Microgrids Aren’t Being Built Fast Enough: Hurricane Matthew


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

Veridian-Veridian unveils Tesla Powerwalls at corporate headquar

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...]

Community Energy Storage Storage for Cleaner, Lower-Cost Electricity

More and more utilities, equipment manufacturers, and others are working to develop energy storage in households and businesses that can help make the electricity grid cleaner and cheaper. And many of these are eager to share their experiences and insights, as shown by the enthusiastic response to the “Community Storage Initiative,” which has … [Read more...]

Con Edison Looks to Distributed Energy Resources to Boost Revenue

Consolidated Edison plans to test new utility revenue streams by boosting customer use of distributed energy resources, as part of Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). Under Con Edison’s “Connected Homes” REV Demo Project, the utility wants to increase the use of distributed energy resources and energy saving products. The utility will use Opower's … [Read more...]

New Study Concludes Getting 50% of NY's Electricity from Renewable Sources by 2030 is a Net Win

NRDC's Jackson Morris looks at the low cost and high value of procuring 50 percent of New York's electricity from renewable sources. In December, when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the state's Public Service Commission (PSC) to create a Clean Energy Standard (CES) that ensures New York gets 50 percent of its electricity from renewable … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency is Still Cheaper than Building Power Plants

Energy Efficiency is still cheaper Energy efficiency is still cheaper than building a new power plant. That's the word from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, which plans to release a report on the economics of 14 energy efficiency program administrators with particularly high energy savings. The forthcoming report finds the … [Read more...]

Evaporative Cooling or Mechanical Chilling: Which Works Best in Power Production?

Energy efficiency isn't just about how we use energy; it's also about how we produce it. Whether a power plant uses evaporative cooling or mechanical chilling can influence its efficiency. Sam Abdalla of Stellar Energy explains. If you’re outside working on a hot summer day, it’s inevitable that moisture will appear on your brow.  A dry breeze … [Read more...]

Why Do Americans Invest in Energy Efficiency?

Why do Americans invest in energy efficiency? Do they want to combat global warming, make their homes more comfortable, save money or take advantage of tax rebates? A survey of 2,100 Americans by Harris conducted for HomeServeUSA found that their top reason for investing in energy efficiency is to save money, says Myles Meehan,  a spokesman for … [Read more...]