Modular Microgrids: Are They the Future, Will They Liberate Microgrids?

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Modular microgrids are on their way in. In fact, they boast so many benefits they could liberate microgrids. And why exactly do microgrids need to be liberated? It's all spelled out in a Navigant Research whitepaper, "Liberating Microgrids (and All DER)," commissioned by Spirae, which markets a microgrid control platforms. The problem, … [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...]

Australia’s Growing Microgrid Market Brings Together Powerhouse Team

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A new joint venture signals rapid transformation of Australia's microgrid market. Sophie Vorrath, of One Step Off the Grid, explains. Australia’s budding – and potentially massive – microgrid market is the focus of a major new deal between two industry powerhouses this week: property and infrastructure group Lendlease Services and leading solar … [Read more...]

Bronzeville Microgrid Moving Forward without Legislation

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The Bronzeville microgrid is still on, reports Kari Lydersen of Midwest Energy News, as Commonwealth Edison pursues a new funding strategy. Of the many provisions of the massive energy bill signed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, one that would have helped further fund advanced grid technology in the state didn’t make the cut. A version of the … [Read more...]

Military Microgrid Begins Operating in Arizona; Also Benefits Civilians

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A 25-MW military microgrid began operating this week at an air station in Yuma, Arizona, offering an example of how a single microgrid can benefit both military operations and civilians. Arizona Public Service (APS), the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps on Thursday announced the completion of the microgrid at Marine Corps Air … [Read more...]

The Case for Specialized Microgrids

Governments, utility companies, and many businesses today agree we are in the midst of a shift toward a low-carbon economy. Many utilities are transitioning toward more renewable energy generation models and utilizing new energy storage solutions like specialized microgrids. Much of the focus has been on clean generation sources such as wind and … [Read more...]

AEP Seeks Okay to Invest $52M in 8-10 Utility Microgrids

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American Electric Power (AEP) unveiled plans this week to invest $52 million to build 8-10 utility microgrids as part of a smart city design for Columbus, Ohio. AEP Ohio filed the microgrid proposal with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as part of an update to the utility’s Electric Security Plan. The proposal makes AEP the latest in a … [Read more...]

Legislative Deal Retains Three Commonwealth Edison Microgrids

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A compromise struck this week retains only three of five Commonwealth Edison microgrids proposed in an energy bill under consideration in Illinois. Word of the change came Tuesday from the Exelon subsidiary as the utility works under pressure to reach agreement on the Energy Future Jobs Bill (Senate Bill 2814). The original bill allowed the … [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...]

Update: $30M in Microgrid Funds Now Available in Connecticut Following Vote

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The Connecticut State Bond Commission Tuesday voted to release $30 million in microgrid funds for new projects in the third round of the state’s grant and loan program. The state began accepting applications for the latest round of microgrid funds about a year ago. But the money was not yet available, which the state believes caused an … [Read more...]