The Value of Energy Storage in Microgrids

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, application director of microgrids at S&C Electric Company, highlights the value of energy storage in microgrids.  Electric utilities as well as commercial and industrial users are reevaluating the way they produce, distribute, and consume power, straying away from the traditional and … [Read more...]

Energy Storage in Infrastructure Modernization? Yes and Here’s Why

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Roads and bridges may be what comes to mind for a lot of people when they hear about federal infrastructure improvements. But batteries and other advanced energy storage devices should be on the list too. That’s the word from the Energy Storage Association and 52 private companies and business associations in a letter this week urging … [Read more...]

Commonwealth Edison Makes Move into Community Energy Storage

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Commonwealth Edison, a leader on community microgrids, is now making a move into the fledgling arena of community energy storage as well. The Exelon subsidiary Thursday announced the first of what are expected to be multiple pilot projects that use batteries to improve electric reliability for communities. ComEd is focusing on areas prone to … [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...]

Creating a Smart City? Do this First

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Creating a smart city without first building a smart grid is a recipe for trouble. Power outages and an automated society are not friends. Unfortunately, this basic fact gets obscured by the shiny objects smart cities promise: electric vehicles that find their own parking spaces, intelligent streetlights that double as safety patrols, … [Read more...]

From DistribuTECH: How S&C Electric Averted 1.2B Minutes of Power Outages

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We live in an age of technology razzle dazzle. But when it comes to electricity, bottom line success is measured simply. Is the power flowing or not? So it’s apt that one of the first big numbers out of Distributech, a major electric industry trade show, has to do with electric reliability. Chicago-based S&C Electric is reporting from … [Read more...]

Building Unintentional Microgrids on Purpose

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, S&C Electric's David Chiesa explains the phenomenon of unintentional microgrids.  Last year, I began to notice an emerging trend in the microgrid market: unintentional, or accidental, microgrids. This is an instance where nearly all the parts of a microgrid already exist on a utility’s grid and can … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids Steeply Cut Energy Costs Says New Study

Military microgrids open the door to steep electricity cost cuts at U.S. bases, and even create free energy in some cases, says a new Pew Charitable Trusts report. “Power Begins at Home: Assured Energy for U.S. Military Bases” describes research into the financial benefits of installing more microgrids at bases nationwide. The Department of … [Read more...]

A Steady Ride Up for the Microgrid Market in 2017?

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For infrastructure companies in the microgrid market, 2016 at times was like a roller coaster ride. Prospects rose with announcements like AEP’s to invest $52 million to build 8-10 utility microgrids as part of the Columbus, Ohio smart city. Lows came with regulatory and legislative defeat of utility microgrids in Illinois and Maryland and a … [Read more...]

Inside Microgrids: Accidental Microgrids, Solar and Electric Vehicles

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Accidental microgrids here? We find ourselves increasingly on the lookout for unintentional or accidental microgrids, since the concept was introduced on Microgrid Knowledge by David Chiesa of S&C Electric. It looks like a new partnership between National Grid and Sunrun could create accidental microgrids. Accidental microgrids are not … [Read more...]