Massachusetts Kicks off New Microgrid Effort. Offers Grants for Microgrid Feasibility Studies

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Already a draw for distributed energy projects, Massachusetts added a sweetener last week by making funds available for microgrid feasibility studies. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) issued a 'request for expressions of interest' seeking teams to develop community microgrids. Three to five applicants will each win $75,000 … [Read more...]

More than 60 Speakers to Present at Microgrid 2017. Agenda Now Live

With more than 60 leaders and experts featured, Microgrid 2017 is expected to be one of the most comprehensive, content-rich gatherings yet held for the microgrid industry. A detailed preliminary agenda is now available for the Nov. 6-8 conference, which will be held at the Boston Park Plaza. “Still six months out from the event, we’ve … [Read more...]

Think Really Boldly, British Company Tells Bidders for Technology Park Microgrid

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An unusual real estate company in England is seeking 'bold' partners to develop a technology park microgrid in West Cumbria. Britain's Energy Coast (BEC) plans to install the microgrid at Westlake’s Science & Technology Park in a bid for energy independence and environmental stewardship. The microgrid will serve the park's 14 … [Read more...]

Utilities as Microgrid Owners? Energy Giants Debate in D.C.

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The city of Washington has become the latest flashpoint in the debate over whether having utilities as microgrid owners is okay from a legal and competitive perspective. The debate is occurring before the District of Columbia Public Service Commission, as it considers microgrid policy within its larger grid modernization plan (FC 1130). Two … [Read more...]

LO3 Energy’s Community Microgrid Finds a Good Home in Brooklyn

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If the refrain means anything, location is everything in real estate. It has also become a rallying cry for foodies, particularly of the locavore stripe. And it could be that location is key for a successful community microgrid, as well. Location was certainly a key criteria for LO3 Energy when it came to siting their high profile community … [Read more...]

Newport, Rhode Island’s Microgrid Ambitions: Small City, Small State, Big Plans

Rhode Island's microgrid

There is nothing small about Rhode Island’s microgrid ambitions. The state has hired a consultant to develop a statewide microgrid project. The project wrapped up at year end 2016, and the report on that effort is being compiled and is expected by the end of April. But even before the state began looking at microgrids, the city of Newport … [Read more...]

Syracuse Microgrid Forecasts Positive Return Leveraging Waste-to-Energy

Syracuse microgrid

The Syracuse microgrid, one of 11 NY Prize Stage 2 winners, is forecasting a strong financial return using waste-to-energy generation that eases pressure on local landfills. Led by the Central NY Regional Planning and Development Board (CNYRPDB), the project is the only Stage 2 winner to rely on waste-to-energy conversion as its primary … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Microgrid Goes Live and We Ask, “Has the Industry Crossed the Chasm?”

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Two carefully-watched microgrids took big steps forward April 6. The Schneider Electric microgrid was unveiled in Massachusetts, and Duke Energy won regulatory approval for its unusual Mount Sterling project in North Carolina. The success of these projects brings good news to the young microgrid industry. But it is still not clear whether … [Read more...]

Why Energy Blockchain Intrigues Big Players Like Siemens

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Not so long ago energy blockchain technology had the futuristic feel of flying cars or colonies on Mars. But that has changed in recent months as credible players step in to test the transaction platform. Among them is energy giant Siemens, which formed a partnership in November with a startup, LO3 Energy, to figure out how to make energy … [Read more...]

New Investment Firm to Finance Microgrids with an Initial $30M

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First comes government support for new energy technologies. Then, if the technology proves out, come private investors. So it's significant to note the launch this week of a new private firm to finance microgrids. Crescendo Power has formed to offer an initial $30 million in equity financing for commercial and industrial microgrids and … [Read more...]