City of Pittsburgh to Use Siemens Smart City Tool

Pittsburgh will calculate the environmental and economic impacts of new infrastructure projects using Siemens smart city tool, the company announced. The city is embarking on an ambitious energy infrastructure overhaul that includes a grid of microgrids. It will use Siemens City Performance Tool to gauge the impact of its proposed energy … [Read more...]

Will America’s Steel City Build the First Grid of Microgrids? 

grid of microgrids

To many, the idea of creating a grid of microgrids is somewhere out in the future. Even a pipe dream. But for Pittsburgh, it’s now. The city is pursuing an aggressive plan to lead on energy, which includes developing a series of connected local energy systems. “The idea of having an energy plant that is 100 miles away producing energy to make … [Read more...]

White Plains Microgrid Seeks NY Clean Community Funds & Other Quick News

White Plains Microgrid

Next Steps for White Plains Microgrid in Planning with Hitachi The City of White Plains says it will seek state clean energy community funds to help develop a microgrid with Hitachi. White Plains was recently designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The designation highlights … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Kicks off New Microgrid Effort. Offers Grants for Microgrid Feasibility Studies

microgrid feasibility studies

Already a draw for distributed energy projects, Massachusetts added a sweetener last week by making funds available for microgrid feasibility studies. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) issued a 'request for expressions of interest' seeking teams to develop community microgrids. Three to five applicants will each win $75,000 … [Read more...]

Tribal Microgrid in Northern California Shows How Communities Can Lead on Climate

tribal microgrid

As the federal government retracts from climate goals, a small tribal microgrid in Northern California is showing how to reduce greenhouse gases affordably one community at a time. The Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid is now live and collecting data to share with others, according to project partners who spoke on a press call Thursday. Located … [Read more...]

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

microgrid and fuel cell

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

community microgrid

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

Buffalo-Niagara microgrid

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

Rhode Island's microgrid

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...]