Why Energy Blockchain Intrigues Big Players Like Siemens

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Not so long ago energy blockchain technology had the futuristic feel of flying cars or colonies on Mars. But that has changed in recent months as credible players step in to test the transaction platform. Among them is energy giant Siemens, which formed a partnership in November with a startup, LO3 Energy, to figure out how to make energy … [Read more...]

Blackout Tracker Shows the 3,879 Times We Wished We Had More Microgrids

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Rogue lawn mowers. Toppling Cranes. Frogs and snakes. You never know what will cause power outages and get people thinking about microgrids. Eaton’s new Blackout Tracker Annual Report shows 3,879 instances last year when having more microgrids would have been nice. That’s the number of times the power went out for more than 48 minutes, affecting … [Read more...]

New Investment Firm to Finance Microgrids with an Initial $30M

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First comes government support for new energy technologies. Then, if the technology proves out, come private investors. So it's significant to note the launch this week of a new private firm to finance microgrids. Crescendo Power has formed to offer an initial $30 million in equity financing for commercial and industrial microgrids and … [Read more...]

Behind the Rise of Microgrids: News from PJM, Navigant & Macquarie Capital

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The impetus behind the rise of microgrids Many trace today’s rise of microgrids, energy storage, and distributed energy to the opening of competitive electricity markets. So, it’s worth noting that PJM, the nation’s largest grid operator, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary of operating competitive wholesale power markets. Known in … [Read more...]

The Growing Revenue Opportunity Attached to Microgrid O&M

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With more microgrids comes the need for more microgrid O&M (operations and maintenance) services. Navigant Research's Peter Asmus describes the growing market opportunity for these services. Navigant Research’s past market forecasts have focused on investments into the microgrid development value chain. This spending on the actual … [Read more...]

Meet the Microgrid Project Winners Selected in Stage 2 of the NY Prize

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Here's a look inside the 11 microgrid project winners selected March 23 by the New York Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) in Stage 2 of the NY Prize. (Also see our related story about the NY Prize Microgrid Winners.) Siemens, which is working on several of the winners, said that the model projects will pave the way for … [Read more...]

CPS Energy’s Microgrid is the Start of Big Plans for the Utility

CPS Energy's Microgrid

CPS Energy’s microgrid, its first, is small. But don’t let that fool you. The San Antonio, Texas utility is thinking big. Located at the library of a military base, the microgrid is acting as a learning vehicle for the nation’s largest municipally owned gas and electric utility, a stepping stone toward its vision of a microgrid future. “We’re … [Read more...]

Connecting a Microgrid to the Grid

Scot Manson, SEL

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, explains the steps behind connecting a microgrid to the grid.  Connecting a microgrid to an electric power system (EPS) requires the microgrid and EPS owners to form a legal contract and a technical design that ensure the safe, reliable, and economic … [Read more...]

Gas Turbine Microgrids on Two Continents: Mirror Images of Reliability

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Gas turbine microgrids in Alaska and Australia offer mirror images of microgrid capabilities, as we explain in this excerpt from Gas Turbine Microgrids: Reliability and Sustainability through Intelligence. One of the benefits of gas turbine microgrids is their ability to ‘island’ electrical operations from the surrounding grid. In Sitka, … [Read more...]

Long-Term Energy Storage: What are the Options When Lithium-ion Falls Short?

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Lithium-ion batteries are best positioned to meet the demand for energy storage over the next five to 10 years, but in the long run, other battery storage technologies will be needed for long-term energy storage and larger- scale applications. That's the word from Lux Research, which recently outlined up-and-coming battery storage technologies … [Read more...]