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...]

Connecticut Fuel Cell Microgrid Project Reaches Milestone

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Woodbridge, Connecticut marked a milestone this week for its 2.2 MW fuel cell microgrid project, with an announcement that the fuel cell component is now operating. The fuel cell was provided by Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy. "This project is a great example of how municipalities can align with utilities to enhance their critical … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids Steeply Cut Energy Costs Says New Study

Military microgrids open the door to steep electricity cost cuts at U.S. bases, and even create free energy in some cases, says a new Pew Charitable Trusts report. “Power Begins at Home: Assured Energy for U.S. Military Bases” describes research into the financial benefits of installing more microgrids at bases nationwide. The Department of … [Read more...]

ERock Looks to Expand Reliability Microgrids; Signs $240-$335M Genset Deal

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Positioning for growth, Enchanted Rock (ERock) has signed a deal for $240-$335 million of natural gas generators for its reliability microgrids. The deal comes as the microgrid developer continues to find traction for its reliability microgrid concept in Texas -- and moves to expand elsewhere in North America. Power Solutions … [Read more...]

Penn State Team Tests Hybrid Microgrid for Use Across the State

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Pennsylvania State University is testing a low-carbon hybrid microgrid in an attempt to create a transferable blueprint for additional microgrid sites across the state. The university has received funding to demonstrate a hybrid microgrid on a 600-kW “nano-loop” of an existing microgrid at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia. The Navy Yard is an … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Testing Facility in Colorado to Offer Flexible Plug-And-Play

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A new private microgrid testing facility in Colorado will offer a pay, plug and play alternative to government labs that it hopes will attract innovators worldwide. Managed by MRIGlobal, GridNXT is slated to open in the first quarter of 2017 on 1,900 acres near Denver. The microgrid facility evolved out of what began as SolarTAC, which … [Read more...]

Which Microgrid Controller Works Best Where?

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Which type of microgrid controller can take advantage of the largest amount of renewable energy? Which type of microgrid controller can wring the most money per MWh out of the microgrid? Which best ensures resiliency? Microgrid controllers can be optimized to focus on these and many other goals, but often can't be optimized to meet all these … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Applies to Interconnect Microgrid Testbed for Energy Export

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Duke Energy applied for regulatory approval this week to interconnect its Mount Holly microgrid testbed for energy export. The utility requested permission for a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (No. E-7, SUB 1124). The testbed is used by the 25-member Coalition of the Willing … [Read more...]

Residential Microgrids for the Masses?

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Residential microgrids will be attractive to the masses in the form of standardized battery-plus-solar PV systems, says Suleman Khan, co-founder and managing partner of Swell Energy. In the past, homeowners—and those who sell clean energy to them—were going about it all wrong, often installing oversized solar systems without batteries, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Research: Building a Race Car While Racing in the Grand Prix

At the British Columbia Institute of Technology, researchers hope that their microgrid research will someday create a living lab that allows the entire campus to island from the grid. But here's the problem: conducting the research is like building a race car while participating in the Grand Prix, said Hassan Farhangi, director of the Smart … [Read more...]