Newport, Rhode Island’s Microgrid Ambitions: Small City, Small State, Big Plans

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There is nothing small about Rhode Island’s microgrid ambitions. The state has hired a consultant to develop a statewide microgrid project. The project wrapped up at year end 2016, and the report on that effort is being compiled and is expected by the end of April. But even before the state began looking at microgrids, the city of Newport … [Read more...]

Will Massachusetts Emerge as the Hub of the Microgrid Industry?

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Say ‘oil’ and Houston comes to mind. Software is Silicon Valley. Steel is Pittsburgh. But for the fledgling microgrid industry, a regional identity has yet to form. California and New York are strong contenders. But the title could go to Massachusetts. Consider the company Massachusetts keeps. GE and Schneider Electric, two energy … [Read more...]

California Microgrid Roadmap Workshop Set for April 25

California plans to offer its next microgrid roadmap workshop Tuesday, April 25 at the US Grant Hotel in San Diego. The state is developing the roadmap to help commercialize microgrids. The project is being coordinated by the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent System … [Read more...]

Renewable Energy and Microgrids Offer Colleges a Path to Cutting Carbon: Report

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It’s no secret that colleges and universities are some of the biggest microgrid users. But a new report says we should see more renewable energy and microgrids at these institutions. The report, from Environment America Research & Policy Center, “Renewable Energy 100: The Course to a Carbon-Free Campus,” says that the shift to 100 … [Read more...]

How PEER Tests Microgrid Value and Shows if Your Smart City is Really Smart

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Another monster, grid-threatening storm is bearing down on the U.S. Northeast this week. If widespread electricity failures occur, analysts will once again try to figure out what power outages cost the economy, a way of pegging microgrid value. But there is another way to look at it – a more proactive approach. What’s the value of averting the … [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...]

Cuomo Names Sayre to Replace Zibelman, Move Onward with NY REV

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Gregg Sayre will replace Audrey Zibelman as interim chair of New York’s Public Service Commission, continuing work she oversaw on a ground-breaking move to create a distributed grid in the state. The state Department of Public Service announced Zibelman's interim replacement today. Zibelman, one of the chief architect’s of New York’s … [Read more...]

California Seeks to Put a Monetary Value on Microgrid Reliability, Other Benefits

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How do you place a monetary value on microgrid reliability and other benefits, such as providing greenhouse gas reductions and boosting public confidence? That's just one of the many issues being explored as the California Energy Commission (CEC) continues to map out microgrid policy in a series of workshops. As part of the … [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...]

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...]