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Coming Soon: Next $26.5M in Microgrid Incentives from Connecticut

Connecticut, one of the earliest states to advocate for microgrids, is now getting ready to release its fourth round of microgrid incentives, this time $26.5 million in grants. The new round begins September 1, with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) accepting applications through January 1 for community microgrid … [Read more...]

Cogeneration Case Study: University of Illinois Hospital

A major hospital that treats critically ill patients cannot afford power failures. Facing intermittent power problems — and needing to replace old boilers — the 536-bed University of Illinois Hospital installed a 24 MWe cogeneration system for its campus in Chicago. Powered by three Taurus 70 natural gas turbine generator sets, the system fulfills … [Read more...]

The Microgrid States: Who’s Who among Them? (Part 2)

If you’re wondering how quickly the US will adopt microgrids, watch the states. Their policies will make it easier – or not – for utilities and independent developers to install microgrids. About half dozen states are leading.  Here's how some are moving forward with microgrids. Massachusetts Massachusetts took its first big step toward … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Markets chooses its favorites of 2008

By Reid Smith January 8, 2009 We appreciate the entries submitted for Energy Efficiency Markets’ first annual ‘best of’ contest. It is difficult to select winners in an industry that is burgeoning with innovation. We hope you find our selections as intriguing as we did. Please continue to email us (realenergywriters@comcast.net) about interesting … [Read more...]

Microgrid Leaders Issue Call to Action: Time to Level the Playing Field

Opportunities abound for microgrids in the US. But development lags frustrate microgrid adoption. As a result, too many businesses and communities continue to struggle — unnecessarily — with power outages. What’s the problem and what can the microgrid community do to overcome it? Since people often leave conferences inspired, but not … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Approves Utility Plan with Microgrid Mandate

After two years of debate and planning, Puerto Rico finally appears positioned to re-create its electric grid with microgrids and renewable energy, mandated in a new utility integrated resource plan (IRP). The mandate came from the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau, the island’s chief energy regulator, in late August. Utility IRPs are guiding … [Read more...]

Data Centers and Microgrids Partner to Change Power Delivery, Efficiency, and Economics

This final entry from our special report series shows how data centers and microgrids pair to update forms of power delivery, ramp up efficiency and save money.  In today’s connected world, a microgrid is a real technology making a real difference. These are the solutions that enable true energy-as-a-service designs, leveraging … [Read more...]

Congressional Proposal Recognizes Microgrid Role in US Climate Strategy

It’s been slow to come, but lawmakers are increasingly incorporating microgrids into climate strategies, a focal point for Democrat politicians in both chambers. The carbon-reduction roadmap released this week by the US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis offers a case in point. Called “Solving the Climate Crisis,” the plan seeks … [Read more...]

Educating Data Centers about Microgrid Benefits: More than Backup Generation

This special report series focuses on data center microgrids for the colocation and big data industry. In the second entry from the series, we highlight why microgrid benefits go well beyond backup generation. As a self-sufficient energy system, microgrids are capable of serving discrete geographic footprints. These locations and geographies … [Read more...]

Campus Microgrids Emerge as Solution to Energy Challenges in Higher Education

This special report series on campus microgrids and reliable, renewable energy in higher education begins with an entry that explores the energy goals of today's colleges and universities — and how to reach them.  When it comes to choosing among energy supply options, colleges and universities have three primary goals: 1. Gain greater … [Read more...]