Grid Modernization Slow in Massachusetts: Where are the Microgrids?

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Massachusetts is coming up short in its five-year grid modernization effort, according to several stakeholder groups who recently filed comments on utility plans being reviewed by state regulators. At issue is the lack of innovation and vision by Massachusetts utilities, which some critics say will impede the state’s ability to accommodate … [Read more...]

Connecticut Offers Latest Funds from the $1.02B LREC & ZREC Program; Potential Microgrid Revenue

Connecticut’s investor-owned utilities have issued a request for proposals seeking low and zero emissions renewable credits (LREC/ZREC), which offer potential revenue for microgrids and other clean energy projects. State law requires that Eversource and United Illuminating make $1.02 billion in LREC and ZREC purchases from clean energy projects … [Read more...]

Mother Nature Maps Where We Need Microgrids (Again)

Mother Nature keeps hammering home where we need microgrids. Last week it happened again. More than 1.7 million electric customers lost power February 23-24 when a major storm swept the Eastern U.S. and Canada, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Assurance Daily. The storm was an example of the all-to-common pounding of wind, … [Read more...]

Microgrids Still Just R&D for Massachusetts Utilities?

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Microgrids are typically considered a key element of today's grid modernization. But not so much in recent Massachusetts utility plans. Microgrids are relatively scant -- largely pilot or R&D proposals -- in recent grid modernization plans that Massachusetts utilities filed with the state. The proposals are signficant because they … [Read more...]