Microgrids: The Key to Power Resiliency

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There are a variety of both practical and technical considerations to take into consideration while advancing power resiliency through microgrids. But you know what’s even more expensive than advancement? Power disruptions. In fact, according to Eaton’s Blackout Tracker Annual Report, electric outages cost the economy $150 billion annually and … [Read more...]

Power Grid Cybersecurity Risks: It’s Not Only the Russians

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It's not only the Russians who pose risks to power grid cybersecurity. While they do pose some risks, there are more serious threats, especially to unprotected small- to mid-size energy companies, says a new report from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT). “There's a lot of hype surrounding the cybersecurity of the energy … [Read more...]

What Makes Hospital Microgrids Efficient and Green?

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This is the fourth article in a series that looks at hospital microgrids and how they create more resilient communities and open the door to more reliable, clean, lower cost energy for healthcare facilities. Hospitals have been ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability planning. As early as 2013, nearly 90 percent of hospitals said … [Read more...]

Another University Microgrid Goes Live, this One in Bridgeport, Connecticut

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Another university microgrid is live, this one in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the latest as higher education continues to show itself as a lead mover in microgrids. The project uses a 1.4 MW fuel cell provided by Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy. “This is a win-win for all,” said Neil Salonen, president of UB, which has 400 full and … [Read more...]

Big Players Spin the Wheel for the $45B Energy Storage Jackpot

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Players in the booming energy storage market are like contestants running the board on "Jeopardy” before solving the puzzle on "Wheel of Fortune.” Investors are taking risks and companies are striking deals in rapid rounds, chasing a big jackpot that is expected to reach $20.5 billion (Navigant Research) to $45 billion (AES) globally by … [Read more...]

A Look at the 13 New Jersey Microgrid Projects that Won State Funding

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Thirteen New Jersey microgrid projects won state funding for feasibility studies in late June. Here are details of their plans, supplied by the Board of Public Utilities, including the incentive amounts, time expected to complete the feasibility studies and description of the microgrid projects. See related story about these microgrid projects: … [Read more...]

California Bill Aims to Help Befuddled Cities, Towns Permit Energy Storage Quickly

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With hundreds of small-scale energy storage applications expected in response to California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program, a new bill aims to help confused cities, towns and counties permit energy storage systems efficiently. Sponsored by the California Energy Storage Alliance, AB 546 would create a handbook of best practices for … [Read more...]

How to Design and Island a Microgrid Safely

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The ability to island a microgrid safely is crucial to one of its essential missions -- delivering reliable power to critical facilities during a power outage. This, in fact, is a primary driver for microgrids’ growing popularity among public and private institutions. The team at Eaton is focused on leveraging the knowledge and expertise … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Energy Storage Target Comes with Less Clout but More Money

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Massachusetts' new energy storage target isn't mandatory as some industry players had hoped -- but comes with more money. The state Department of Energy Resources (DOER) on Friday announced the much-awaited specifics of the program. The state called for utilities to secure 200 MWh of energy storage by 2020. But the target is “aspirational” -- … [Read more...]

What are Healthcare Microgrids and How Can They Make Your Community More Resilient?

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This is second article in a series that looks at how healthcare microgrids open the door to more reliable, clean, lower cost energy in hospitals, and more resilient communities.  Society has grown increasingly aware of the electric grid’s vulnerabilities. And with that awareness has come investigation into technologies that can protect our … [Read more...]