Why Arizona Public Service Sees Microgrid Investments as Risk Worthy

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Utilities are notoriously risk adverse. So why did Arizona Public Service (APS) take a chance on microgrid investments, not once but twice? By take a chance, we mean the utility chose to install two microgrids without getting pre-approval for cost recovery from state regulators. So if the Arizona Public Service Commission now disapproves the … [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...]

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...]

Guess Which North American Microgrid Market is Growing Fastest?

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The fastest-growing North American microgrid market surprised even the Navigant researchers who uncovered it in a report, “Market Data: Microgrids.” Public utilities took the prize, growing at 45.2 percent, which is the compounded annual growth rate of annual deployments between 2015 and 2024. “For North America, the biggest surprise over the … [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...]

How to Pay for Utility Microgrids? Arizona May Offer Answers

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An issue puzzling the power industry – how to pay for utility microgrids – is being taken up in a rate case now underway before the Arizona Corporation Commission. Arizona Public Service (APS), the state’s largest utility, seeks to recover costs for two microgrids, a 63-MW data center microgrid and a 25-MW military microgrid. The utility made … [Read more...]

Arizona Public Service Developing 63-MW Data Center Microgrid

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Arizona’s largest utility, Arizona Public Service (APS) is in the process of developing a large data center microgrid -- 63-MW – with partner Aligned Data Centers, a subsidiary of Aligned Energy. The utility and pay-for-use data center provider are billing the project as a ‘next generation microgrid’ that will include a new 69-kV … [Read more...]

SimpliPhi Power is Ready to Tell its Story…And it’s a Good One

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In an age where marketing often trumps substance, the energy storage company SimpliPhi Power seems to have it backwards. The company has spent years getting its battery technology right for the power industry before broadcasting its value to the world. “We’ve really wanted to perfect our technology so that when we were selling product and … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News: Minnesota Breaks Stereotype…No Harm from California Microgrid…More NY Prize Wins

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In this week's microgrid news... A microgrid being installed at a data center is Minnesota is breaking the stereotype that the Midwest isn't a friendly place for combined heat and power (CHP). That’s the word from Justin Rathke, president of Vergent Power, the Capstone Turbine distributor for the Upper Midwest, New England and Eastern … [Read more...]

Cutting-Edge Microgrid Projects Still Popping up in the United States

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Peter Asmus, of Navigant Research, profiles two cutting-edge microgrid projects in the U.S.: NJ TransitGrid on the East Coast and the Salem Smart Power Center on the West Coast. The current edition of Navigant Research’s Microgrid Deployment Tracker gives credence to the idea that the Asia Pacific region may emerge as the market leader over the … [Read more...]