More than Back-up Power: The Genius of the Healthcare Microgrid

healthcare microgrid

This is third article in a series that examines the healthcare microgrid and its value to medical facilities that want to lower cost energy costs and improve electric reliability. During the Northeast blackout of 2003 half of New York City’s 58 hospitals suffered failures in their back-up power generators, according to the U.S. Environmental … [Read more...]

Most Read Microgrid Articles & the Trends They Reveal for 2017

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Energy storage, energy storage, energy storage. Its trends, trials and triumphs are being carefully watched by microgrid insiders. That's one takeaway from our list of most read microgrid articles for the first six months of this year. Four of the 10 most read articles headlined the resource. And the Energy Storage Association’s annual event … [Read more...]

Southern Company Advances National Microgrid Strategy

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Another major utility is on the move advancing a microgrid strategy to build projects beyond its regulated service territory, this one Georgia-based Southern Company. With assets of $109.7 billion, and 32,000 employees in four states, Southern is one of the largest U.S. electric utilities, ranked as number three for market value. It is pursuing … [Read more...]

Bigger is Not Better: Grid Modernization and the Antiquated Concept of ‘Baseload’

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The US electric grid is having its smart phone moment. Will the federal government get in the way? That’s the worry of clean energy groups that are arming themselves with research on grid modernization. The groups are responding to an April 14 memo where U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry questions policy that encourages renewable and … [Read more...]

New! The Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey

Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey

Who’s building microgrids, where and why? Please share your insights by taking the Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey, now live here. It will take just 10 minutes (or less) to answer the questions. And in return we’ll be sure you are among the first to receive the results. Just leave your email (optional) at the end of the survey, and we’ll … [Read more...]

Why Pennsylvania Utilities Want to Build Public Purpose Microgrids: Legislative Hearing

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Two Pennsylvania utilities made a case to state lawmakers this week for public purpose microgrids as concern heightens over the potential for a cyberattack on the electric power grid. Representatives from PECO Energy and Duquesne Light were among about half dozen industry and government experts, some from national energy organizations, who … [Read more...]

Thriving Times for Microgrids and Nanogrids. Thank You Batteries and Distributed Gen

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For a long time microgrids and nanogrids were heralded for their ability to provide power locally when the grid goes down. Now, more and more, they win friends because of their intelligent usefulness. New Deutsche Bank market research explains what's driving this appreciation. Microgrids and nanogrids -- as well as virtual power plants -- are … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Bills Create New Opportunities for Microgrids, Non-Wires Alternatives

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Already a promising microgrid market, Massachusetts could get even better should new bills pass that promote non-wires alternatives, grid modernization, energy storage, and green and local energy. The Alliance for Clean Energy Solutions (ACES), a coalition of environmental and industry groups, discussed the bill and its other legislative … [Read more...]

How Dynapower is Making Microgrids Less Complicated

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No one can accuse Dynapower of being trendy when it comes to microgrids. Well before Sandy – the 2012 superstorm that spurred today’s microgrid market – the Vermont inverter manufacturer was puzzling together technology for microgrids. “Way back in late 90s early 2000s, we were putting power electronics together on microgrids, well north … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Tackles a Big One: Who Pays for Utility Microgrids?

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Pennsylvania is the now the center of a pivotal, national industry debate over who pays for utility microgrids, with the introduction of legislation into the General Assembly that gives utilities a path to recover costs. HB 1412 allows utilities to recover costs within customer rates for microgrids and energy storage projects. Rep. Stephen … [Read more...]