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...]

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...]

Legislative Deal Retains Three Commonwealth Edison Microgrids

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A compromise struck this week retains only three of five Commonwealth Edison microgrids proposed in an energy bill under consideration in Illinois. Word of the change came Tuesday from the Exelon subsidiary as the utility works under pressure to reach agreement on the Energy Future Jobs Bill (Senate Bill 2814). The original bill allowed the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Briefing and Summit Dec. 6-7 in Washington, DC & Other Quick News

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Microgrid briefing and summit coming up in Washington The International District Energy Association (IDEA) and the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) are planning two events in Washington, DC to heighten understanding of microgrids and position the industry for new opportunity. The organizations will hold a Senate Briefing on Capitol Hill on … [Read more...]

Microgrid Survey Finds Siemens to be Best Known Industry Player

Results of a microgrid survey released today by Microgrid Knowledge show Siemens to be the most recognized name in microgrids among 21 companies. The independent survey also found electric reliability to be the biggest reason for installing a microgrid. Financing serves as the biggest hindrance. We conducted the online poll over the spring … [Read more...]

Exelon Pushes World’s First Microgrid Cluster in New Illinois Bill

Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison is once again vying for legislative approval to invest in microgrids, including what it hopes will be the world’s first microgrid cluster. The Exelon subsidiary seeks an okay to invest $250 million for five microgrids, as part of a comprehensive Future Energy Jobs Bill (Senate Bill 2814), introduced … [Read more...]

Why the Utility-Microgrid Relationship May Grow Stronger: Hitachi

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The utility-microgrid relationship looked rocky early on. Like rooftop solar, here was another competitor threatening to rob away customers from utilities already nervous about flattened electricity demand in the U.S. But something’s changing, according to Steve Pullins, vice president of energy solutions at Hitachi Americas. More and … [Read more...]

Avista to Test Economic Model for Utility Microgrids

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Avista plans to demonstrate that investing in utility microgrids is good for all ratepayers. The Washington-based utility and its partners this week outlined plans to test the economic case for utility microgrids with a $7 million project. The microgrid is part of a larger smart cities initiative in Spokane. Heather Rosentrater, Avista vice … [Read more...]

Microgrid-friendly Moves in Three States – Just this Week

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This week saw action in New York, California and Maryland toward a more microgrid-friendly grid via new demonstrations, legislation and policy. In New York, National Grid took a concrete step toward creating a distributed system platform (DSP), one of the most game-changing ideas that has emerged in the electric utility sector in a long … [Read more...]

What Does Constellation’s Deal with ConEd Solutions Mean to its Microgrid Business?

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Exelon subsidiary Constellation, a competitive retail supplier that also has a microgrid business, has entered into an agreement to acquire the retail electricity and natural gas customers of ConEdison Solutions. Both companies have been focused for years on the sale of competitive retail supply and energy services. Constellation more recently … [Read more...]