Bigger is Not Better: Grid Modernization and the Antiquated Concept of ‘Baseload’

The US electric grid is having its smart phone moment. Will the federal government get in the way? That’s the worry of clean energy groups that are arming themselves with research on grid modernization. The groups are responding to an April 14 memo where U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry questions policy that encourages renewable and … [Read more...]

Clarkson Avenue Microgrid Designed for Brooklyn Medical Corridor

Clarkson Avenue Microgrid

Here we profile the Clarkson Avenue Microgrid project, as part of a series of occasional articles about NY Prize winners, based on their detailed applications to the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). Given the critical nature of their services, hospitals are prime candidates for microgrids. Maintaining a … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Tackles a Big One: Who Pays for Utility Microgrids?

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Pennsylvania is the now the center of a pivotal, national industry debate over who pays for utility microgrids, with the introduction of legislation into the General Assembly that gives utilities a path to recover costs. HB 1412 allows utilities to recover costs within customer rates for microgrids and energy storage projects. Rep. Stephen … [Read more...]

Quick News: FuelCell Energy & Trinity College, Grid Mod, Siemens & Smart Grid, Hybrid Gensets

FuelCell Energy gets Trinity College microgrid-ready FuelCell Energy has executed a power purchase agreement with Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, to install a 1.4 MW microgrid-ready fuel cell power plant. The college, which serves 2,200 students on a 100-acre campus, expects to save about 30 percent in annual energy costs through … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Power Outages: A Guide for Utilities to Do More With Less Using an Advanced Distribution Management System

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Sally Jacquemin, Software Solutions Manager, Siemens Digital Grid,  shares a 'tale of two power outages,' and explains how utilities can do more with less using an advanced distribution management system.  Today’s distribution grid is characterized by evolving complexity. More and more resources are … [Read more...]

Distributed Generation Monitoring & Control Helps Utilities Transition to the Prosumer Economy

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Michael Carlson, president of Siemens Digital Grid US, explains how distributed generation monitoring and control helps utilities transition to a prosumer economy.  The U.S. energy industry is in the middle of a significant transition. The status quo is shifting towards a more decentralized and dynamic … [Read more...]

US Microgrid Market Growing Faster than Previously Thought: New GTM Research

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The US microgrid market is growing faster than expected, fueled by a rise in new ownership configurations, says a report released today by GTM Research. GTM now forecasts that US microgrid capacity will reach 4.3 GW by 2020, up from the research firm’s estimate last quarter of 3.71 GW. The US currently has about 160 microgrids with 1,649 MW of … [Read more...]

Renewable Energy: Siemens Microgrid

Renewable Energy

Distributed generation located close to demand delivers electricity with minimal losses. This power may therefore have a higher value than power coming from large, central conventional generators through the traditional utility transmission and distribution infrastructure. With the use of renewable energy generation, the dependency on fossil fuels … [Read more...]

Microgrid Financing

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On October 29th, 2012, Superstorm Sandy slammed into New York City’s shoreline. In the days and weeks that followed, the New York City Subway system and all but one of the road tunnels entering Manhattan with severely flooded, entire neighborhoods were decimated and millions of customers in New York City and on Long Island lost power – many for … [Read more...]

Energy Modernization through Microgrids

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The utility industry is in the midst of energy modernization efforts that ramped up in large part following the Northeast Blackout of 2003. The massive blackout, a wake up call to utilities and consumers alike, compounded the concerns about climate change, the burgeoning population and scarcity of natural resources. The blackout spurred the … [Read more...]