Instapoll on Reliable Electric Service: What Would You Pay?

reliable electric service

What’s a fair price to keep the lights on for your operation? Are you willing to pay a premium for reliable electric service? And if so, how much? Let us know by taking the quick instapoll below. You'll instantly see how your opinion compares with others. Your responses remain anonymous. We encourage you to participate if you make energy … [Read more...]

Vulnerable Oregon Coast Studied for Resiliency through Microgrids

Resiliency Through Microgrids

The Oregon coast could see increased resiliency through microgrids, given that it's expected to be the site of a devastating earthquake in the future. What's more, the area experiences outages due to big storms and winds--storms that are only expected to get stronger with global warming, said Adam Schultz, senior policy analyst at the Oregon … [Read more...]

Play a Game to Design a Rural Microgrid

Rural Microgrid

In developing countries, a major challenge to the success of a rural microgrid is gathering enough information about the community and its needs. To overcome this hurdle, Energy Action Partners has created a game—now in the testing phase. Called The Minigrid Game, it works by bringing together potential microgrid users, developers and … [Read more...]

What’s Next for Energy Storage Policy? Watch Massachusetts

energy storage policy

The bellwether state of Massachusetts often serves as a focal point of energy innovation. Now it has set its sights on energy storage policy. Over the last few months local and national energy players of various ilk – utility, competitive market, microgrid, distributed energy, renewables, environmental and social justice – have honed in on the … [Read more...]

Military Microgrid Begins Operating in Arizona; Also Benefits Civilians

military microgrid

A 25-MW military microgrid began operating this week at an air station in Yuma, Arizona, offering an example of how a single microgrid can benefit both military operations and civilians. Arizona Public Service (APS), the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps on Thursday announced the completion of the microgrid at Marine Corps Air … [Read more...]

A Community Microgrid that Beats Utility Rates: Bridgeport’s Story

microgrid that beats utility rates

Microgrids aren’t cheap. At least not yet. But it's possible to design a microgrid that beats utility rates, even at this early stage of the industry. That’s what Bridgeport, Connecticut found out as it cleaved a new path over two years developing a complex community microgrid. A new whitepaper describes the trek. Spoiler alert. Some of the … [Read more...]

Boston Calls for Microgrid Development as a Climate Strategy

microgrid development

A new climate strategy report by the city of Boston calls for microgrid development in several neighborhoods to avert power outages and promote low-carbon energy. A product of the city's year-long climate study, the report gauges the impact of climate change and proposes ways to increase resiliency. “The city should pursue community energy … [Read more...]

Distributed Wind Energy: Plausible for Microgrids?

Distributed Wind Energy

Solar is the renewable resource often associated with microgrids. Distributed wind has seemed too niche and scarce to play much of a role. But don't count distributed wind out yet. Its numbers may grow. The amount of behind-the-meter distributed wind energy could reach 42 GW by 2020, according to a report from the federal Department of … [Read more...]

REV is in the Air. And the Microgrid Industry is Feeling the Love, Mostly.

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This month marks three years since New York began an industry-staggering move to decentralize the electric grid. For the microgrid industry, the policy -- known as Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) -- unlocked a host of new business possibilities. The scope of those opportunities – and the forces that still hinder them – became apparent this … [Read more...]

Microgrid Advocates Explain Technology’s Advantages to Congressional Leaders

"It isn't just about price anymore," Rob Thornton, president and CEO of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), told Congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. today. Mayors, governors, employers and others also want energy supply that is resilient, local and clean, Thornton said at the briefing on microgrids, combined heat and … [Read more...]