Electric transmission and distribution fees have jumped about 50% in the last decade. Microgrids are changing the way electricity is made, delivered, and used.

June 8, 2021 By Ethan Howland, Microgrid Knowledge Microgrids — managed by sophisticated software — are part of a shift toward on-site power production, driven by businesses and organizations that want to control their own energy destiny, according to a group of panelists at the Microgrid 2021 conference. Growth in microgrids comes as customers increasingly look for solutions to various issues, such …

New York’s Public Power Bill Could Be a Model for the Rest of the Country. NY State Build Public Renewables Act sets path for faster, cheaper, better decarbonization.

The New York State Build Public Renewables Act. “We could see, for instance, federal money going to states so that they could set one up themselves so that they can build out public renewable energy in their states, bring down the cost, make it accountable to the people, and bring down energy poverty at the same time.” Dharna Noor 5/13/21, Gizmodo …

When VRE and storage are allowed to provide operating reserves, system-wide operating costs and curtailment levels decrease

June 2021 webinar – New research on the curtailment paradox—the surprising relationship between system flexibility and curtailment in high solar futures.  The Curtailment Paradox in a High Solar Future: NREL Study Uncovers Counterintuitive Relationship Between Flexibility Options and Curtailment in Power Systems with High Solar Penetration, April 28, 2021 Rising penetrations of variable renewable energy (VRE) in power systems are expected …

Congressional Resolution to Take Back the Grid and address fundamental conflict presented by Investor Owned Utilities pursuing shareholder gains. Black, Hispanic, and Native American households spend 43 percent, 20 percent, and 45 percent more of their income on energy bills than non-Hispanic white households.

These Lawmakers Have A Plan For The Public To Take Back The Grid (The New Republic): The resolution aims, according to the 12-page text, to establish “access to electricity as a human right and eradicate the reliance on monopolized, profit-driven utility corporations and providers and the flawed regulatory regime that has failed to regulate these utilities in the public interest.” …

Maine Republicans: Investor Owned Utilities are not meeting the needs of the people, and public ownership will lower rates and advance carbon reduction goals

“The facts are clear: investor-owned utilities are not meeting the needs of the Maine people, and the legislation we’re proposing will not only strengthen our grid, but it will also lower rates, advance Maine’s carbon emission goals,” Rep. Nathan Carlow, R, a member of the legislature’s utilities’ committee, said in a press release. Proposed legislation would create a new, nonprofit utility. …

Major grid failure or “blackout” events in the United States, impacting 50,000 or more people, jumped by more than 60% since 2015. More DER, microgrids, public ownership, and freedom from monopolies needed.

Increasingly extreme weather from climate change is now a year-round phenomenon. This has homebuilders reconsidering how they design and power new homes, and how to take them off the grid. Major grid failure or “blackout” events in the United States, impacting 50,000 or more people, jumped by more than 60% since 2015. International Energy Agency Recommends Moratorium On New Fossil …

New York Bill Moving Through Senate Takes on Monopoly Power

20 MAY 2021 by ILSR A groundbreaking new bill moving through the New York State Senate this week will, if enacted, greatly enhance the ability of the state and private plaintiffs to take on monopoly power and level the playing field for independent businesses in New York. The bill, first introduced by Sen. Michael Gianaris last September, would usher in much needed reforms …

Vermont’s home batteries take on gas power plants

Canary Media, 24 May 2021 Grid futurists anticipate a world where small-scale energy equipment scattered across homes and businesses usurps the fossil-fueled, capital-intensive plants that currently run the grid. To make this happen, all those devices need to operate as reliably as today’s centralized, utility-run infrastructure. That’s not easy, and not guaranteed. But Vermont utility Green Mountain Power just proved …

Out of Date Monopoly Utility Models Still Treat Rooftop Solar As Unexpected: There’s a better way

The result is monopoly utility plans have two shortcomings. First, they underestimate solar adoption. Second, they ignore the financial truth that customer-owned solar can compete with utility-scale solar on price, because customers pay the capital costs and distributed solar provides more value to the grid than centralized solar power plants. When utilities model new power plant acquisition, they price utility-scale …

Batteries double CO2 savings of households with PV systems: PV reduces electricity CO2 emissions by 45% and by up to 85% with batteries

FEBRUARY 26, 2021 PETRA HANNEN from pv magazine Germany Photovoltaic systems for single-family homes reduce electricity-related CO2 emissions of the households by 45%, according to EUPD Research. When a battery is added the CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 85%. RESIDENTIAL PV GERMANY https://www.pv-magazine.com/2021/02/26/batteries-double-co2-savings-of-households-with-pv-systems/ Good for the climate: a photovoltaic system. Even better for the climate: a photovoltaic system linked …