Pennsylvania Tackles a Big One: Who Pays for Utility Microgrids?

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Pennsylvania is the now the center of a pivotal, national industry debate over who pays for utility microgrids, with the introduction of legislation into the General Assembly that gives utilities a path to recover costs. HB 1412 allows utilities to recover costs within customer rates for microgrids and energy storage projects. Rep. Stephen … [Read more...]

The Growing Problem of Momentary Power Outages: What Can Utilities Do?

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S&C Electric's US President Michael Edmonds talks about a problem not caught by old-school reliability measures -- momentary power outages that disrupt sensitive equipment. The problem is growing, he says. The cause may surprise you. Utilities for years have worked hard to improve their performance, and they have some stories of success … [Read more...]

Ameren Microgrid Goes Live as First in Utility Cybersecurity

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The Ameren Microgrid, a complex cybersecure microgrid, is now live and operating adjacent to the University of Illinois in Champaign. Developed by Ameren Illinois, the 1.475 MW test project is being described by the utility and a key partner as one of the most technologically advanced utility-scale microgrids in North America. In addition to … [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...]

Why Energy Storage May be Bigger than You Think

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Three decades ago when the Energy Storage Association tried to galvanize support it drew 35 people to the room. Last week, at its annual conference in Denver, there were near 2,000. Sure, they came because battery prices are dropping and energy storage pairs nicely with oh-so-popular solar. But something bigger is afoot here, something the size … [Read more...]

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...]