Massachusetts Plans to Identify Microgrid Opportunities Statewide

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Massachusetts intends to identify microgrid opportunities statewide, mirroring work done on a more concentrated level by the City of Boston, according to state clean energy officials. Stephen Pike, CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), and Galen Nelson, a senior director at the center, described the state’s microgrid strategy … [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...]

Duke Energy Applies to Interconnect Microgrid Testbed for Energy Export

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Duke Energy applied for regulatory approval this week to interconnect its Mount Holly microgrid testbed for energy export. The utility requested permission for a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (No. E-7, SUB 1124). The testbed is used by the 25-member Coalition of the Willing … [Read more...]

The Real Magic of Microgrid Controllers: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

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Microgrid controllers are the talk of the industry because of their growing sophistication. The best of them infuse genius into generators, batteries and other pieces of the microgrid that would otherwise be dumb and inflexible. Microgrid controllers can forecast, figure and optimize -- faster than any human being – to leverage these … [Read more...]

Microgrids Aren’t Being Built Fast Enough: Hurricane Matthew

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Hurricane Matthew made a blunt case for microgrids last week as it toppled thousands of electric poles and wires across four states in a cascade that left millions without electricity, some even a week later. Arriving about a month shy of the four-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Matthew again reminded the U.S. why interconnected grids and … [Read more...]

Lower Microgrid Risk with Utility-Proven Technology and Services

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Justin Day of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) explains how to minimize microgrid risk with vetted equipment from experienced professionals. Risk is unavoidable when implementing a microgrid. Because of the complexity involved, projects can be delayed, budgets exceeded and equipment can fail or misoperate. The marketplace can also feel … [Read more...]

Avista to Test Economic Model for Utility Microgrids

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Avista plans to demonstrate that investing in utility microgrids is good for all ratepayers. The Washington-based utility and its partners this week outlined plans to test the economic case for utility microgrids with a $7 million project. The microgrid is part of a larger smart cities initiative in Spokane. Heather Rosentrater, Avista vice … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrids in Nepal…School Microgrid in Sonoma County..Microgrid Investment in the Azores

Solar microgrids are bringing reliable power to three remote villages in Nepal, a country where nearly a quarter of the population has no access to electricity. With a combined capacity of 35 kW and battery storage, the solar microgrids installed in the Okhaldhunga and Khotang districts will provide round-the-clock power to some 540 people, … [Read more...]

Integrating Run-of-the-River Hydropower into a Microgrid for Reliability

The Idaho National Laboratory is studying integrating run-of-the-river hydropower into a microgrid to make the city of Idaho Falls' municipal power distribution more reliable. The $1 million, 2-year collaboration with the city of Idaho Falls was prompted by a December 2013 outage that left the city blacked out for hours in subzero … [Read more...]

Transportable Microgrids for the Military and Other Quick Microgrid News

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The National  Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) reports that is researching a transportable microgrid  with the help of other federal labs, the military, Tesla, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratory and Distributed Utility Associates. This transportable microgrid, which includes energy storage, is being designed for use at military bases. The goal is to … [Read more...]