Avista to Test Economic Model for Utility Microgrids

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Avista plans to demonstrate that investing in utility microgrids is good for all ratepayers. The Washington-based utility and its partners this week outlined plans to test the economic case for utility microgrids with a $7 million project. The microgrid is part of a larger smart cities initiative in Spokane. Heather Rosentrater, Avista vice … [Read more...]

Microgrid Research: Building a Race Car While Racing in the Grand Prix

At the British Columbia Institute of Technology, researchers hope that their microgrid research will someday create a living lab that allows the entire campus to island from the grid. But here's the problem: conducting the research is like building a race car while participating in the Grand Prix, said Hassan Farhangi, director of the Smart … [Read more...]

More Microgrids for South Australia Now?…Water Companies Good Fit for Microgrids…Efficiency Rivalry Ends in Tie

More microgrids for South Australia now? Efforts were still underway today to fully restore power in South Australia after severe lightning left the entire state in the dark. With 1.7 million people, the fourth largest Australian state lost power on Wednesday with the failure of several 275 kilovolt (kV) power lines, according to the Australian … [Read more...]

NYC Sets Energy Storage Target..Biggest Battery Network Yet for Water…DOE Focuses on Community Energy

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NYC sets energy storage target New York City has become the first major U.S. city to set an energy storage target -- 100 MWh by 2020 – as a companion to the growing use of solar in the city. Solar capacity has nearly tripled in the city, from 25 MW to 96 MW, since 2014 when Bill de Blasio took office as mayor. The city says its buildings … [Read more...]

How Military Microgrids Boost Energy Reliability and Efficiency for the Marine Corps

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Military microgrids can save the Marine Corps hundreds of man hours, reduce fuel use, and lower costs through automatic load sharing. U.S. Marine Private Robert Bliss explains. The high-tech gear the Marine Corps uses continues to evolve each year. Power generators allow the Marine Corps to operate its gear no matter the environment. Recently, … [Read more...]

Microgrid-friendly Moves in Three States – Just this Week

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This week saw action in New York, California and Maryland toward a more microgrid-friendly grid via new demonstrations, legislation and policy. In New York, National Grid took a concrete step toward creating a distributed system platform (DSP), one of the most game-changing ideas that has emerged in the electric utility sector in a long … [Read more...]

Spiritual Center to Offer Physical Shelter with Community Microgrid

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The Village of Wappingers Falls is in an area of New York known for its spiritual retreat centers. Now two of those centers may expand their spiritual shelter to physical shelter by way of a community microgrid. Located on the banks of the Hudson River, the densely populated village is vulnerable to flooding in storms. During Hurricane Irene, … [Read more...]

Nevada Task Force to Consider Legislation on Microgrids…Renewvia to Bring Solar Microgrids to Kenya

Legislation on Microgrids in Nevada? A Nevada gubernatorial task force, which is looking at ways to make the grid more clean and resilient, will consider proposing microgrid legislation next week. The Nevada New Energy Industry Task Force is scheduled to discuss possible legislation for microgrid and distributed energy pilot projects at its … [Read more...]

NYC Community Microgrid Aims to Avoid Horror of Superstorms

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Bob Fink, a resident of Village East Towers, a high rise in New York’s Lower East Side, says he can't wait for the creation of a community microgrid in his neighborhood that would stave off the "shop of horrors" associated with Superstorm Sandy. “Having gone through the shop of horrors that was Superstorm Sandy at Village East Towers, I can't … [Read more...]

Massachusetts to Offer $14M in Energy Resiliency Grants for Microgrids & Other Backup at Medical Facilities

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Massachusetts appears to be on an energy innovation roll this month, today with news that it will offer $14 million in energy resiliency grants for critical care facilities. The announcement by the Baker-Polito administration comes less than a week after the state said it plans to seek applications for at least $10 million in energy storage … [Read more...]