How about Microgrid Financing through Warehouse Credit?

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Solar took off once the industry started to use power purchase agreements and leasing.  What's the equivalent for microgrid financing? ‘Warehouse credit’ might be the answer for microgrids, energy storage and other resiliency projects, according to a new report by the Clean Energy Group, “Ramp Up Resilient Power Finance.” Widely used in … [Read more...]

Connecticut Releases $5.1M for Microgrid Solicitation Winners, Bridgeport and Milford

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Connecticut today released $5.1 million from its second microgrid solicitation to fund projects in Bridgeport and Milford. The funding was approved by the state Bond Commission, and will be made available to the projects pending achievement of specified milestones. Governor Dannel Malloy had announced the two winning projects in … [Read more...]

Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC) 101

Reed Brown, of the Alliance to Save Energy, explains the benefits of utility energy service contracts (UESC) and why their full worth isn't always recognized. The federal government is the nation’s largest energy consumer. One popular method that can help the government reduce consumption is through improved energy efficiency, which can produce … [Read more...]

The Race to Create the Brainiest Microgrid Controller: A Startup’s Story

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We are a culture enamored with David and Goliath stories about the high tech company started in a garage or dorm room that makes it big. In the energy world, the same kind of dynamic is arising. However, it involves not personal computers or social media, but the microgrid controller. The microgrid controller* is the mystique of local energy, … [Read more...]

Obama Visit Could Help Boost India’s Microgrid Market

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While the grid-connected market for clean energy in India is growing in leaps and bounds right now, the microgrid market is also advancing -- thanks in part to President Obama's recent visit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. That's the word from Anjali Jaiswal, director of NRDC's India Initiative. The main driver for India's microgrid market … [Read more...]

Microgrid Alliance Folds into Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid

The Microgrid Alliance (MGA), one of two microgrid advocacy organizations formed last year, has folded into a larger group, the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS). MGA and ADS announced the change Tuesday. They had already had a close connection in that Dan Delurey, CEO of ADS, has also served as MGA’s executive director. MGA … [Read more...]

Microgrid Case Study: Illinois Institute of Technology

In this microgrid case study we look at how the Illinois Institute of Technology increased power reliability and saved millions in electrical system upgrades by installing a smart microgrid. Background The Main Campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago was experiencing one to three major outages per year, each costing an … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Venture Capital: Who Got What?

So it may seem like energy storage is the big star these days. But it turns out that there were just as many energy efficiency venture capital deals  last year, according to a new report. CB Insights ranked energy efficiency and energy storage as tied for third place, along with green/environmental software, for venture capital deals in 2014. The … [Read more...]

Q&A with the New York Power Authority on Public and Private Sector Microgrids

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Public and private sector microgrids each play roles in keeping the lights on in a crisis. Kristin Barbato, vice president, Customer Energy Solutions at New York Power Authority (NYPA), recently spoke with marcus evans about the interplay of these resources, how to create more of them, and model projects. How can public sector microgrids be used … [Read more...]

How the Best States Support Energy Efficiency

What are states that support energy efficiency doing that other states are not? And the states that don't support energy efficiency--what are they doing wrong and why? Jeff Haydock, president and CEO of EcoCFO, a consulting firm, gives his point of view. He also explains what needs to be done to boost efficiency in general. … [Read more...]