Con Ed Gets Okay on More Non-Wires Alternatives: “What Was New Has Become Normal”

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Not so long ago, mentioning the term non-wires alternatives evoked a “Huh?” But now in New York, non-wires alternatives are becoming standard utility business practice, as evidenced Thursday by an important state Public Service Commission vote. The commission approved an indefinite extension of Consolidated Edison's Brooklyn-Queens Demand … [Read more...]

What Makes Hospital Microgrids Efficient and Green?

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This is the fourth article in a series that looks at hospital microgrids and how they create more resilient communities and open the door to more reliable, clean, lower cost energy for healthcare facilities. Hospitals have been ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability planning. As early as 2013, nearly 90 percent of hospitals said … [Read more...]

Another University Microgrid Goes Live, this One in Bridgeport, Connecticut

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Another university microgrid is live, this one in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the latest as higher education continues to show itself as a lead mover in microgrids. The project uses a 1.4 MW fuel cell provided by Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy. “This is a win-win for all,” said Neil Salonen, president of UB, which has 400 full and … [Read more...]

Two Giants, Siemens and AES, Create ‘Fluence’ to Pursue Global Energy Storage Market

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Siemens and AES have joined forces to create Fluence, a joint venture with an ambitious goal to capture major segments of the energy storage market worldwide. The deal brings together two mega-energy companies. Siemens offers a range of energy services and technology in 160 countries. AES serves 10 million utility customers and operates 30 … [Read more...]

Big Players Spin the Wheel for the $45B Energy Storage Jackpot

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Players in the booming energy storage market are like contestants running the board on "Jeopardy” before solving the puzzle on "Wheel of Fortune.” Investors are taking risks and companies are striking deals in rapid rounds, chasing a big jackpot that is expected to reach $20.5 billion (Navigant Research) to $45 billion (AES) globally by … [Read more...]

New Connecticut Law Opens Door to More Fuel Cell Projects

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A new law opens the door for more fuel cell projects in Connecticut, with the state placing value on their ability to enhance electric reliability and resiliency. A hub of U.S. fuel cell manufacturing, the state already has several fuel cell microgrids, including projects for the town of Woodbridge, University of Bridgeport, and Hartford’s … [Read more...]

Driving Complexity out of Microgrid Design

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, explains why we need simpler microgrid design and more "elegant" control strategies.  About two decades ago, one of the first programmable logic controller (PLC) systems I coded was controlling an expensive machine called a sheeter. This machine … [Read more...]

More than Back-up Power: The Genius of the Healthcare Microgrid

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This is third article in a series that examines the healthcare microgrid and its value to medical facilities that want to lower cost energy costs and improve electric reliability. During the Northeast blackout of 2003 half of New York City’s 58 hospitals suffered failures in their back-up power generators, according to the U.S. Environmental … [Read more...]

A Look at the 13 New Jersey Microgrid Projects that Won State Funding

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Thirteen New Jersey microgrid projects won state funding for feasibility studies in late June. Here are details of their plans, supplied by the Board of Public Utilities, including the incentive amounts, time expected to complete the feasibility studies and description of the microgrid projects. See related story about these microgrid projects: … [Read more...]

How to Design and Island a Microgrid Safely

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The ability to island a microgrid safely is crucial to one of its essential missions -- delivering reliable power to critical facilities during a power outage. This, in fact, is a primary driver for microgrids’ growing popularity among public and private institutions. The team at Eaton is focused on leveraging the knowledge and expertise … [Read more...]