‘Non-Transmission Alternatives’ Offer Opportunity for Microgrids and Local Energy

The term ‘non-transmission alternative’ may sound wonky to some. But to companies that work with microgrids, distributed energy, energy efficiency and the like, it sounds like opportunity. The term refers to installing smaller, local energy technology instead of new transmission infrastracture to alleviate congestion. Several states see … [Read more...]

Microgrids in India to Avert Electricity Loss…Princeton Power Scores…Veolia in Ithaca

We hear a lot about the need for microgrids in India where remote villages lack access to the central grid. But it appears that microgrids could help out India’s central grid as well. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported last week that India has among the world’s highest electricity line losses – the disappearance of electricity … [Read more...]

No Place to Plug In: Welcome to the Age of Socket Insecurity

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America is good at making enough electricity to serve its increasingly plugged-in economy.  Ample juice is flowing. Problem is, there is no place to plug in. We are becoming a nation beset by socket insecurity. Watch the weary traveler in almost any airport, on the hunt for a charging kiosk to save his cell phone before its final tweet. … [Read more...]

NRG EVgo and Princeton Power Systems Showcase the Future of Green EV Charging at Solar Decathlon

An electrical socket is probably the most disinteresting technology in any home. But place a charging system in a city parking lot for the first time -- one meant for an electric vehicle -- and you’ll inevitably find people standing around marveling. And for good reason. EVs promise to radically change transportation. Creating efficient and … [Read more...]

Annobon Island Microgrid: Case Study

A microgrid case study: The Annobon Island Microgrid, a reliable and cost-effective island microgrid. Annobon Province, an island off Equatorial Guinea in west central Africa, has a population of approximately 5,000 residents. The residents only have reliable electricity for up to five hours per day and spend an average of 15-20 percent of their … [Read more...]

Latest on the Electric Grid Revolution in California and New York

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Revolutions seem to take forever, and then happen overnight. The electric grid revolution is still in the forever stage. But California and New York covered some big ground over the last couple of weeks. The two states are moving toward a decentralized, more democratic, less monopolized electric grid, one where energy markets are open to the … [Read more...]

How the California Drought Affects Energy Storage and Microgrid Markets

California's water worries prompted the state to require utilities to acquire unprecedented amounts of energy storage. Similar worries could prompt other states to support solar and storage to help ease drought problems. And that will help boost the storage and microgrid markets, says Darren Hammell, co-founder and chief strategy officer for … [Read more...]

US Company Sees Opportunity for Energy Projects in Cuba…Once the Politics Settle

The power flickered off four times in the 2 ½ hours that Darren Hammell waited at Cuba’s Santa Clara airport for his return flight to the United States last month. This departing experience underscored what he had learned on his trip: There is work for U.S. energy companies in the Caribbean's largest island. But how quickly that work … [Read more...]

Chasing Energy Storage: Can Policy Keep up with Markets?

With energy storage advancing quickly in the electric power industry, policy finds itself chasing markets. The rules of the road have yet to be sorted out, yet energy storage already is racing ahead. Energy storage companies are announcing deals, partnerships, financing,  innovations and new customers almost daily. “Since 2013, the market had … [Read more...]

Another Win for Princeton Power Systems with NYC Energy Storage

Princeton Power Systems has hit it out of the park again with another high visibility project, this time in Manhattan where energy storage will be installed in luxury buildings and then aggregated to bolster the electric grid. The project will use the GTIB-100 bi-directional converters produced by the New Jersey-based company, which designs and … [Read more...]