What’s Next for Energy Storage Policy? Watch Massachusetts

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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...]

Boston Calls for Microgrid Development as a Climate Strategy

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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...]

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...]

Microgrid Briefing and Summit Dec. 6-7 in Washington, DC & Other Quick News

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Microgrid briefing and summit coming up in Washington The International District Energy Association (IDEA) and the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) are planning two events in Washington, DC to heighten understanding of microgrids and position the industry for new opportunity. The organizations will hold a Senate Briefing on Capitol Hill on … [Read more...]

Why the Utility-Microgrid Relationship May Grow Stronger: Hitachi

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The utility-microgrid relationship looked rocky early on. Like rooftop solar, here was another competitor threatening to rob away customers from utilities already nervous about flattened electricity demand in the U.S. But something’s changing, according to Steve Pullins, vice president of energy solutions at Hitachi Americas. More and … [Read more...]

New York Taps $140M Fund to Tackle Distributed Energy Interconnection Woes

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New York plans to tackle distributed energy interconnection – a big source of industry headaches – in the first round of money tapped from its $140 million grid modernization fund. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) issued a solicitation today offering $3.5 million for innovations that make interconnection … [Read more...]

Nevada Governor Considering Microgrid Demonstration in Legislation

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A Nevada gubernatorial task force is advising that Gov. Brian Sandoval file legislation to incentivize a distributed energy or microgrid demonstration in the 2017 legislation session. The New Energy Industry Task Force made the recommendation last week as part of a larger clean energy package. Sandoval will now review the task force's … [Read more...]

Microgrid Research: Building a Race Car While Racing in the Grand Prix

At the British Columbia Institute of Technology, researchers hope that their microgrid research will someday create a living lab that allows the entire campus to island from the grid. But here's the problem: conducting the research is like building a race car while participating in the Grand Prix, said Hassan Farhangi, director of the Smart … [Read more...]

NYC Sets Energy Storage Target..Biggest Battery Network Yet for Water…DOE Focuses on Community Energy

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NYC sets energy storage target New York City has become the first major U.S. city to set an energy storage target -- 100 MWh by 2020 – as a companion to the growing use of solar in the city. Solar capacity has nearly tripled in the city, from 25 MW to 96 MW, since 2014 when Bill de Blasio took office as mayor. The city says its buildings … [Read more...]

Microgrid-friendly Moves in Three States – Just this Week

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This week saw action in New York, California and Maryland toward a more microgrid-friendly grid via new demonstrations, legislation and policy. In New York, National Grid took a concrete step toward creating a distributed system platform (DSP), one of the most game-changing ideas that has emerged in the electric utility sector in a long … [Read more...]