What, No Opposition? The Latest on Duke’s Unusual Mount Sterling Microgrid

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You won’t see this often. North Carolina regulators have canceled a hearing on an energy project – Duke Energy’s Mount Sterling microgrid – because no one had anything bad to say about it. Energy projects are notoriously galvanizing. Even small rooftop solar projects sometimes get kicked to the curb by someone who doesn’t like the looks of them. … [Read more...]

How the World Defines Microgrids and Why You are Confused

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Microgrid, mini-grid, picogrid… All this tiny terminology can add up to some big confusion. Even the industry itself defines microgrids in different ways. Microgrids, mini-grids and picogrids have some things in common: they are all locally generated, locally distributed sources of clean energy. Is it all just a matter of to-MAY-to, … [Read more...]

Funding Now Available for Town Center Microgrids in New Jersey

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New Jersey is now offering grants of up to $200,000 to help towns and state agencies take the first step toward installing what the state calls town center microgrids. The Board of Public Utilities kicked off the first 60-day application window for the program on Wednesday (Docket No. QO16100967). The board expects to provide 5-12 grants for … [Read more...]

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...]