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3,236 Reasons for Microgrids

Microgrids are the talk of the energy industry, and it’s easy to see why after reading Eaton’s recently released annual Blackout Tracker. True, the US electric system is an engineering wonder. Some call it the biggest machine in the world. Still, it experienced 3,236 outages last year, 15 percent more than in 2012. This makes a case for … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids: Central Pillar of the Local Energy Revolution

Community microgrids are popping up in cities and towns all over the U.S. as the local energy revolution takes hold. Recent storms and power outages are helping drive this trend, as well. A guide from Microgrid Knowledge, explores the role of the community microgrid and its growing popularity as many city leaders look for more clean, … [Read more...]

Three Ways Fuel Cell Microgrids Lower Energy Cost

Businesses and institutions install fuel cell microgrids for many reasons. Driving down energy costs is a big one. Here we look at three ways fuel cell microgrids create financial advantage: By competing with utility pricing Through favorable financing models that reduce customer risk In achieving efficiencies through use of … [Read more...]

Funding and Financing Community Microgrids

Financing community microgrids may require piecing together funding from a variety of potential sources. Each project requires a customized approach, and an evaluation of not only costs, but also potential revenue sources. When you first seek out financing for a municipal microgrid, your team should assess your organization’s credit quality, the … [Read more...]

Four Good Reasons for Community Microgrids Part 2

Last week we described how community microgrids keep the lights on during a crisis, as well as strengthen the central grid. Here are two more good reasons for community microgrids, excerpted from our new report, “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy.” 3. Microgrids can … [Read more...]

Four Good Reasons for Community Microgrids Part 1

It is clear why city leaders are turning their attention to community microgrids. Energy is the lifeblood of any contemporary community, and severe storms in recent years have revealed the vulnerability of the central grid. The American electorate knows this and is concerned. In a March 2015 Gallup poll 88 percent of those surveyed described … [Read more...]

Underground Microgrids: Nothing to See Here Neighbors

Microgrids are good, underground microgrids are even better, especially in storm-prone regions. Buried wires are spared the destruction -- and outages -- brought by wind, snow and ice, which often topple over-head wires. Underground microgrids also escape the ire of neighbors who increasingly protest against stringed wire, especially in … [Read more...]

Google and Microgrids: Most Read Articles on EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com

Smart thermostats catch your attention, or at least Nest does. Microgrids interest you too. That's what we learned about you, EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com readers, based on your visits to our site in the first six months of 2014 The most read article for the first half of this year was Google and Nest: What the $3.2 Billion Deal Says about Energy … [Read more...]

Efficiency, Microgrids Eligible for $4B in DOE Loan Guarantees

Innovative energy efficiency projects, including microgrids, will be eligible for federal loan guarantees under a draft solicitation being circulated by the US Department of Energy. Released April 16 for comment, the program also will offer the guarantees for renewable energy projects. In all, the DOE will make $4 billion in guarantees … [Read more...]

The Top Energy Efficiency Stories of 2014

The top energy efficiency stories of 2014 reveal an industry that’s not only growing, but also redefining itself to capture its full worth. This was a year of mega deals, utility soul searching, rising new tech, rising old tech, financing innovation, and policy invigoration.  Here are the top 10 most read stories on EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com for … [Read more...]