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...]

Ormat to Expand into Energy Storage and Demand Response by Acquiring Viridity

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Geothermal leader Ormat Technologies plans to diversify into energy storage and demand response with the $35 million acquisition of software and microgrid technology company Viridity Energy. The Nevada-based Ormat announced the deal today and hopes to close this year. Citing strong growth in energy storage, Ormat said the acquisition will … [Read more...]

Top 5 Microgrid White Papers of 2016

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Our library of microgrid white papers gives readers the chance to dive deeply into a range of distributed energy topics. What did our readers research the most in 2016? The most downloaded paper explored microgrid financing and how to achieve a maximum return with advanced controllers. Other microgrid white papers that drew significant … [Read more...]

Most Read Microgrid Articles in 2016 & the Companies Featured

most read microgrid articles

Our in-depth look at microgrid costs topped the list of most read microgrid articles in 2016.  Readers also showed strong interest in stories about large market players and state and federal policy. Companies featured in the top 10 include ABB, Caterpillar, S&C Electric, Siemens, GE, Hitachi and National Grid. Notably, the story, “Hitachi … [Read more...]

IPERC to Install Cybersecure Microgrid at Fort Belvoir

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The Department of Defense has selected IPERC (Intelligent Power & Energy Research Corporation) to design and install a multi-megawatt cybersecure microgrid at Fort Belvoir, VA. IPERC won the competitive selection as part of the military's FY16 Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) program. The program … [Read more...]

REV is in the Air. And the Microgrid Industry is Feeling the Love, Mostly.

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This month marks three years since New York began an industry-staggering move to decentralize the electric grid. For the microgrid industry, the policy -- known as Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) -- unlocked a host of new business possibilities. The scope of those opportunities – and the forces that still hinder them – became apparent this … [Read more...]