Will America’s Steel City Build the First Grid of Microgrids? 

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To many, the idea of creating a grid of microgrids is somewhere out in the future. Even a pipe dream. But for Pittsburgh, it’s now. The city is pursuing an aggressive plan to lead on energy, which includes developing a series of connected local energy systems. “The idea of having an energy plant that is 100 miles away producing energy to make … [Read more...]

Utilities as Microgrid Owners? Energy Giants Debate in D.C.

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The city of Washington has become the latest flashpoint in the debate over whether having utilities as microgrid owners is okay from a legal and competitive perspective. The debate is occurring before the District of Columbia Public Service Commission, as it considers microgrid policy within its larger grid modernization plan (FC 1130). Two … [Read more...]

Anbaric and Pension Fund to Build $2B in Microgrids and Transmission & Other Quick News

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Anbaric partners with pension fund to build $2 billion in microgrids and transmission Anbaric, a developer of microgrids and transmission projects, has formed a joint venture with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to construct $2 billion in energy infrastructure in North America. Called Anbaric Development Partners, the company will be led by … [Read more...]

Microgrid Survey Finds Siemens to be Best Known Industry Player

Results of a microgrid survey released today by Microgrid Knowledge show Siemens to be the most recognized name in microgrids among 21 companies. The independent survey also found electric reliability to be the biggest reason for installing a microgrid. Financing serves as the biggest hindrance. We conducted the online poll over the spring … [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...]

White House Lays Out Plans to Scale Up Microgrids, Storage & Renewables

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The Obama Administration on Thursday laid out an extensive list of federal, utility and private actions to scale up microgrids, energy storage and renewable energy throughout the US. The menu of initiatives came out of a summit that the White House hosted to boost the growing combination of renewables and energy storage. The event drew … [Read more...]

Utility-Owned Microgrids Get Thumbs-Down from Maryland PSC Staff

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Questioning the legality of utility-owned microgrids, regulatory advisors in Maryland on Friday came out against a microgrid pilot plan by Baltimore Gas & Electric. Instead, the staff of the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) called for the commission to launch a larger, generic proceeding on microgrid policy in the state. The staff … [Read more...]

NRG EVgo Pushes the Envelope on Microgrids and Electric Vehicles…and More Microgrid News

NRG’s EVgo and the University of California, San Diego are pushing the envelope on use of microgrids and electric vehicles. The pair recently announced an agreement which has EVgo leading two projects at the university, known for its flagship microgrid. In the first project, EVgo is assessing how owners of electric vehicle DC charging sites … [Read more...]

Case Study: Necker Island, British Virgin Islands — Among the Most Energy Efficient Islands in the World

Overview In 1978, Sir Richard Branson purchased Necker Island, a beautiful getaway in the British Virgin Islands. What began with a dream of creating an environment where people could talk and relax soon became an unparalleled luxury retreat. Now, Branson has a new dream: to transform Necker Island into one of the most energy efficient islands … [Read more...]

Microgrid Group on REV: Don’t Replace One Utility Monopoly with Another

New York appears to be moving in the direction of making electric utilities into something like an Internet marketplace for energy -- and this may not be a wise move. That’s the word from the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) in written comments filed this week on Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a much-watched strategy to decentralize New … [Read more...]