Princeton Power Systems Reaches 500-Unit Milestone…Sign of Growing Local Energy Market

Here’s another sign of the growing microgrid and local energy market. Princeton Power Systems, famous for the Alcatraz project, is reporting today that it has now manufactured and delivered more than 500 units of its grid-tied converter. Princeton Power Systems (not to be confused with  Princeton University’s microgrid ) designs and and … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Energy Efficiency…or Some Other Animal?

microgrids energy efficiency

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy does not consider microgrids when it ranks states each year on energy efficiency polices. Microgrids would benefit from being included. State leaders exhibit quite a bit of pride in a high ranking on the scorecard; it’s a good motivational tool to encourage effective energy efficiency policy … [Read more...]

Story Update! NYPA Pursues Microgrids; Reinvents Its Mission for the New Grid

NYPA pursues microgrids

NYPA today provided updated information on where it is considering building microgrids. In addition to Riker's Island and Red Hook, mentioned below, the authority is studying use of microgrids at the Stony Brook University Research and Development Park on Long Island and the Empire State Plaza in Albany.  The New York Power Authority  is poised … [Read more...]

Wells Fargo Creates $10M Clean Energy Grant Program for Buildings

Wells Fargo has launched a $10 million clean energy grant program to foster early stage technologies that help commercial buildings save energy and improve their environmental performance. Part of the bank's Innovation Incubator (IN2) program, the  grant will be co-administered by the Department of Energy's  National Renewable Energy Laboratory … [Read more...]

Think Microgrid: The Local Energy Revolution

Think Energy

This week two years ago, Superstorm Sandy put the 'city that never sleeps at night' into a near coma, disrupting electric power in some parts of New York for two weeks. It was a painful lesson about the vulnerability of our electric grid, not just in New York, but throughout the Northeast. And it was a wake-up call for government leaders about the … [Read more...]

Causam Energy to Partner with SDF on Secure Node for Critical Infrastructure Protection Network

Causam Energy plans to partner with SDF Development (SDF) to construct a dedicated, secure facility for providing network, interconnection, monitoring and storage to enable critical infrastructure protection (CIP) for the Northern Virginia electric energy market. SDF is an entity formed by Thomas Darden and John Mazzarino, the co-­founders and … [Read more...]

Demand Response – An Effective Program To Reduce Costs And Help The Environment

Imagine getting paid, or otherwise compensated, for not using energy! It’s a reality these days, and it’s known as demand response. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission defines demand response as “actions voluntarily taken by a consumer to adjust the amount or timing of his energy consumption.” More utility companies offer demand response … [Read more...]

Utility 2.0: “REVolutionizing” the Use of Distributed Energy Resources

Utility 2.0

New York opened its “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) proceeding earlier this year to re-examine the utility business model. As part of this proceeding, state regulators will also look into removing market barriers preventing greater deployment of distributed energy resources (DER), which are smaller-scale clean energy resources, such as energy … [Read more...]

University of Massachusetts Medical Center

The University of Massachusetts Medical Center's combined heat and power system serves a 60-acre campus with a district energy loop. The campus expanded its system in 2010 and not only increased its capacty, but also its efficiency. In doing so, the center lowered its unit costs and improved its environmental profile. Here the university … [Read more...]

Montefiore Medical Center

New York's Montefiore Medical Center was one of the heroes of SuperStorm Sandy, thanks to its Solar Turbines' combined heat and power system. The power stayed on at Montefiore as the lights went out around it. Montefiore was able to serve not only its own patients, but also took-in newborns from another facility where back-up generators … [Read more...]