How the Microgrid Industry Changed in 2016: A Ben & Jerry’s Year

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Consider 2016 a Ben & Jerry’s year for the microgrid industry. Microgrids expanded, not just in number, but in flavor. Plain vanilla microgrids gave way to a range of new kinds: virtual microgrids, blockchain microgrids, even flying microgrids, to name a few. Product differentiation reigned in 2016. But worldwide geographic expansion … [Read more...]

Most Read Microgrid Articles in 2016 & the Companies Featured

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Our in-depth look at microgrid costs topped the list of most read microgrid articles in 2016.  Readers also showed strong interest in stories about large market players and state and federal policy. Companies featured in the top 10 include ABB, Caterpillar, S&C Electric, Siemens, GE, Hitachi and National Grid. Notably, the story, “Hitachi … [Read more...]

Microgrid Opportunity: What Stands in the Way for 2017?

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Microgrid opportunity grew in 2016 and next year looks even better. But government policy isn’t keeping up with grassroots demand, said Randy Grass vice president at POWER Engineers. Grass, who manages the transmission and distribution (T&D) division for the global consulting engineering firm, described the policy roadblocks during a … [Read more...]

A Community Microgrid that Beats Utility Rates: Bridgeport’s Story

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Microgrids aren’t cheap. At least not yet. But it's possible to design a microgrid that beats utility rates, even at this early stage of the industry. That’s what Bridgeport, Connecticut found out as it cleaved a new path over two years developing a complex community microgrid. A new whitepaper describes the trek. Spoiler alert. Some of the … [Read more...]

Boston Calls for Microgrid Development as a Climate Strategy

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A new climate strategy report by the city of Boston calls for microgrid development in several neighborhoods to avert power outages and promote low-carbon energy. A product of the city's year-long climate study, the report gauges the impact of climate change and proposes ways to increase resiliency. “The city should pursue community energy … [Read more...]

REV is in the Air. And the Microgrid Industry is Feeling the Love, Mostly.

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This month marks three years since New York began an industry-staggering move to decentralize the electric grid. For the microgrid industry, the policy -- known as Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) -- unlocked a host of new business possibilities. The scope of those opportunities – and the forces that still hinder them – became apparent this … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Investment Hits Record $660M in U.S. for Q3

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Corporate energy storage investment reached a record high of $659.8 million for the third quarter, as the U.S. moves toward eight-fold installations growth by 2021, according to a report released today by the Energy Storage Association and GTM Research. The latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor Energy puts investment for Q32016 at five times that … [Read more...]

New Jersey Votes to Spur Advanced Microgrids for Town Centers

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New Jersey regulators approved several actions this week to promote advanced microgrids, including piloting ‘town center’ projects and establishing new funding and financing. In doing so, New Jersey joins several other states working to craft a way forward for the young microgrid industry, which faces older regulations that fail to contemplate … [Read more...]

AEP Seeks Okay to Invest $52M in 8-10 Utility Microgrids

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American Electric Power (AEP) unveiled plans this week to invest $52 million to build 8-10 utility microgrids as part of a smart city design for Columbus, Ohio. AEP Ohio filed the microgrid proposal with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as part of an update to the utility’s Electric Security Plan. The proposal makes AEP the latest in a … [Read more...]

Which Microgrid Controller Works Best Where?

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Which type of microgrid controller can take advantage of the largest amount of renewable energy? Which type of microgrid controller can wring the most money per MWh out of the microgrid? Which best ensures resiliency? Microgrid controllers can be optimized to focus on these and many other goals, but often can't be optimized to meet all these … [Read more...]