Australia’s Largest Renewable Microgrid to Seek Private Partners

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Australia’s Western Power plans to seek expressions of interest in December to build what may be Australia’s largest renewable microgrid. The utility intends to install a $10 million microgrid to bolster a failure-prone line between Western Australia's seaside resort community Kalbarri and Geraldton. Wind-born marine salts pummel the remote … [Read more...]

Update: $30M in Microgrid Funds Now Available in Connecticut Following Vote

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The Connecticut State Bond Commission Tuesday voted to release $30 million in microgrid funds for new projects in the third round of the state’s grant and loan program. The state began accepting applications for the latest round of microgrid funds about a year ago. But the money was not yet available, which the state believes caused an … [Read more...]

Indiana Tackles Microgrid Cybersecurity & Other News from S&C, CleanSpark…

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Duke funds microgrid cybersecurity project Indiana's Battery Innovation Center (BIC) is tackling microgrid cybersecurity in an effort supported by Duke Energy and the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC). Duke Energy contributed $500,000 to the BIC to purchase hardware, security protocols, and other control security … [Read more...]

New York Offers $8.1M to Reduce Energy Storage Soft Costs

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New York is offering $8.1 million for strategies to reduce energy storage soft costs, which can account for more than 25 percent of the price. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) this week seeking contractors to provide technical assistance. The authority sees energy … [Read more...]

New York Offers $10 Million for Grid Modernization

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New York made more money available for grid modernization this week -- $10 million -- to create the bones of a grid that supports community microgrids and other distributed energy resources. The release came as a quick followup to a $3.5 million solicitation issued a week earlier to improve interconnection of distributed energy. The money in … [Read more...]

Feds Consider Microgrid in Upgrade of Washington, D.C. Energy Backbone

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The U.S. government says it will consider installing a microgrid as part of a massive energy upgrade planned for a large block of buildings in Washington, D.C. The General Services Administration issued a request for information (RFI) Friday in the first step to upgrade the 81-year-old district energy network and younger combined heat and power … [Read more...]

Massachusetts to Offer $10-$20M in Energy Storage Grants this Fall

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Massachusetts plans to offer $10-$20 million in energy storage grants this fall, as it positions for a paradigm shift in the economics of electricity. State officials described the upcoming solicitation in a call Friday with the media, with release of a new report, “State of Charge,” which calls for Massachusetts to add 600 MW of energy storage … [Read more...]

Microgridding the U.S. One State at a Time

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Many revolutions in the U.S. electric power industry begin within states, where policymakers drive change to lower electric rates or green energy supply. This is proving true again as the ‘microgridding’ of the U.S. power grid begins. In the last three weeks alone, California, New Jersey and Washington state have issued grants or put forward … [Read more...]

New Jersey to Offer Funds for Community Microgrids

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New Jersey has kicked off a plan to incentivize community microgrids with $1 million in funds for feasibility studies. The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is circulating a draft application to be used in the competition. The board seeks stakeholder input on the application by August 30. New Jersey has mapped 24 communities in 17 … [Read more...]

Alaska Center Seeks New Microgrid Technology…Microgrid Brings Peace & Quiet to Kenya Park…Other Quick News

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Funds available in microgrid technology competition The Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies has launched a competition that offers financial and lab assistance for microgrid technology development. The grand prize winner will receive $275,000 to accelerate commercialization and improve operation and efficiency of a microgrid technology. … [Read more...]