Microgrid Incentives: What’s Needed to Spur More Microgrids?

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Many energy technologies receive some sort of utility or government incentive -- especially those that are new and promising -- but need an early nudge to win the market's confidence. Microgrid incentives, however, remain scarce in the U.S. They do exist, but come mostly in the form of grants from a handful of states. Or some microgrids capture … [Read more...]

Expect the DOE Electric Grid Study to End with a Fizzle, Not a Bang: NRDC

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John Moore and Miles Farmer, of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), explain why a much-anticipated DOE electric grid study is unlikely to succeed in propping up coal over renewables. Anticipation is building in advance of the release of a study ordered by Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry to examine “critical issues … [Read more...]

S&C Electric’s IPERC Wins Designation for Military Microgrid Controller

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IPERC, a subsidiary of S&C Electric, has again won a significant Department of Defense (D0D) designation for its cybersecure military microgrid controller, this one at the Fort Carson Army Post in Colorado. Known as the DoD Authorization to Operate (ATO), the designation indicates that IPERC's GridMaster microgrid control system has … [Read more...]

Learning From Successful Real World Healthcare Microgrids

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This is the sixth and final 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.  When a storm knocks out your neighborhood power, you can hunker down and ride out the loss without too much stress. You can also borrow some ‘bread and … [Read more...]

Virtual Power Plants & Transactive Energy: How Will They Change the Energy Business?

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Virtual power plants and transactive energy. You've heard the terms, but what exactly do they mean? And why does a leading microgrid analyst see them changing the way the power industry does business? At the center of the changes are the rise of prosumers, who once purchased energy but now produce it, helping create new opportunities for grid … [Read more...]

Dynapower President Helps Home State on Climate & Other News from Go Electric and Aquion

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Dynapower president to help home state bring energy storage to climate action Vermont wants to link its climate and economic goals, and has tapped Adam Knudsen, president of Vermont-based Dynapower, to show how energy storage can help. Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Knudsen to the state's newly formed Vermont Climate Action … [Read more...]

Energy Impact Partners Latest Bet on the Grid of the Future: EV Charging

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Energy Impact Partners, a coalition of utility investors, is continuing its bet on the grid of the future, this time backing an electric vehicle (EV) charging company, Greenlots. The strategic investment group, whose partners include Southern Company, National Grid, Xcel Energy and other utilities, announced today that it has made a “significant … [Read more...]

Lucky Nine for Public Purpose Microgrid in Montclair, New Jersey

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With microgrid technology becoming more robust, and component prices dropping, it's not surprising to see a public purpose microgrid hit the ‘lucky nine.’ Nine-year payback, that is. The Montclair Township microgrid project is the case in point. With microgrid energy savings projected at about $1.2 million annually, the project's payback … [Read more...]

Why We Need More Microgrids for Resilience, but Aren’t Getting Them

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The “vulnerable” U.S. electric grid needs more microgrids for resilience, but outdated rules may get in the way, according to a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The congressionally-mandated report listed microgrids and other distributed energy resources (DERs) as among 12 fixes to bolster a grid that … [Read more...]

Commercial and Industrial Players: How to Determine if a Microgrid is Right for You

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Clark Wiedetz, microgrid director for Siemens Energy Management, explores how to determine if a microgrid is right for today's commercial and industrial players. C&I market trends The commercial and industrial (C&I) market is evolving into one of the most innovative microgrid segments yet, according … [Read more...]