Distributed Energy Resources

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Virtual Power Plants Could Save Californians $550M per Year by 2035: Brattle Group Report

April 11, 2024
VPPs also have the potential to significantly ease current energy challenges, improve grid reliability and advance the state’s efforts to create a sustainable and reliable energy...

Exploring the Potential of Community Microgrids Through Three Innovative Case Studies

April 8, 2024
Community microgrids represent a burgeoning solution to meet the energy needs of localized areas and regions. These microgrids are clusters of interconnected energy resources,...

Three Pillars Supporting the Microgrid Expansion: Q&A with PowerSecure President Jim Smith

April 9, 2024
Each day brings greater dependency on electric supply, underscoring the economic value of microgrid capacity to the grid as an affordable solution. Key drivers, Smith pointed ...
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New California DER Export Scheduling ‘Small Victory in a Battlefield Littered with DER Carcasses,’ Think Microgrid Exec says

April 8, 2024
California’s new “limited generation profile” order is a small step forward, but fails to unleash all the benefits of DERs and microgrids, industry members say.

With Frequent Outages in Tribal Communities Creating Health Risks, Direct Relief Provides $10 Million for Microgrids

March 25, 2024
If a hurricane takes out power for many months or even years, many people likely will have no access to health care or electricity to power medical devices and refrigerate vaccines...

Utilities Recognize Value of Microgrids: Many Speaking at MGK Conference 24

March 22, 2024
Speakers from the IOUs, municipal and co-op sectors spotlighted at MGK will include Cobb EMC of Georgia, American Municipal Power, Ameren, Duke Energy, Georgia Power, Baltimore...
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Can Increasing Distributed Generation on the Grid Reduce Transmission Needs? It’s Complicated

March 4, 2024
Some might assume that increasing distributed generation on the grid in order to meet clean energy goals can reduce transmission needs. But the need for transmission investments...
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Battle Cry from Intersolar: The Ironclad Argument Reinforcing the Strengths of Microgrids, DERs in the Energy Revolution

Jan. 23, 2024
Thousands gathered to reaffirm a common allegiance to advance the clean power generation cause, and most reveled in the chance to connect environmental, humanitarian and business...