Energy Storage Increases Efficiency, But May Not Cut Carbon: Study

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A team of economists from Wisconsin, Quebec and Norway find that energy storage increases efficiency across the entire electricity sector. But it does not necessarily lead to less fossils fuels and more renewables, as is often thought. The researchers discuss the study below. Research recently published in the European Economic Review shows that … [Read more...]

Research Microgrid in Alabama Neighborhood an IQ Test for Smart Systems

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A new residential neighborhood in Alabama will feature a research microgrid that aims to help Alabama Power better understand the benefits and appeal of smart systems, including microgrids and appliances that can be controlled by phones. Smart Neighborhood, a community of 62 homes, is a partnership among the utility, developer Signature … [Read more...]

Flat Rates & Permitting Issues Undermine Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Market

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Flat utility rates, permitting issues, and ambiguous or nonexistent incentives are undermining the residential solar-plus-storage market, according to a new analysis. The report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and the US Department of Energy also analyzes the prices of solar PV-plus-storage and … [Read more...]

Four Hospital Microgrid Projects Get Nod from New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank

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One hospital microgrid recently closed on funds from the New Jersey Energy Resilience Bank and three others won preliminary approval this week. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority took action on the projects, as part of a post-Superstorm Sandy effort to disburse $200 million from New Jersey’s second Community Development Block … [Read more...]

Sustainable Microgrid Technologies for the Next Generation: University of Missouri

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Sustainable microgrid technologies are helping the University of Missouri achieve its carbon reduction goals. We explain the evolution of the microgrid in this excerpt from Gas Turbine Microgrids: Reliability and Sustainability through Intelligence. The University of Missouri (Mizzou) has been able to reduce its coal consumption by 73 … [Read more...]

Renewables and Microgrids and Nothing Else: Crazy or Maybe?

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Renewables and microgrids are natural companions on the electric grid. Could the day come when we have a grid of all microgrids run on 100 percent renewables? For most advanced economies the idea of no centralized grid and no fossil fuels is at best far in the future. But all audacious goals begin one step at a time. And such is the case for a … [Read more...]

Solar, Storage and Controls All in One Talking “Personal Energy” Unit

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Solar, storage and controls are all wrapped into SolPad “personal energy” units soon to be available from SolPad, a startup company that says its units are modular, easy to install and priced lower than the competition. "The total installed cost for the SolPad Home is up to 50 percent lower than any incumbent, like Tesla's Powerwall,"  said … [Read more...]

How Gas Turbine Microgrids Create Smart Megawatts

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Movement is afoot worldwide to bring new intelligence to conventional or ‘dumb’ generation. Gas turbine microgrids are central to this smartening of power generation. The term dumb generation describes the kind of conventional power plants, wind turbines or solar panels that have been used for decades. They produce megawatts, but do nothing … [Read more...]

Microgrids for the Cannabis Industry: Solving the Energy Hog Problem

Microgrids for the Cannabis Industry

Microgrids for the cannabis industry could solve the industry's energy hog problem -- and help utilities grappling with increases in demand in states where cannabis is legal. That's the word from Timothy Hade, co-founder and CEO of Scale Energy, a new company that looked at numerous industries before opting to focus on the cannabis industry … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Utilities? Washington, D.C. is Asking

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In a newly launched grid modernization initiative, the District of Columbia is wrangling with the question: Are microgrids utilities? The question arises as the district’s Public Service Commission begins exploring how the nation’s capital city can create a more sustainable and reliable electric grid. In a report issued last week (Docket … [Read more...]