Addressing the Soft Costs of Going Solar and Other Quick Microgrid News

soft cost of going solar

SolSmart designation recognizes solar cities, addresses soft costs of going solar The new SolSmart designation program, from the ICMA and The Solar Foundation, will recognize leading solar cities and local governments that "cut the red tape," taking action to foster solar market growth. “The role of local governments in building stronger and … [Read more...]

RMI: Live from the E-Lab Accelerator—The Path to Energy Resilience

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The Rocky Mountain Institute's Kelly Vaughn describes cutting-edge energy resilience projects displayed at this year's 'boot camp for electricity innovation.'  re·sil·ience: The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. Energy resilience means … [Read more...]

Bypassing Utility Models for Clean, Smart Microgrids in Emerging Markets

decentralized energy attracts less funding

Energy project developers are just beginning to see the advantages of bypassing the old and “messy” electricity infrastructure in favor of clean, smart microgrids in developing countries. That was one of Haresh Patel’s observations about the information gleaned from developers for its latest Mercatus Global Advanced Energy Insights … [Read more...]

What Does a Microgrid Cost?

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When asked, “What does a microgrid cost?” ABB’s Nathan Adams responds, “What does a house cost?” Just as houses span from builder basic to celebrity mansion, microgrids range in size and sophistication. Or as S&C Electric’s David Chiesa puts it: “If you’ve seen one microgrid…you’ve seen one microgrid.” So there is no quick and simple … [Read more...]

Community Energy Storage Storage for Cleaner, Lower-Cost Electricity

More and more utilities, equipment manufacturers, and others are working to develop energy storage in households and businesses that can help make the electricity grid cleaner and cheaper. And many of these are eager to share their experiences and insights, as shown by the enthusiastic response to the “Community Storage Initiative,” which has … [Read more...]

Con Edison Looks to Distributed Energy Resources to Boost Revenue

Consolidated Edison plans to test new utility revenue streams by boosting customer use of distributed energy resources, as part of Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). Under Con Edison’s “Connected Homes” REV Demo Project, the utility wants to increase the use of distributed energy resources and energy saving products. The utility will use Opower's … [Read more...]

US Senate Passes Bill that Supports Grid-Connected and Hybrid Microgrids

A broad energy bill passed this week by the U.S. Senate would boost hybrid microgrids and attempt to remove barriers to grid-connected microgrids within regional transmission organizations (RTOs). The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S. 2012) is the first major energy bill passed by the Senate in almost a decade. It now goes on to … [Read more...]

ABB Shows Microgrid-Like Future with Solar Plane & Other Quick Microgrid News

flying microgrid

Microgrid-like future takes flight Solar Impulse, an ABB-backed solar plane, took off from Hawaii this week to demonstrate what a microgrid-like future will look like. The plane is attempting a 40,000-kilometer flight around the world using solar power and battery energy storage. “We had to build an aircraft with an extremely efficient grid: … [Read more...]

Imagining Broader Microgrid Opportunities

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Dick Munson of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) lays out broader microgrid opportunities -- beyond reliability and environmental wins -- that could make microgrids a critical piece of a smarter energy future. Localized power grids that have the ability to disconnect from the main, centralized grid – known as microgrids – have become one of … [Read more...]

Updated: New York Launches Next Stage of $40M NY Prize

NY Prize

New York has issued the second NY Prize request for proposals, this one offering $8 million from the $40 million pot designated to spur community microgrid development in the state. One of the most watched microgrid opportunities in North America, the NY Prize attracted 147 microgrid proposals in its first phase last year. From those proposals … [Read more...]