Newport, Rhode Island’s Microgrid Ambitions: Small City, Small State, Big Plans

Rhode Island's microgrid

There is nothing small about Rhode Island’s microgrid ambitions. The state has hired a consultant to develop a statewide microgrid project. The project wrapped up at year end 2016, and the report on that effort is being compiled and is expected by the end of April. But even before the state began looking at microgrids, the city of Newport … [Read more...]

California Seeks to Put a Monetary Value on Microgrid Reliability, Other Benefits

value on microgrid reliability

How do you place a monetary value on microgrid reliability and other benefits, such as providing greenhouse gas reductions and boosting public confidence? That's just one of the many issues being explored as the California Energy Commission (CEC) continues to map out microgrid policy in a series of workshops. As part of the … [Read more...]

Key Factors to Reliable Microgrid Control System Integration

Scot Manson, SEL

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, covers the key factors behind reliable microgrid control system integration.  Making the microgrids of tomorrow as reliable as the conventional macrogrid power systems of today is a significant challenge. Microgrids capable of islanded operation must … [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...]

Sungrow Connects China’s Largest Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Project…Plus News from CALMAC & EHT

microgrid project

China's largest solar plus storage microgrid project up and running in Tibet  China’s largest solar plus storage microgrid project is now connected to the grid in a high-elevation area of Shuanghu. Located in China’s Tibet province, the microgrid -- powered by Sungrow -- includes 13 MW of PV inverters, 7 MW of energy storage inverters, and 23.5 … [Read more...]

Long Duration Storage Covers Range of Use Cases, Revenue Streams

A recent white paper from ESS focuses on the growing need to combine energy and power applications into a single flexible and valuable long-duration storage asset. What makes long duration storage, such as microgrid energy storage, so attractive is its availability to capture a wider range of use cases and potential revenue streams. The … [Read more...]

Microgrids Aren’t Being Built Fast Enough: Hurricane Matthew

energy storage and microgrids

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...]

Reciprocating Engines and Microgrids: A Natural Fit

reciprocating engines and microgrids

From the Microgrid Knowledge guide, Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: The Last Defense Against a Power Outage, this article looks at the natural fit between reciprocating engines and microgrids. Microgrids are not a new idea; in fact, there are microgrids that have been operating for decades. But it wasn’t until after Superstorm … [Read more...]

Con Edison Plans Virtual Power Plant in New York from 300 Homes… And Other Quick News

Consolidated Edison plans to create a virtual power plant in New York, formed from the largest residential distributed energy storage program in the U.S. This summer the utility will invite 300 New York homeowners to participate in the solar plus storage pilot project, which will integrate more than 1.8 MW of solar and some 1.8 MW (4 MWh) of … [Read more...]

Baltimore’s Landmark City Crescent Building Transformed

OpTerra Energy Services, a national energy services company, has successfully completed a project to dramatically reduce energy consumption for the landmark City Crescent Building located at 10 South Howard Street in downtown Baltimore. Employees working at the City Crescent Building will experience an increased quality of life and comfort through … [Read more...]