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As 100% renewables mandate nears, Puerto Rico sees new microgrid initiative, resilience focus

Julia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive Summary When considering the future energy mix of Puerto Rico, worsening hurricane seasons and high levels of poverty in the territory are top of mind for energy experts. Distributed generation is critical to boosting energy resilience on the island, participants...


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Combined Heat and Power: A Sleeping Giant May Be Waking

Kennedy Maize, Power Engineering Summary One of the oldest energy efficiency ideas—combined heat and power—is prospering in the U.S. and looks promising elsewhere as the world searches for low-cost energy by increasing efficiency while lowering carbon dioxide emissions. Last November,...


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New York celebrates as Hudson Yards officially opens

Linda O'Flanagan, PenNews Summary Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group gave their Hudson Yards a New York opening last week, with a celebrity showcase in The Shops Thursday night and a star-studded ceremony on Friday. $25 billion and five years after construction began on the largest...


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Microgrid boosters hope Michigan 'energy district' will spur more interest

Andy Balaskovitz, Energy News Network A rendering shows the vision for a smart energy district in Jackson, Michigan. Photo by Consumers Energy Consumers Energy plans to combine solar and storage in a 4-square-block project in Jackson, Michigan. Summary Microgrid advocates hope a...


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Entergy VP: We have to fundamentally 'reshape the grid'

Juan Monge, GreenTechMedia Summary Delivering electricity to 2.9 million customers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas, Entergy is implementing advanced data analytics and internet-of-things technology across all its divisions. We sat down with VP Raiford Smith ahead of our inaugural...


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With storm hardening 'a larger focus,' DC approves PEPCO underground distribution lines

Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive Summary The District of Columbia Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed the D.C. Public Service Commission's (DCPSC) 2017 approval of a proposed $500 million Pepco program to operate a number of the utility's power lines and ancillary services underground. ...


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MRC Submits Reply Comments in Hawaii Microgrid Docket

On March 11, 2019, the MRC submitted a supplemental reply brief to the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Hawaii in the proceeding to investigate establishment of a microgrid services tariff. The MRC submitted an independent reply as well as a Joint Reply Brief with several other...

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Consumers Energy Sets Goals for Smart Energy District in Jackson, Including 40 Percent On-Site Renewable Energy

Consumers Energy, CSR Wire Summary JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 19 /CSRwire/ - Consumers Energy today announced its goals for the Jackson Smart Energy District , an efficient, affordable, clean energy hub in its hometown. The Jackson Smart Energy District aims to achieve 2040 Clean Energy goals...


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Puerto Rico's Utility PREPA Plans to Divide Island Into Renewable Energy Microgrids

James Ellsmoor, Forbes Summary After the catastrophe caused by 2017’s Hurricane Maria, many Puerto Ricans were left without electricity for months. Now, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has put forward a plan to radically reform electricity access on the Caribbean...


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Congressional Democrats push FERC to act on aggregated DERs

Gavin Bade, Utility Dive Summary Congressional Democrats on Monday pressed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue an order clarifying how aggregations of distributed energy resources (DERs) may participate in wholesale power markets, more than two years after the agency first...