Energy Storage Industry Hopes for Stroke of Gov. Cuomo’s Pen

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New York looks poised to be another big win for the energy storage industry, pending the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a recently passed bill to create an energy storage target. Cuomo has yet to show his hand, but energy storage advocates are hopeful that the already green-leaning governor will sign SB 5190/AB 6571. The bipartisan … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Leaders Named by Navigant & News about ESA, NYSERDA and U.S Mayors

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Energy storage leaders named by Navigant Green Charge Networks, Stem, and Sunverge top a new list published by Navigant of distributed energy storage leaders. The energy storage leaders are driving growing use of the resource as means to lower costs for customers and for the larger grid. Commercial buildings use energy storage for back-up power … [Read more...]

What are Healthcare Microgrids and How Can They Make Your Community More Resilient?

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This is second article in a series that looks at how healthcare microgrids open the door to more reliable, clean, lower cost energy in hospitals, and more resilient communities.  Society has grown increasingly aware of the electric grid’s vulnerabilities. And with that awareness has come investigation into technologies that can protect our … [Read more...]

Microgrid Solicitation Issued for Whole Foods Distribution Center

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Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV) has issued a microgrid solicitation for a project planned at a Whole Foods distribution center in the greater San Francisco area. The urban tech non-profit says it wants to deploy a highly visible project, designed to bring resiliency and behind-the-meter financial benefits to Whole Foods. The microgrid … [Read more...]

Southern Company Advances National Microgrid Strategy

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Another major utility is on the move advancing a microgrid strategy to build projects beyond its regulated service territory, this one Georgia-based Southern Company. With assets of $109.7 billion, and 32,000 employees in four states, Southern is one of the largest U.S. electric utilities, ranked as number three for market value. It is pursuing … [Read more...]

New York Offers Funds for Local Energy and Microgrids in Low-Income Areas

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New York is making $325,000 available to provide technical assistance for communities developing local energy and microgrids for social justice or low-to-moderate income (LMI) areas. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority today announced the program. Proposals are due from community-based organizations by August 31, … [Read more...]

Bigger is Not Better: Grid Modernization and the Antiquated Concept of ‘Baseload’

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The US electric grid is having its smart phone moment. Will the federal government get in the way? That’s the worry of clean energy groups that are arming themselves with research on grid modernization. The groups are responding to an April 14 memo where U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry questions policy that encourages renewable and … [Read more...]

Using Virtual Microgrids to Gain Confidence Before Breaking Ground

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Eaton's William Murch explains the advantages of using virtual microgrids to test your system before it's installed. How do you know your microgrid will work before the system is in place? Each microgrid is designed to meet unique applications and composed of a mix of legacy and new assets with legacy controllers. It is well known that … [Read more...]

NY Green Bank Exceeds Financial Goals, Readies for Significant Microgrid Investment

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The NY Green Bank, which is financing microgrids, solar, wind and a range of other green energy projects, has beat its financial goals for the year, according to a report issued late last week. The public/private fund generated $2.7 million in net positive income for 2016/17, with revenue exceeding costs one year ahead of expectations. In … [Read more...]

California to Offer $44.7M Next Month in Quest of the Standardized Microgrid

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California plans to put $44.7 million behind the industry quest for standardized microgrid configurations, a move to drive down costs. The California Energy Commission (CEC) will award the funds by way of a request for proposals (RFP), scheduled for July. Because most microgrids are customized, it has been difficult for the industry to drive … [Read more...]