An Energy Storage Target for Massachusetts: Go Bigger, Bellwether?

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With a potential $30 billion market up for grabs, key industry players are urging Massachusetts to think big and move faster as its sets an energy storage target. The bellwether state has floated the idea of setting a goal to develop 600 MW of energy storage by 2025. But some influential companies – specifically Advanced Microgrids Solutions, … [Read more...]

Microgrids as the Right Thing to do

microgrids as the right thing

In my more than 20 years writing about energy – most recently microgrids -- I’ve often been struck by the altruism that energy insiders bring to their work. Yes, the profit motive drives them. But they also feel strongly about what they do. They know the profound impact electric power has on jobs, the economy, living standards, and overall human … [Read more...]

Why Arizona Public Service Sees Microgrid Investments as Risk Worthy

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Utilities are notoriously risk adverse. So why did Arizona Public Service (APS) take a chance on microgrid investments, not once but twice? By take a chance, we mean the utility chose to install two microgrids without getting pre-approval for cost recovery from state regulators. So if the Arizona Public Service Commission now disapproves the … [Read more...]

How to Make Microgrid Economics Work: DistribuTECH

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Microgrids often are viewed as premium projects, nice to have but who can afford them? Turns out making microgrid economics work is increasingly possible. It’s a matter of ‘stacking value.’ That was one of the key messages from a panel on microgrids that drew a standing-room only crowd Tuesday at DistribuTECH, a major electric industry trade … [Read more...]

What Is the Value of Microgrid Resilience?  

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ACEEE visiting fellow Anna Chittum tackles one of the most daunting industry problems: determining the economic value of microgrid resilience. Yes, it can be done. Microgrids are increasingly deployed for their resiliency and reliability benefits —  particularly those microgrids anchored by combined heat and power (CHP). But it hasn’t been … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Utilities? Washington, D.C. is Asking

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In a newly launched grid modernization initiative, the District of Columbia is wrangling with the question: Are microgrids utilities? The question arises as the district’s Public Service Commission begins exploring how the nation’s capital city can create a more sustainable and reliable electric grid. In a report issued last week (Docket … [Read more...]

Microgrids in the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Blueprint Pushed by U.S. Senate Democrats

microgrids in the $1 trillion infrastructure blueprint

U.S. Senate Democrats included microgrids in the $1 trillion infrastructure blueprint that they proposed yesterday to create 15 million jobs over the next decade. “I’m here to talk about energy infrastructure investments, which…will help save consumers money, grow our economy and create jobs. We are talking about things like transmission lines, … [Read more...]

Funding Now Available for Town Center Microgrids in New Jersey

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New Jersey is now offering grants of up to $200,000 to help towns and state agencies take the first step toward installing what the state calls town center microgrids. The Board of Public Utilities kicked off the first 60-day application window for the program on Wednesday (Docket No. QO16100967). The board expects to provide 5-12 grants for … [Read more...]

Three Microgrid Business Models Emerge from Evolving Market

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Not one, but three microgrid business models are emerging as more players enter the market and use microgrids to help realize the grid of the future. That’s the underlying message of a report issued today by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Solar Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). “A diverse set of utility and other business … [Read more...]

Con Edison Proposes New Energy Storage Business Model

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Consolidated Edison wants to test out a new energy storage business model in a project planned with microgrid developer GI Energy at four customer sites. The New York utility proposed the demonstration project in a Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) filing before the state Public Service Commission late last week (Case 14-M-0101). The new … [Read more...]