Microgrid Economics: Look Beyond Average Pricing in Volatile Markets

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Today’s low wholesale power prices suggest it’s a bad time to build power plants. But microgrid economics work differently. Turns out microgrids can thrive in the new wholesale market, according to Enchanted Rock (ERock). While large generation plants are suffering, the Texas-based microgrid developer says its finding opportunity because of the … [Read more...]

Will America’s Steel City Build the First Grid of Microgrids? 

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To many, the idea of creating a grid of microgrids is somewhere out in the future. Even a pipe dream. But for Pittsburgh, it’s now. The city is pursuing an aggressive plan to lead on energy, which includes developing a series of connected local energy systems. “The idea of having an energy plant that is 100 miles away producing energy to make … [Read more...]

Research Microgrid in Alabama Neighborhood an IQ Test for Smart Systems

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A new residential neighborhood in Alabama will feature a research microgrid that aims to help Alabama Power better understand the benefits and appeal of smart systems, including microgrids and appliances that can be controlled by phones. Smart Neighborhood, a community of 62 homes, is a partnership among the utility, developer Signature … [Read more...]

White Plains Microgrid Seeks NY Clean Community Funds & Other Quick News

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Next Steps for White Plains Microgrid in Planning with Hitachi The City of White Plains says it will seek state clean energy community funds to help develop a microgrid with Hitachi. White Plains was recently designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The designation highlights … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids Win $7M from Washington State Clean Energy Fund

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Two utility microgrids – one under development by Avista and the other by the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) – yesterday received $3.5 million each from the state Clean Energy Fund. The utility microgrids are part of a larger push by the state to develop grid modernization models that can be replicated elsewhere. Issued … [Read more...]

Time to Worry? A Memo from Washington Shakes the Advanced Energy Industries

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The Advanced Energy Economy warns that a recent memo sent by Department of Energy was a "shot across the bow," aimed at advanced energy technologies, like microgrids, solar, and energy storage. A funny thing happened on April 14. In a simple memo directing the Department of Energy to conduct a short-term study, the Trump Administration … [Read more...]

How Fuel Cell Microgrids Improve Electric Reliability

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The frequency and duration of power outages is on the rise. This excerpt from, “Fuel Cell Microgrids: The Path to Lower Cost, Higher Reliability Cleaner Energy," explains how fuel cell microgrids keep the power flowing. The digital world we live in not only makes us more dependent on electric power, but also increases our vulnerability to … [Read more...]

FuelCell Energy Signs Deal to Serve Connecticut Military Base

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FuelCell Energy this week struck a deal with a group of Connecticut public power utilities to install a 7.4 MW fuel cell that will serve a U.S. submarine base in Groton. The fuel cell installation is part of a larger plan by the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC) to support US Department of Defense goals to add resiliency … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrids for National Security: Study Finds 17 GW Could Fortify US Military Bases

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Researchers at Michigan Technological University look at use of solar microgrids for national security. They find that the US has the technological capability to install the 17 GW needed to fortify military bases. Distributed microgrid tech can secure the electrical grids at military bases to reduce the impact of cyberattacks, physical … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Kicks off New Microgrid Effort. Offers Grants for Microgrid Feasibility Studies

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Already a draw for distributed energy projects, Massachusetts added a sweetener last week by making funds available for microgrid feasibility studies. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) issued a 'request for expressions of interest' seeking teams to develop community microgrids. Three to five applicants will each win $75,000 … [Read more...]