REV is in the Air. And the Microgrid Industry is Feeling the Love, Mostly.

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This month marks three years since New York began an industry-staggering move to decentralize the electric grid. For the microgrid industry, the policy -- known as Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) -- unlocked a host of new business possibilities. The scope of those opportunities – and the forces that still hinder them – became apparent this … [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...]

Microgrid Resources Coalition Urges Regulators to Value Energy Service, Not Source

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The Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) is urging regulators to focus on energy services, not sources, as they set tariffs and pricing for an increasingly distributed U.S. grid. The advocacy organization is taking this message to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), as well as various states where fast-growing … [Read more...]

Microgrid Moves: Kotch Exits NY Prize; IDEA Enters Microgrids

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Micah Kotch received more than one ovation for a job well done at the Microgrid Knowledge conference last week, after announcing that he will be stepping down as director of NY Prize. Kotch has been the pivotal figure in the emerging microgrid market, shepherding the ambitious $40 million NY Prize through its first stage. The competition has … [Read more...]

On Eve of Microgrid Knowledge Conference, Microgrids Gain New Advocacy Clout with Merger

The International District Energy Association (IDEA) and the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) today announced a merger agreement that is expected to help microgrids gain new advocacy clout as the industry positions for growth. The two organizations announced their plans on the eve of a gathering in New York City of microgrid industry leaders, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Group on REV: Don’t Replace One Utility Monopoly with Another

New York appears to be moving in the direction of making electric utilities into something like an Internet marketplace for energy -- and this may not be a wise move. That’s the word from the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) in written comments filed this week on Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a much-watched strategy to decentralize New … [Read more...]

How We Got Here and Why We Need CHP Microgrids

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Princeton University’s Ted Borer offers historical perspective on lighting -- going back to before Thomas Edison -- and explains why CHP microgrids offer so much value to today's electric grid. Electricity is a high grade form of energy. It is clean to use, high energy-density, quiet, and has a vast array of applications. There is a … [Read more...]

Advocacy Group Proposes New Market Player: The Microgrid Organizer

The Microgrid Resources Coalition has proposed a new microgrid participant -- the microgrid organizer -- which it hopes will eliminate complexities and confusion in regulating multi-customer microgrids. The advocacy organization described the new entity in recent comments filed with the New York Public Service Commission as it reviews policies … [Read more...]

Microgrids Add Reliability to the Macro-grid

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In three easy-to-understand charts, Princeton University's Ted Borer explains how microgrids add reliability and efficiency to the larger electric grid. Microgrids reflect the local community priorities Microgrid operators often choose not to own enough behind-the-meter power generation to meet peak electric demands. Most don’t find it … [Read more...]

Microgrid Policy, Benefits to be Explored This Week at IDEA’s Campus Energy 2015

Microgrid policy will be among topics discussed at a special workshop offered during this week's Campus Energy 2015, held by the International District Energy Association in Denver, Colorado. The February 10 workshop, “Microgrids and Electrical Distribution Systems,” will focus on policy, benefits, industry vocabulary, measurement and metrics, … [Read more...]