Authorities acknowledge they need months before power returns to some regions. Still, energy experts say the rebuilding effort offers a unique opportunity to outfit the island with the electric grid of the future: a state-of-the-art system built from scratch using renewable energy sources like wind and solar, which would be cheaper to operate and would respond better to the next hurricane. The reimagined grid would rely on the concept of a microgrid, which are localized electric grids that allow communities to keep power even if centralized power plants are not functioning. Click here to read more.
Photo: A woman looks out from her damaged house in San Isidro, Puerto Rico on Sept. 28, 2017.Andres Kudacki for Time Magazine
sonnen to build microgrids in Puerto Rico, PV Magazine The company has already begun shipping energy storage systems to Puerto Rico, and hopes to have the first microgrids up and running in a month’s time.
Photo: A sonnen community in Germany with solar + storage..
By Michael Bloomberg, Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. Published by Time Magazine
Over the past decade, Congress has not passed a single bill that takes direct aim at climate change. Yet at the same time, the U.S. has led the world in reducing carbon-dioxide emissions. That progress has been driven by cities, businesses and citizens, and each group is determined to keep pushing ahead. In fact, if the new Administration withdraws from the Paris Agreement, as the chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors, I will recommend that the 128 U.S. mayors who are part of the group seek to join in its place. Cities would benefit from stronger leadership and support from Washington, but they aren’t waiting on it. To find out where the country is heading, don’t follow the national headlines. Get involved locally. That’s where the action is. Read the entire article here.
On a crowded stretch of one of the Twin Cities’ busiest freeways, a glassy new five-story building announces itself with a large sign saying, “OATI Microgrid.” Inside the building in Bloomington, workers are putting the final touches on the OATI Microgrid Technology Center, which features solar panels, wind turbines, a combined heat and power plant and energy storage. It’s part of a pilot project for Open Access Technology International, a Minneapolis-based company that provides cloud-based software applications for more than 1,600 clients, including independent service operators (ISOs), electric cooperatives, energy traders and utilities. Continue reading.
Photo by Open Access Technology International. A rendering of OATI’s new office building in Bloomington, Minnesota, equipped with a microgrid powered by renewables and CHP turbines.
RE100 is a collaborative, global initiative of companies committed to 100% renewable electricity. Click the RE100 link to read about the actions they are taking and why.
Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles. The Principles publicly launched in July of 2014 with 12 signatories, initially representing 8.4 million megawatt hours of renewable energy demand by 2020. As of September 2016, 62 companies have signed on, representing over 45 million MWh of annual demand by 2020.