MIT Set to Upgrade its Cogeneration Plant for Campus Microgrid

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Editor's Note: Kristin Lund of MIT News reports that construction will begin this month on upgrades to the campus microgrid at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After months of preparation, MIT is planning to break ground this month on an upgrade project that will revitalize its Central Utilities Plant (CUP), a distributed … [Read more...]

Denver’s Peña Station NEXT: This Way to Energy Utopia?

Peña Station NEXT

Denver’s Peña Station NEXT offers an energy planner's dream: 382 acres where engineers can start from scratch in creating a clean energy community. No legacy power plants to accommodate, no wires and poles and substations to navigate — the open landscape near Denver International Airport is a rare find in a nation with near ubiquitous … [Read more...]

Ameresco Peaking Plant Under Construction in the Philadelphia Navy Yard

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Ameresco has begun work on a 6-MW natural gas-fired peaking plant that will anchor one of the largest private microgrids in the United States, which is located at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. The peaking plant will be part of a 35-MW unregulated, stand-alone electric grid designed to serve the evolving 1200-acre mixed-use Navy Yard … [Read more...]

Siemens to Assist Santa Fe Community College with New Microgrid Training Center

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In partnership with Siemens, Santa Fe Community College plans to build a microgrid training center, partially funded through a $351,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). The Building Energy Automation and Microgrid Training Center (BEAMTC) will focus on product development, testing and workforce training. It is … [Read more...]

Schneider’s EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor Selected for Ameren Microgrid

Illinois utility Ameren has selected Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor to manage an advanced microgrid it operates in Champaign, adjacent to the University of Illinois. Schneider’s cloud-based software allows facility managers and microgrid operators to collect data, forecast demand and usage, and automatically optimize the … [Read more...]

Renewables and Energy Storage: What Does the Last Decade of Growth Tell Us about the Next?

renewables and energy storage

The last decade brought the U.S. double-digit growth for renewables and energy storage. Impressive? Yes. But nothing compared to what could lie ahead. That's the message from a new report, Renewables on the Rise: A Decade of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future, released by the Environment New York Research & Policy Center. It’s no … [Read more...]

Microgrid Incentives: What’s Needed to Spur More Microgrids?

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Many energy technologies receive some sort of utility or government incentive -- especially those that are new and promising -- but need an early nudge to win the market's confidence. Microgrid incentives, however, remain scarce in the U.S. They do exist, but come mostly in the form of grants from a handful of states. Or some microgrids capture … [Read more...]

S&C Electric’s IPERC Wins Designation for Military Microgrid Controller

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IPERC, a subsidiary of S&C Electric, has again won a significant Department of Defense (D0D) designation for its cybersecure military microgrid controller, this one at the Fort Carson Army Post in Colorado. Known as the DoD Authorization to Operate (ATO), the designation indicates that IPERC's GridMaster microgrid control system has … [Read more...]

Virtual Power Plants & Transactive Energy: How Will They Change the Energy Business?

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Virtual power plants and transactive energy. You've heard the terms, but what exactly do they mean? And why does a leading microgrid analyst see them changing the way the power industry does business? At the center of the changes are the rise of prosumers, who once purchased energy but now produce it, helping create new opportunities for grid … [Read more...]

Dynapower President Helps Home State on Climate & Other News from Go Electric and Aquion

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Dynapower president to help home state bring energy storage to climate action Vermont wants to link its climate and economic goals, and has tapped Adam Knudsen, president of Vermont-based Dynapower, to show how energy storage can help. Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Knudsen to the state's newly formed Vermont Climate Action … [Read more...]