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Why Aren’t There More Multi-User Microgrids?

When most people consider a microgrid, they think of on site generation serving a single business or an enclosed campus. But another concept is emerging called multi-user microgrids, which allows neighbors to share distributed energy resources to receive reliable electricity. Only a few such multi-user microgrids exist. But some electricity … [Read more...]

Who Pays for Utility Microgrids? An Economist Takes on the Challenge

It’s easy to identify microgrid benefits. But figuring out the business model to monetize those benefits is another story, especially when it comes to utility microgrids. The issue is tangled in state regulation, most of it formulated well before resiliency became a societal priority and microgrids came into play. These rules can make it … [Read more...]

Most Read Microgrid Articles in 2016 & the Companies Featured

Our in-depth look at microgrid costs topped the list of most read microgrid articles in 2016. Readers also showed strong interest in stories about large market players and state and federal policy. Companies featured in the top 10 include ABB, Caterpillar, S&C Electric, Siemens, GE, Hitachi and National Grid. Notably, the story, “Hitachi … [Read more...]

Microgrid-friendly Moves in Three States – Just this Week

This week saw action in New York, California and Maryland toward a more microgrid-friendly grid via new demonstrations, legislation and policy. In New York, National Grid took a concrete step toward creating a distributed system platform (DSP), one of the most game-changing ideas that has emerged in the electric utility sector in a long … [Read more...]

Top 10 Trending Microgrid Articles for First Half of 2016

What's been catching the interest of Microgrid Knowledge readers? First and foremost, they want to know what a microgrid costs. Our interview on the subject with experts from ABB, Hitachi, S&C Electric, and Siemens is the top trending microgrid article for the first six months of 2016. Check out the list below for the ten most read microgrid … [Read more...]

National Grid to Test New Utility Microgrid Services

How will utilities make money as more customers generate their own electricity?  That’s one of the big looming industry questions, and one that National Grid is trying to solve by testing new utility microgrid services. The utility plans to try out the services in Potsdam, New York, where it is installing a microgrid with Clarkson University, … [Read more...]

Clarkson University Wins $1M to Develop Microgrid Scheduler

The National Science Foundation has awarded Clarkson University $999,720 to develop a smart microgrid scheduler, which the college plans to use in a Potsdam, NY microgrid. The microgrid scheduler will coordinate with the microgrid operator and the local disaster response team to maximize the microgrid’s performance during the time of disaster … [Read more...]

The Customer-Centric Electricity Grid

Jennie Lay, freelancer for the Rocky Mountain Institute, describes how New York is developing the nation's first customer-centric electricity grid under the leadership of Audrey Zibelman, chair of the Public Service Commission. A two-plus-hour drive north from New York City along the Hudson River leads to the state capital of Albany. There the … [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...]

DOE Awards $8M for Microgrid Projects in Seven States

Seven microgrid projects will receive more than $8 million in federal funding to help cities and towns better prepare for extreme weather, the Department of Energy announced today. The money will go to projects in Alaska, California, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Tennessee and Washington. The projects are being developed by Alstom Grid, Burr … [Read more...]