Microgrid Islanding: S&C and Ameren Show it Works at Illinois Microgrid

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Ameren's new Illinois microgrid demonstrated that it's able to seamlessly disconnect from the grid and run on renewable energy during a 24-hour microgrid islanding test this month. S&C Electric and Ameren conducted the test at a 1.475 M microgrid in Champaign that the Midwest utility unveiled in May. Microgrid islanding -- the ability … [Read more...]

MIT Set to Upgrade its Cogeneration Plant for Campus Microgrid

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Editor's Note: Kristin Lund of MIT News reports that construction will begin this month on upgrades to the campus microgrid at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After months of preparation, MIT is planning to break ground this month on an upgrade project that will revitalize its Central Utilities Plant (CUP), a distributed … [Read more...]

Project Spotlight: The Philadelphia Navy Yard Microgrid

Large ports and maritime facilities make regular, intensive use of some of the largest, heaviest and most power-hungry machinery and equipment manufactured. Serving their energy needs is no small task, whether it be via conventional grid, distributed energy resources, or a mix of both. So it seems appropriate that one of the most ambitious projects … [Read more...]

Denver’s Peña Station NEXT: This Way to Energy Utopia?

Peña Station NEXT

Denver’s Peña Station NEXT offers an energy planner's dream: 382 acres where engineers can start from scratch in creating a clean energy community. No legacy power plants to accommodate, no wires and poles and substations to navigate — the open landscape near Denver International Airport is a rare find in a nation with near ubiquitous … [Read more...]

Ameresco Peaking Plant Under Construction in the Philadelphia Navy Yard

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Ameresco has begun work on a 6-MW natural gas-fired peaking plant that will anchor one of the largest private microgrids in the United States, which is located at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. The peaking plant will be part of a 35-MW unregulated, stand-alone electric grid designed to serve the evolving 1200-acre mixed-use Navy Yard … [Read more...]

Remote Microgrids in the Himalayas Offer Lessons for the Rest of Us

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Turns out that some of the world's most remote microgrids offer lessons useful to the rest of us, as Alexander Hogeveen Rutter, professional engineer, explains in this article about the Global Himalayan Expedition's work. This year, Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) continued its success by electrifying Shadé, one of the most remote villages in … [Read more...]

Coming Soon: Next $26.5M in Microgrid Incentives from Connecticut

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Connecticut, one of the earliest states to advocate for microgrids, is now getting ready to release its fourth round of microgrid incentives, this time $26.5 million in grants. The new round begins September 1, with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) accepting applications through January 1 for community microgrid … [Read more...]

Microgrids Plus Feeders Equal a Winning Combination

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, S&C Electric’s David Chiesa explains how microgrids and feeders can work together to help reconfigure the grid for bi-directional power flow.  When the grid was established more than a hundred years ago, power providers couldn’t have fathomed the amount of energy we use today. However, while our use … [Read more...]

Siemens to Assist Santa Fe Community College with New Microgrid Training Center

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In partnership with Siemens, Santa Fe Community College plans to build a microgrid training center, partially funded through a $351,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). The Building Energy Automation and Microgrid Training Center (BEAMTC) will focus on product development, testing and workforce training. It is … [Read more...]

Schneider’s EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor Selected for Ameren Microgrid

Illinois utility Ameren has selected Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor to manage an advanced microgrid it operates in Champaign, adjacent to the University of Illinois. Schneider’s cloud-based software allows facility managers and microgrid operators to collect data, forecast demand and usage, and automatically optimize the … [Read more...]