Military Microgrid: Fort Bliss Case Study

Fort Bliss located in El Paso, Texas is a military microgrid featuring an Energy Storage System from Princeton Power Systems. Overview: Princeton Power Systems provided its Energy Storage System (ESS) as a back-up source and energy resource for a new microgrid system at the U.S. Army’s Fort Bliss in Texas. Princeton Power Systems is the … [Read more...]

Demand Response World Forum Oct. 13-15 Looks at DR's Role in Grid Modernization

Energy professionals from around the world will gather for the Demand Response World Forum 2014 in Costa Mesa, California, October 13-15 .  The international event will explore the latest automated demand response (ADR) technologies and strategies for meeting the changing energy landscape of the 21st Century. Over 40 speakers will join technology … [Read more...]

How to Get Solar and Energy Efficiency to Play Nice  

The solar and energy efficiency industries often are seen as brethren in the clean energy cause. But in truth, they are competitors. Energy efficiency undercuts solar profits. The more efficient a home or building, the fewer solar panels it needs. As a result, it’s difficult to get solar installers to abide by the oft-stated recommendation that … [Read more...]

Utilities Should Follow This Example to Support EV Use

How does NV Energy use EVs to generate new electricity sales? And what economic benefits are the company's customers reaping? In this podcast, Mike Salisbury, transportation program associate with Southwest Energy Efficiency Project describes what the company is doing right — and what's needed from states to boost EV use. … [Read more...]

Who Pushes Community Solar Now? Utilities!

The number of community solar projects has jumped by 64 percent in just the last 18 months, says a new study by the Solar Electric Power Association. And leading the charge are, believe it or not, utilities. Utilities have or are developing 87 percent of all community solar programs now online, 60 percent of active and planned community solar … [Read more...]

Will New Hampshire be the Next to Pursue Microgrids in the Northeast?

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New Hampshire may soon be charting a course toward electric grid modernization – and microgrids – if it follows the advice in a 10-year energy strategy issued by the state Office of Energy & Planning. The advisory agency recently recommended that the Public Utilities Commission investigate grid modernization, in keeping with similar action … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Awards $7M for Community Microgrid & Resiliency Projects

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Massachusetts last week awarded $7.4 million for community microgrid and resiliency projects, part of a larger $40 million program aimed at preventing power outages that could jeopardize critical services in towns and cities. Six clean energy projects received the first round of grants from the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative. “This … [Read more...]

Oak Park Moves Ahead with $3M Community Microgrid; Hires Pecan Street

The village board of Oak Park, Ill. has selected Pecan Street via a competitive bid to provide technical support for a community microgrid that will include 200 houses and residential buildings. Called the Oak Park Smart City USA Project, the $3 million demonstration microgrid will incorporate solar, batteries and home energy management systems … [Read more...]

Lessons for Cities Considering Community Microgrids

We can’t always count on electrical grids – as recent events like Superstorm Sandy have made painfully clear. Electrical power distribution systems do fail, and sometimes for long periods of time. That’s why community microgrids with energy storage are vital to keep power flowing to critical services, those that provide health care, energy and … [Read more...]

Canadian and South Korean Utilities Pair to Work on Microgrid Demonstration

Ontario utility PowerStream and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) have struck a deal to work together on a microgrid demonstration project. The pair signed a memorandum of understanding September 23 to  develop a large-scale model that can be used to advance microgrid and smart grid technologies in utility systems worldwide. The MOU sets … [Read more...]