From DistribuTECH: How S&C Electric Averted 1.2B Minutes of Power Outages

DistribuTech

We live in an age of technology razzle dazzle. But when it comes to electricity, bottom line success is measured simply. Is the power flowing or not? So it’s apt that one of the first big numbers out of Distributech, a major electric industry trade show, has to do with electric reliability. Chicago-based S&C Electric is reporting from … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Utilities? Washington, D.C. is Asking

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In a newly launched grid modernization initiative, the District of Columbia is wrangling with the question: Are microgrids utilities? The question arises as the district’s Public Service Commission begins exploring how the nation’s capital city can create a more sustainable and reliable electric grid. In a report issued last week (Docket … [Read more...]

Building Unintentional Microgrids on Purpose

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, S&C Electric's David Chiesa explains the phenomenon of unintentional microgrids.  Last year, I began to notice an emerging trend in the microgrid market: unintentional, or accidental, microgrids. This is an instance where nearly all the parts of a microgrid already exist on a utility’s grid and can … [Read more...]

How the World Defines Microgrids and Why You are Confused

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Microgrid, mini-grid, picogrid… All this tiny terminology can add up to some big confusion. Even the industry itself defines microgrids in different ways. Microgrids, mini-grids and picogrids have some things in common: they are all locally generated, locally distributed sources of clean energy. Is it all just a matter of to-MAY-to, … [Read more...]

Higher-Priced, Fast EV Charging Proposed for Some PG&E Areas

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PG&E customers have told the utility they want more fast EV charging options, but those come at a higher price, as outlined in a new proposal from the utility that aims to get more of the vehicles on the road. To create the infrastructure needed for DC fast chargers, which can fully charge an EV in about 20 to 30 minutes, the utility must … [Read more...]

Microgrids in the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Blueprint Pushed by U.S. Senate Democrats

Energy Storage Caucus

U.S. Senate Democrats included microgrids in the $1 trillion infrastructure blueprint that they proposed yesterday to create 15 million jobs over the next decade. “I’m here to talk about energy infrastructure investments, which…will help save consumers money, grow our economy and create jobs. We are talking about things like transmission lines, … [Read more...]

Funding Now Available for Town Center Microgrids in New Jersey

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New Jersey is now offering grants of up to $200,000 to help towns and state agencies take the first step toward installing what the state calls town center microgrids. The Board of Public Utilities kicked off the first 60-day application window for the program on Wednesday (Docket No. QO16100967). The board expects to provide 5-12 grants for … [Read more...]

Three Microgrid Business Models Emerge from Evolving Market

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Not one, but three microgrid business models are emerging as more players enter the market and use microgrids to help realize the grid of the future. That’s the underlying message of a report issued today by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Solar Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). “A diverse set of utility and other business … [Read more...]

Electric Vehicles that Do Not Need the Grid: Is this Next?

electric vehicles that do not need the grid

A new report by IDTechEx forecasts potential for a $100 billion market for electric vehicles that do not need the grid, but rely on their own power supply like solar and wind. The report calls these energy independent electric vehicles, or EIVs. EIVs were nothing more than a curiosity just five years ago, “too weak to lead to anything … [Read more...]

Connecticut Fuel Cell Microgrid Project Reaches Milestone

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Woodbridge, Connecticut marked a milestone this week for its 2.2 MW fuel cell microgrid project, with an announcement that the fuel cell component is now operating. The fuel cell was provided by Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy. "This project is a great example of how municipalities can align with utilities to enhance their critical … [Read more...]