Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Show Strong Promise

Dynapower’s Chip Palombini describes what’s driving growth in solar plus storage microgrids in the U.S. and how to derive maximum production from the systems. The promise of energy storage enabled microgrids, particularly solar plus storage microgrids, is just emerging. We at Dynapower see a bright future for these projects with recent … [Read more...]

White Plains Microgrid Seeks NY Clean Community Funds & Other Quick News

White Plains Microgrid

Next Steps for White Plains Microgrid in Planning with Hitachi The City of White Plains says it will seek state clean energy community funds to help develop a microgrid with Hitachi. White Plains was recently designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The designation highlights … [Read more...]

How Fuel Cell Microgrids Improve Electric Reliability

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The frequency and duration of power outages is on the rise. This excerpt from, “Fuel Cell Microgrids: The Path to Lower Cost, Higher Reliability Cleaner Energy," explains how fuel cell microgrids keep the power flowing. The digital world we live in not only makes us more dependent on electric power, but also increases our vulnerability to … [Read more...]

FuelCell Energy Signs Deal to Serve Connecticut Military Base

FuelCell Energy

FuelCell Energy this week struck a deal with a group of Connecticut public power utilities to install a 7.4 MW fuel cell that will serve a U.S. submarine base in Groton. The fuel cell installation is part of a larger plan by the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC) to support US Department of Defense goals to add resiliency … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrids for National Security: Study Finds 17 GW Could Fortify US Military Bases

solar microgrids for national security

Researchers at Michigan Technological University look at use of solar microgrids for national security. They find that the US has the technological capability to install the 17 GW needed to fortify military bases. Distributed microgrid tech can secure the electrical grids at military bases to reduce the impact of cyberattacks, physical … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Power Outages: A Guide for Utilities to Do More With Less Using an Advanced Distribution Management System

advanced distribution management system

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Sally Jacquemin, Software Solutions Manager, Siemens Digital Grid,  shares a 'tale of two power outages,' and explains how utilities can do more with less using an advanced distribution management system.  Today’s distribution grid is characterized by evolving complexity. More and more resources are … [Read more...]

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

utilities as microgrid owners

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...]

For Utilities, Electric Vehicles are the New Air Conditioners

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Electric vehicles are quickly becoming one of the largest flexible loads on the grid in some areas, and the growth parallels the increase in numbers of air conditioners years ago, says a new study from the Smart Electric Power Alliance. However, the popularity of electric vehicles poses problems for utilities, which are finding that time-of-use … [Read more...]

PG&E Begins Offering $240M for Generation and Energy Storage Incentives through SGIP

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Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is inviting businesses and consumers to apply for $240 million in renewable and energy storage incentives through its self-generation incentive program (SGIP) for 2017. California regulators have directed PG&E and other investor-owned utilities to distribute $566,692,308 designated to the SGIP program … [Read more...]

An Environmental Case for the Fuel Cell Microgrid: Producing Power with No Combustion

fuel cell microgrid

A fuel cell microgrid produces electricity through a chemical reaction -- not combustion. This gives it an environmental advantage over many conventional generation technologies, as explained in this excerpt from "Fuel Cell Microgrids: The Path to Lower Cost, Higher Reliability Cleaner Energy." A recent study by Argonne National Lab found that … [Read more...]