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...]

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...]

Pennsylvania Tackles a Big One: Who Pays for Utility Microgrids?

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Pennsylvania is the now the center of a pivotal, national industry debate over who pays for utility microgrids, with the introduction of legislation into the General Assembly that gives utilities a path to recover costs. HB 1412 allows utilities to recover costs within customer rates for microgrids and energy storage projects. Rep. Stephen … [Read more...]

Connecting a Microgrid to the Grid

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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...]

How Will New York Value Distributed Energy Resources Now?

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New York regulators issued an order Thursday that begins the process of phasing out net metering to instead value distributed energy resources based on a range of benefits they bring to the electric grid. Part of New York’s larger Reforming the Energy Vision policy, the order is expected to help the state reach its goal of generating half of its … [Read more...]

Scotland Center Seeks Marine Microgrid & Other News from Navigant, SEL, Microgrid Labs

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Marine testing center seeks microgrid The European Marine Energy Center has issued a solicitation seeking a microgrid solution for testing marine energy converters. Specifically, the center seeks proposals for design and delivery of a simulated grid solution to facilitate the testing of small scale wave and tidal energy converters at its … [Read more...]

Key Factors to Reliable Microgrid Control System Integration

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, covers the key factors behind reliable microgrid control system integration.  Making the microgrids of tomorrow as reliable as the conventional macrogrid power systems of today is a significant challenge. Microgrids capable of islanded operation must … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Plans to Identify Microgrid Opportunities Statewide

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Massachusetts intends to identify microgrid opportunities statewide, mirroring work done on a more concentrated level by the City of Boston, according to state clean energy officials. Stephen Pike, CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), and Galen Nelson, a senior director at the center, described the state’s microgrid strategy … [Read more...]

Top 5 Microgrid White Papers of 2016

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Our library of microgrid white papers gives readers the chance to dive deeply into a range of distributed energy topics. What did our readers research the most in 2016? The most downloaded paper explored microgrid financing and how to achieve a maximum return with advanced controllers. Other microgrid white papers that drew significant … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Applies to Interconnect Microgrid Testbed for Energy Export

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Duke Energy applied for regulatory approval this week to interconnect its Mount Holly microgrid testbed for energy export. The utility requested permission for a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (No. E-7, SUB 1124). The testbed is used by the 25-member Coalition of the Willing … [Read more...]