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Alexa, Please Turn the Power Back on. Alexa? Alexa?

We worry about the big calamities like hurricanes and cyberattacks that cause long power outages. But let’s face it, for most of us momentary outages are more likely to disrupt our daily lives. Mike Edmonds, chief commercial officer for S&C Electric, thinks about this when his 5-year-old son calls out: “Alexa, bedtime story!” Raised … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Senate Advances Transportation Electrification Bill

An electrification bill moving through the Pennsylvania General Assembly, if passed, would support the development of electric vehicle infrastructure in the state. The state’s Senate on November 19 voted 43-6 in favor of the Pennsylvania Clean Transportation Infrastructure Act (Senate Bill 596), sponsored by Republican Sen. Bob Mensch. The … [Read more...]

Will New Jersey Lawmakers Step up for Microgrids before the Next Disaster?

As New Jersey prepares for a second round of funding for town center microgrids, some worry that the microgrids may never see the light of day. The problem? The projects need an infusion of private money to go forward. But state rules make it difficult for government to partner with private industry on energy projects. Town center … [Read more...]

Good Microgrids Make Good Neighbors: EcoBlock Seeks Model Way to Share Energy

As a neighborhood microgrid forms in Oakland, California, project planners find themselves grappling with a question unique to the age of local energy: How will neighbors cooperate with one another to share electricity? Being developed by a team from the University of California, Berkeley, the Oakland EcoBlock Project aims to provide an … [Read more...]

The Future of AI in Facility Management

A recent post on the Veolia blog explores the importance of AI in modern facility management. What do our future smart buildings look like?  If there is one thing we know from working in smart buildings, it is how rapidly technology advances. Consequently, the building management space can be difficult to predict; however, there are developing … [Read more...]

Does Your Microgrid Have Enough Computing Power?

Microgrids need to have enough computing power to operate even if a facility is experiencing connectivity issues, says Joseph Gottlieb, CTO of Rhombus Energy. His company builds software to meet this need. "It's a booming business," he says in an interview with Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge at Microgrid 2019. Rhombus … [Read more...]

The Quick-Thinking, Self-Driving Energy Grid of the Future

A quick-thinking, self-driving energy grid of the future — an autonomous energy grid — is being developed by researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The goal is to integrate and make the best use of the many distributed energy resources (DERs) expected to come online in coming years, providing for fast-acting … [Read more...]

Bipartisan Group of US Lawmakers Introduce Extension of Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

Electric vehicles got a nice jolt on Wednesday as a bipartisan group of US lawmakers introduced a bill to update and extend the federal electric vehicle tax credit. The way the law is written now, electric vehicle buyers get a tax credit of $7,500 but that deduction phases out once a carmaker sells 200,000 of them. Under the new bill, those … [Read more...]

Hockey Tape Manufacturer Signs on to Microgrid in New York Industrial Park

North American Tapes (NA Tapes) will be the first customer to join an industrial park microgrid at the Jefferson County Corporate Park in Watertown, New York. To be built, operated and owned by Rochester, New York's Acadia Energy, the microgrid will use natural gas-fired combined heat and power and solar photovoltaics. Other behind-the-meter … [Read more...]

What Ohio’s New PowerForward Collaborative will Tackle

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio advanced its grid modernization planning last week by creating a PowerForward Collaborative. Led by commission staff and comprised of utility stakeholders, the collaborative will hold its first meeting December 6 (Cases 18-1595-EL-GRD, 18-1596-EL-GRD, 18-1597-EL-GRD). The collaborative is charged … [Read more...]