Textbook Cry for Microgrid Solution: Storms, No Lights, High Costs in NY Town

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Storms keep coming, power goes out too often, and energy prices are high says Jefferson County, New York.  It is the textbook cry for a microgrid solution. The northern New York community described its problems in a feasibility study filed with the NY Prize, a state-sponsored competition to spur microgrid development. The community is … [Read more...]

Wife Leaves Husband over Power Outages and other Tales from this Year’s Eaton Blackout Tracker

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We know that power outages cost businesses a lot of money, but they apparently can play havoc with relationships too, according to the new Blackout Tracker by Eaton. The annual report again offers a colorful glimpse into the comedy and tragedy that plays out on the power grid when the lights blink out, which happened about 3,571 times last year … [Read more...]

Addressing the Soft Costs of Going Solar and Other Quick Microgrid News

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SolSmart designation recognizes solar cities, addresses soft costs of going solar The new SolSmart designation program, from the ICMA and The Solar Foundation, will recognize leading solar cities and local governments that "cut the red tape," taking action to foster solar market growth. “The role of local governments in building stronger and … [Read more...]

The Threat of Hackers Disabling the Grid: Not Science Fiction

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It’s hard to scan a movie or best-seller’s list without coming upon a dystopian story – or many. Perhaps that’s why we don't appear to take seriously the threat of hackers disabling the grid. We’ve become habituated. That was last week’s episode. But no. As a recent report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security indicates we really do … [Read more...]

University Team in Milwaukee Works to Avert the Next Big Electrical Blackout

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It wasn’t a natural disaster or high demand that caused an electrical blackout in the northeastern United States in summer 2003. A high-voltage power line in Ohio brushed against overgrown trees, causing it to shut down, and touching off a domino effect of disabled lines. For the next two days, 50 million people in eight states were left without … [Read more...]

China’s First Microgrid, CleanSpark Expansion, Eaton Award

China's first microgrid project has begun operating in Beijing, according to China's People's Daily Online. The first government-funded microgrid, it includes three wind turbines and numerous rooftop solar panels,  located in the high-tech incubator in the Badaling economic zone of Yanqing county. It can work independently from the main grid, … [Read more...]

Events that Shaped the Microgrid Industry in 2015

Here’s a look at events that shaped the microgrid industry in 2015 and the new players, policies and ideas driving the industry forward. Consider it the year that microgrids achieved stature. Well-known companies like ABB, Eaton, Exelon, GE, Hitachi, Panasonic, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric, Siemens, SolarCity, Tesla and others either … [Read more...]

Eaton Adds Name to Growing List Offering Microgrid Controllers

Eaton became the latest in a growing list of companies offering microgrid controllers, the software smarts that by many definitions make a microgrid a microgrid. The Pittsburgh-based power management company this week unveiled its new microgrid energy system, which it says simplifies development of complex microgrid and energy storage systems. … [Read more...]

Trane and Alstom Pair to Build Wastewater Treatment Plant Microgrid in California

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Trane and Alstom Grid have paired to build a wastewater treatment plant microgrid, designed to incorporate renewable energy and create a revenue stream for the City of Santa Rosa, California. The Laguna Wastewater Treatment Plant microgrid will include solar, energy storage, an advanced distributed energy management software system, a microgrid … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric’s Microgrid Controller Named Market Leader by Navigant

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Schneider Electric took the top spot as the leader in microgrid controller technology in an analysis released today by Navigant Research. Optimal Power Solutions and Princeton Power Systems took the number two and three spots for this key microgrid system. The microgrid controller comes into play when a microgrid islands from the main grid, … [Read more...]