Community Microgrids

Here you will find news and features about the growing use of community microgrids.

Connecticut’s Latest Microgrid and Fuel Cell Project Goes Live in Hartford

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Connecticut, a state making its mark in both microgrid and fuel cell technology, today will put yet another microgrid into operation, this one in Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood. Constellation, Bloom Energy and the city plan to announce completion of the 800-kW fuel cell microgrid this afternoon at a ribbon cutting. The microgrid will … [Read more...]

LO3 Energy’s Community Microgrid Finds a Good Home in Brooklyn

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If the refrain means anything, location is everything in real estate. It has also become a rallying cry for foodies, particularly of the locavore stripe. And it could be that location is key for a successful community microgrid, as well. Location was certainly a key criteria for LO3 Energy when it came to siting their high profile community … [Read more...]

The Buffalo-Niagara Microgrid Incorporates Many into One

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Editor's Note: Here we profile the Buffalo-Niagara microgrid in our series on the NY Prize Stage 2 winners, which each received $1 million. The 11 proposals are now vying to win build-out funds in Stage 3 of the $40 million competition. SolarCity’s September 2014 announcement that it would build a solar photovoltaic (PV) gigafactory in Buffalo, … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Revolution: What Business Models Will Prevail on the New Grid?

Mahesh Bhave offers a glimpse of future business models for the electric grid in edited excerpts from his book, The Microgrid Revolution: Business Strategies for Next Generation Electricity, Praeger, 2016. Overview: The book argues that the electricity grid of today needs to split up into a cluster of microgrids, interacting with each other, and … [Read more...]

Newport, Rhode Island’s Microgrid Ambitions: Small City, Small State, Big Plans

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There is nothing small about Rhode Island’s microgrid ambitions. The state has hired a consultant to develop a statewide microgrid project. The project wrapped up at year end 2016, and the report on that effort is being compiled and is expected by the end of April. But even before the state began looking at microgrids, the city of Newport … [Read more...]

Syracuse Microgrid Forecasts Positive Return Leveraging Waste-to-Energy

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The Syracuse microgrid, one of 11 NY Prize Stage 2 winners, is forecasting a strong financial return using waste-to-energy generation that eases pressure on local landfills. Led by the Central NY Regional Planning and Development Board (CNYRPDB), the project is the only Stage 2 winner to rely on waste-to-energy conversion as its primary … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids and Urban Revitalization

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Susan Dieterlen of DeftSpace Lab offers a model to improve the visibility of community microgrids and make urban revitalization initiatives more substantial and effective. It’s no secret that American cities have many neighborhoods in need of economic revitalization. These challenged neighborhoods may be most common in the Rustbelt, but … [Read more...]

Meet the Microgrid Project Winners Selected in Stage 2 of the NY Prize

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Here's a look inside the 11 microgrid project winners selected March 23 by the New York Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) in Stage 2 of the NY Prize. (Also see our related story about the NY Prize Microgrid Winners.) Siemens, which is working on several of the winners, said that the model projects will pave the way for … [Read more...]

NY Prize Announces Stage 2 Microgrid Winners; Sweetens the Pot by $50M Per Finalist

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In a much anticipated move, Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced the microgrid winners for Stage 2 of the NY Prize, as well as significant new financial support for those who go on to win in the third and final stage. Each of the 11 microgrid projects that won Stage 2 will receive $1 million, for $11 million in total, allotted as part of a $40 … [Read more...]

What Microgrids Offer Water Systems: Why Small is Better

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Rinaldo Veseliza, of Alisto Engineering Group, explains the advantages that microgrids offer water systems, as communities face the crisis of crumbling underground infrastructure that needs repair. As a practicing architect and LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Accredited Professional) for more than 40 years, I have scoured … [Read more...]