Modular Microgrids: Are They the Future, Will They Liberate Microgrids?

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Modular microgrids are on their way in. In fact, they boast so many benefits they could liberate microgrids. And why exactly do microgrids need to be liberated? It's all spelled out in a Navigant Research whitepaper, "Liberating Microgrids (and All DER)," commissioned by Spirae, which markets a microgrid control platforms. The problem, … [Read more...]

Textbook Cry for Microgrid Solution: Storms, No Lights, High Costs in NY Town

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Storms keep coming, power goes out too often, and energy prices are high says Jefferson County, New York.  It is the textbook cry for a microgrid solution. The northern New York community described its problems in a feasibility study filed with the NY Prize, a state-sponsored competition to spur microgrid development. The community is … [Read more...]

Microgrid-enabling Technologies Market May Reach $155 Billion in Less than a Decade

As demand for microgrids grows, so does the need for microgrid-enabling technologies -- the various systems and components that let the microgrid generate power and store it, supply customers, and connect and disconnect from the grid. These technologies include diesel generators, natural gas generators, fuel cells, solar PV, distributed wind, … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency MicroNews: California ISO, SWEEP, Johnson Controls

 This week in energy efficiency news… The California Independent System Operator laid the path for advancing low-carbon demand response and energy efficiency in a recent report, “Demand Response and Energy Efficiency Roadmap: Maximizing Preferred Resources."  The roadmap builds upon California’s progressive policies that promote microgrids, … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency MicroNews: Navigant Research, Opower, Tecogen, USGBC, ASHRAE, Kiva.org

Shipments of advanced sensors for smart buildings will grow from 1.8 million units in 2013 to 28.4 million by 2020, according to a new report from Navigant Research. Efforts to make buildings smarter and more energy efficient have given rise to a new class of advanced sensors, allowing building systems to better anticipate and respond to changing … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency MicroNews: Philips, The Department of Energy, Axion Power, Panasonic, Larson Electronics, Tecogen, Clevest Solutions, U.S. General Services Administration Energy Division

This week in energy efficiency news… Philips signed a ten-year performance lighting contract with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to upgrade the lighting in 25 parking garages. The upgrade includes over 13,000 lighting fixtures that will be converted to a custom-designed LED lighting solution and will reduce energy usage … [Read more...]

MicroNews: National Grid, Tecogen, Phillips, FirstFuel, Schneider Electric

This week in energy efficiency news…   National Grid, Worcester, Mass., opened its Sustainability Hub, a hands-on educational facility that showcases energy efficiency and emerging technology to its customers and the surrounding community. With exhibits and demonstrations created by Blue Hive, the Sustainability Hub aims to educate customers … [Read more...]