Bigger is Not Better: Grid Modernization and the Antiquated Concept of ‘Baseload’

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The US electric grid is having its smart phone moment. Will the federal government get in the way? That’s the worry of clean energy groups that are arming themselves with research on grid modernization. The groups are responding to an April 14 memo where U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry questions policy that encourages renewable and … [Read more...]

NY Green Bank Exceeds Financial Goals, Readies for Significant Microgrid Investment

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The NY Green Bank, which is financing microgrids, solar, wind and a range of other green energy projects, has beat its financial goals for the year, according to a report issued late last week. The public/private fund generated $2.7 million in net positive income for 2016/17, with revenue exceeding costs one year ahead of expectations. In … [Read more...]

California to Offer $44.7M Next Month in Quest of the Standardized Microgrid

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California plans to put $44.7 million behind the industry quest for standardized microgrid configurations, a move to drive down costs. The California Energy Commission (CEC) will award the funds by way of a request for proposals (RFP), scheduled for July. Because most microgrids are customized, it has been difficult for the industry to drive … [Read more...]

New York Offers up to $6.3M for New Energy Storage Technologies that Boost Renewables

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering up to $6.3 million to commercialize emerging energy storage technologies that support renewable power in the state. NYSERDA is starting the two-step solicitation (PON 3585) process by seeking concept papers through July 20. The authority wants papers that look at … [Read more...]

Connecticut Town Issues RFP for Two Microgrid Projects

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Mansfield, Connecticut has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking companies to help design and develop two microgrid projects, as it prepares to apply for incentive funds through the state. Located about 30 miles east of Hartford, the town has a population of about 26,000 and is home to the University of Connecticut's main … [Read more...]

Microgrid Solicitations Offering more than $50M Planned by California

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The California Energy Commission plans to issue two microgrid solicitations this summer that together make available more than $50 million for microgrid demonstrations, deployment and modeling. The largest solicitation will offer about $44.7 million for technology demonstration and deployment (S15.1). The commission wants projects that … [Read more...]

Renewable Energy Microgrids Can Tap into $1.5B from New York RFPs

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New York plans to make up to $1.5 billion available for green energy, opening up another funding source for renewable energy microgrids in the state. Announced late last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the pot of money will create the largest renewable energy procurement to date by the state. To show the scale of the endeavor, the Alliance for … [Read more...]

Disruptive Energy Market Triggers Once in a Lifetime Investment Opportunity within PJM

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A disruptive energy market is leading to retirement of big coal-fired plants and paving the way for cleaner natural gas -- a resource often used in microgrids and combined heat and power. Christina Simeone, of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, explains the forces behind the shift within the nation's largest regional transmission organization, … [Read more...]

Microgrid investment Fund, Backed by Facebook and Microsoft, Issues RFQ

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A new California-based microgrid investment fund is seeking projects to finance in India, Indonesia or Tanzania. The Microgrid Investment Accelerator (MIA) issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) this week seeking qualified and experienced renewable energy service companies (RESCOs). MIA hopes to finance microgrid projects that: Are … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Tackles a Big One: Who Pays for Utility Microgrids?

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Pennsylvania is the now the center of a pivotal, national industry debate over who pays for utility microgrids, with the introduction of legislation into the General Assembly that gives utilities a path to recover costs. HB 1412 allows utilities to recover costs within customer rates for microgrids and energy storage projects. Rep. Stephen … [Read more...]