‘Optimized Microgrid’ at Algonquin College Achieves Positive ROI

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An optimized microgrid at Algonquin College demonstrates how to be a showcase for sustainability and earn a positive return on investment, in this excerpt from our new report “How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced Microgrid Controller.” Algonquin College in Ontario, Canada is modeling how to become … [Read more...]

The Hybrid Microgrid Down Under…Lux Research Sees Distruptive Energy Ahead…Other Quick News

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Construction will begin in September on a hybrid microgrid in Coober Pedy, a remote town in the Australian outback where conditions are harsh. Two Senvion MM92 turbines will supply wind energy to the hybrid microgrid, which also will use solar and battery storage to help the community reduce its reliance on diesel fuel. The project has … [Read more...]

What Does Constellation’s Deal with ConEd Solutions Mean to its Microgrid Business?

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Exelon subsidiary Constellation, a competitive retail supplier that also has a microgrid business, has entered into an agreement to acquire the retail electricity and natural gas customers of ConEdison Solutions. Both companies have been focused for years on the sale of competitive retail supply and energy services. Constellation more recently … [Read more...]

Community Microgrid Project Profile: From Disaster to Opportunity in Freeport, NY

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Freeport, a village in New York, hopes to bring greater electric reliability to homes, businesses and critical facilities with a $35 million community microgrid. The Long Island community has proposed the project as part of NY Prize, a state-sponsored competition to encourage microgrid development. The downtown microgrid would serve 106 … [Read more...]

A Flying Microgrid Rounds the World on Solar

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ABB's President and CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer describes the significance of Solar Impulse, a plane that is essentially a flying microgrid, completing its round-the-world journey using no fossil fuels. The solar-powered plane finished the trip July 23 in Abu Dhabi. Solar Impulse has made history by completing the first flight around the world in a … [Read more...]

Living Lab for Advanced Microgrids in Sonoma…Elon Musk: “Not Some Silly, Hippy Thing”…National EV Charging Coming

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California farm creates living lab for advanced microgrids Positioning itself as a living laboratory for advanced microgrids, California’s Stone Edge Farm says it's ready to explore all six of the markets that the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) plans to open to distributed energy. That’s the word from Craig Wooster, manager of … [Read more...]

PEER as an Incentive for Microgrids

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Jeffrey Karp, Morgan Gerard and Van Hilderbrand of Sullivan and Worcester describe the value of PEER, a resiliency certification, and how it can act as an incentive for microgrids in places like Washington, DC. Electricity-grid vulnerabilities were deeply exposed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and its associated storm surge, as a single … [Read more...]

Microgrid Project Profile: Protecting Coastal Communities in Hempstead, NY

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The Town of Hempstead, NY wants to build a microgrid project to ensure power supply for emergency services in two coastal communities that are vulnerable to storms. The $2.66 million microgrid would provide back-up generation in case of a utility outage in Point Lookout and Lido Beach. Severe coastal storms tend to knock out power to the … [Read more...]

The Role of the Advanced Microgrid Controller in Microgrid Financing

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The advanced microgrid controller is the brain of the system, the software that determines how a microgrid can achieve best economics, and therefore become more bankable. Siemens models how an advanced controller derives value in this excerpt from our report: “How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced … [Read more...]

Japan Proposes Microgrid Project in the Philippines…How to Write an Energy Storage RFP… and Other Quick News

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Tokyo Electric Power Company proposes 1-MW island microgrid project in the Philippines The Japanese government has proposed a 1-MW microgrid project in the Philippines. As reported by the  Catanduanes Tribune, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) -- the largest power supplier in Japan -- selected Catanduanes' capital town of Virac for the … [Read more...]