Sustainable Microgrid Technologies for the Next Generation: University of Missouri

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Sustainable microgrid technologies are helping the University of Missouri achieve its carbon reduction goals. We explain the evolution of the microgrid in this excerpt from Gas Turbine Microgrids: Reliability and Sustainability through Intelligence. The University of Missouri (Mizzou) has been able to reduce its coal consumption by 73 … [Read more...]

Hybrid Microgrid in Italy to Include Concentrating Solar Power

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Development is underway on the Italian island of Sardinia of a 1.2 MW hybrid microgrid that incorporates concentrating solar power (CSP), a diversion from the more common use of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in microgrids. CSP condenses the sun's rays into a small area, typically through use of mirrors or lenses, to produce heat and steam for … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Utilities? Washington, D.C. is Asking

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In a newly launched grid modernization initiative, the District of Columbia is wrangling with the question: Are microgrids utilities? The question arises as the district’s Public Service Commission begins exploring how the nation’s capital city can create a more sustainable and reliable electric grid. In a report issued last week (Docket … [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...]

Maryland Offers $4M in Combined Heat and Power Grants

The Maryland Energy Administration is now accepting applications for combined heat and power grants to be used by industrial and critical infrastructure facilities. The state plans to make $4.025 million available for CHP installations. Of that $1.525 million will go toward industrial CHP, $1.5 million for critical facilities and $1 million for … [Read more...]

Where Do We Go Now, Energy Efficiency Community?

Not so long ago compact flourescent lights were transformational. Today they are pretty much what many people pick up at the store when they need lights (unless they are buying LEDs.) So what will the next phase of energy efficiency look like? That’s the question asked and answered in a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient … [Read more...]

Organizations Sign International MOU to Boost District Energy and Combined Heat and Power

District energy and combined heat and power received an international boost with a recent agreement between the International District Energy Association (IDEA) and key organizations in Korea, China, Europe and the Mongol Government. US-based IDEA signed the memorandum of agreement with the Korea District Heating & Cooling Association, the … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Instead of a New Natural Gas Pipeline for New England?

In energy circles, it’s been a given for years that New England lacks adequate natural gas pipeline. Calls to build more pipeline heightened after natural gas prices soared in the bitter cold winters of 2012/13 and 2013/14. But a new report sponsored by GDF Suez Energy North America challenges the need for the pipeline, in part because of New … [Read more...]

How the Clean Power Plan Will Spur More Microgrids…Eventually

The Clean Power Plan is likely to spur more microgrid development, offering a new and different kind of public policy support for these mini-versions of the larger grid. But not overnight. Announced by the Environmental Protection Agency this week, the rule requires that states come up with plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from electric power … [Read more...]

A New York Town Creates a Community Microgrid from Existing Energy Infrastructure

  The following is an excerpt from Community Microgrids, A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy, the latest guide in EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com's Think Microgrid series. Jamestown, New York, offers a good example of a community microgrid design that begins by incorporating existing energy … [Read more...]