Rhode Island Leapfrogs toward a Grid of the Future and Microgrids

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A lot of states are talking about building a grid of the future and microgrids. But often it seems more like the grid of the far-off future. Not so, however, in Rhode Island. The state is taking advantage of its small size and second-mover position to act fast and avoid problems bogging down other states. In a recent interview with Microgrid … [Read more...]

New York State to Build 16-MW Microgrid in Albany for Government Center

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New York state government is about to walk the talk. The state that has been encouraging its communities to install microgrids now will build its own microgrid in Albany, the seat of state government. Gov. Andrew Cuomo today launched development of a 16-MW microgrid to power the 98-acre Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State … [Read more...]

Ameren Microgrid Goes Live as First in Utility Cybersecurity

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The Ameren Microgrid, a complex cybersecure microgrid, is now live and operating adjacent to the University of Illinois in Champaign. Developed by Ameren Illinois, the 1.475 MW test project is being described by the utility and a key partner as one of the most technologically advanced utility-scale microgrids in North America. In addition to … [Read more...]

Microgrid Economics: Look Beyond Average Pricing in Volatile Markets

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Today’s low wholesale power prices suggest it’s a bad time to build power plants. But microgrid economics work differently. Turns out microgrids can thrive in the new wholesale market, according to Enchanted Rock (ERock). While large generation plants are suffering, the Texas-based microgrid developer says its finding opportunity because of the … [Read more...]

Will America’s Steel City Build the First Grid of Microgrids? 

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To many, the idea of creating a grid of microgrids is somewhere out in the future. Even a pipe dream. But for Pittsburgh, it’s now. The city is pursuing an aggressive plan to lead on energy, which includes developing a series of connected local energy systems. “The idea of having an energy plant that is 100 miles away producing energy to make … [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...]

An Environmental Case for the Fuel Cell Microgrid: Producing Power with No Combustion

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A fuel cell microgrid produces electricity through a chemical reaction -- not combustion. This gives it an environmental advantage over many conventional generation technologies, as explained in this excerpt from "Fuel Cell Microgrids: The Path to Lower Cost, Higher Reliability Cleaner Energy." A recent study by Argonne National Lab found that … [Read more...]

Tribal Microgrid in Northern California Shows How Communities Can Lead on Climate

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As the federal government retracts from climate goals, a small tribal microgrid in Northern California is showing how to reduce greenhouse gases affordably one community at a time. The Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid is now live and collecting data to share with others, according to project partners who spoke on a press call Thursday. Located … [Read more...]

Why Energy Storage May be Bigger than You Think

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Three decades ago when the Energy Storage Association tried to galvanize support it drew 35 people to the room. Last week, at its annual conference in Denver, there were near 2,000. Sure, they came because battery prices are dropping and energy storage pairs nicely with oh-so-popular solar. But something bigger is afoot here, something the size … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Microgrid Goes Live and We Ask, “Has the Industry Crossed the Chasm?”

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Two carefully-watched microgrids took big steps forward April 6. The Schneider Electric microgrid was unveiled in Massachusetts, and Duke Energy won regulatory approval for its unusual Mount Sterling project in North Carolina. The success of these projects brings good news to the young microgrid industry. But it is still not clear whether … [Read more...]