Access?

December 18, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Microgrids and Electricity Access

In July, Greenpeace installed a solar/battery microgrid in the village of Dharnai in eastern India. The 100-kilowatt system was designed to provide power for the village’s residents, businesses, and schools. A few months later, the government utility extended the national grid and made the solar microgrid obsolete.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Demand Response

September 4, 2014 by Matt Stanberry
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Demand Response Tech

Demand Response is a mechanism that allows utilities to provide customers with information and incentives that encourage customers to reduce energy usage at specific times of the day or year. This gives customers more control over their energy usage and costs.[read more]

The Evolution of 'Just-in-Time' for Utilities

August 26, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

The electric utility sector has been quite successful at managing power on a just-in-time basis. It had to be just-in-time, because since the days of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, there were very few cost-effective ways to store energy, and those options were mostly limited to solutions like pumped hydro.[read more]

Charts: The Evolution of US Microgrid Adoption

March 19, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Microgrid Evolution

Microgrids are the most recent topic du jour in grid modernization, but there is far more talk than action about it. Most of the activity today is happening at universities and military installations, but cities are poised to take a larger role in coming years.[read more]