Vulnerable Oregon Coast Studied for Resiliency through Microgrids

Resiliency Through Microgrids

The Oregon coast could see increased resiliency through microgrids, given that it's expected to be the site of a devastating earthquake in the future. What's more, the area experiences outages due to big storms and winds--storms that are only expected to get stronger with global warming, said Adam Schultz, senior policy analyst at the Oregon … [Read more...]

How the Microgrid Industry Changed in 2016: A Ben & Jerry’s Year

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Consider 2016 a Ben & Jerry’s year for the microgrid industry. Microgrids expanded, not just in number, but in flavor. Plain vanilla microgrids gave way to a range of new kinds: virtual microgrids, blockchain microgrids, even flying microgrids, to name a few. Product differentiation reigned in 2016. But worldwide geographic expansion … [Read more...]

Boston Calls for Microgrid Development as a Climate Strategy

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A new climate strategy report by the city of Boston calls for microgrid development in several neighborhoods to avert power outages and promote low-carbon energy. A product of the city's year-long climate study, the report gauges the impact of climate change and proposes ways to increase resiliency. “The city should pursue community energy … [Read more...]

Exelon Pushes World’s First Microgrid Cluster in New Illinois Bill

Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison is once again vying for legislative approval to invest in microgrids, including what it hopes will be the world’s first microgrid cluster. The Exelon subsidiary seeks an okay to invest $250 million for five microgrids, as part of a comprehensive Future Energy Jobs Bill (Senate Bill 2814), introduced … [Read more...]

U.S. Governors See Microgrids and Energy Storage as a Path to Energy Assurance

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Microgrids and energy storage can help U.S. states assure energy supply during disasters, according to two papers recently issued by the National Governors Association (NGA). The papers emerged from an effort NGA undertook last year to identify best energy practices that have emerged from Superstorm Sandy. A six-state team studied lessons … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh Plans Grid of Microgrids; Wins Smart City Money

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Pittsburgh’s smart city project, one that includes a grid of microgrids, last week won an $11 million grant from the Department of Transportation for certain transportation features of the plan. The Pennsylvania city plans to create spines throughout the city that interconnect smart energy, transportation and communications. A goal is to improve … [Read more...]

More Microgrids for South Australia Now?…Water Companies Good Fit for Microgrids…Efficiency Rivalry Ends in Tie

More microgrids for South Australia now? Efforts were still underway today to fully restore power in South Australia after severe lightning left the entire state in the dark. With 1.7 million people, the fourth largest Australian state lost power on Wednesday with the failure of several 275 kilovolt (kV) power lines, according to the Australian … [Read more...]

Massachusetts to Offer $14M in Energy Resiliency Grants for Microgrids & Other Backup at Medical Facilities

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Massachusetts appears to be on an energy innovation roll this month, today with news that it will offer $14 million in energy resiliency grants for critical care facilities. The announcement by the Baker-Polito administration comes less than a week after the state said it plans to seek applications for at least $10 million in energy storage … [Read more...]

Washington State Awards Money for Two Public Utility Microgrids

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Another state, this time Washington, is rolling out money for microgrids as part of a larger clean energy effort. Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday announced that five clean energy projects will share $12.6 million in state grants. Two utility microgrids are among the five energy projects. One microgrid will be developed by Seattle City Light and the … [Read more...]

Healthcare Microgrid Would Preserve Power for 4 Hospitals in the East Bronx

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The idea of the East Bronx Healthcare Microgrid was born out of special pressure on the crucial hospital system. During storms and power outages, the four hospitals must remain open not only to serve existing patients, but also those transferred from evacuated hospitals in Manhattan and other New York City boroughs. Further, the medical … [Read more...]