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From DistribuTECH: How S&C Electric Averted 1.2B Minutes of Power Outages

DistribuTech

We live in an age of technology razzle dazzle. But when it comes to electricity, bottom line success is measured simply. Is the power flowing or not? So it’s apt that one of the first big numbers out of Distributech, a major electric industry trade show, has to do with electric reliability. Chicago-based S&C Electric is reporting from … [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...]

Eversource Proposes $100M for Energy Storage in Massachusetts

energy storage in Massachusetts

New England’s largest utility last week petitioned regulators to pre-approve $100 million for energy storage in Massachusetts and $45 million for electric vehicle infrastructure. Eversource sought the approvals as part of a $400 million grid modernization plan, included within a rate hike petition that the utility filed with the Massachusetts … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Applies to Interconnect Microgrid Testbed for Energy Export

Duke Microgrid Testbed

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...]

Textbook Cry for Microgrid Solution: Storms, No Lights, High Costs in NY Town

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Storms keep coming, power goes out too often, and energy prices are high says Jefferson County, New York.  It is the textbook cry for a microgrid solution. The northern New York community described its problems in a feasibility study filed with the NY Prize, a state-sponsored competition to spur microgrid development. The community is … [Read more...]

With Flexibility, Eastern Grid Can Get More than 30 Percent Renewables Online

With increased flexibility, the eastern grid can get more than 30 percent renewables online, and at times, can boost its renewables penetration to up to 60 percent. That's the word from a new report from the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), "The Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS)." To bring … [Read more...]

Healthcare Microgrid Would Preserve Power for 4 Hospitals in the East Bronx

healthcare microgrid

The idea of the East Bronx Healthcare Microgrid was born out of special pressure on the crucial hospital system. During storms and power outages, the four hospitals must remain open not only to serve existing patients, but also those transferred from evacuated hospitals in Manhattan and other New York City boroughs. Further, the medical … [Read more...]

Sen. Cantwell Seeks Help on Grid Modernization from National Academy of Sciences

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U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell has asked the National Academy of Sciences to assist Congress as it considers federal funding for grid modernization, including microgrids. In a July 15 letter, the Democrat from Washington seeks the academy’s help with legislation now in conference committee that focuses on microgrids, grid storage and distribution … [Read more...]

New York City Seeks Developer for District Energy Microgrid

district energy microgrid

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is seeking proposals for a district energy microgrid for 28 buildings with 6,300 people on 39 acres in Brooklyn. The microgrid will deliver heat, steam and electricity to part of the Red Hook neighborhood, which was pummeled during SuperStorm Sandy and lost eight steam plants. Called the Red Hook … [Read more...]

DC-linked Microgrid Planned…Wind-Powered Microgrids Aim for Net Zero & More

DC-linked microgrid in Ontario Canadian company ARDA Power and Austria-based Gildemeister energy storage GmbH are collaborating on a DC-linked microgrid in Burlington, Ontario. The DC-linked microgrid will include multiple energy sources (among them solar and gas generation), energy storage, and direct current and alternating current … [Read more...]