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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...]

Lower Microgrid Risk with Utility-Proven Technology and Services

Justin Day of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) explains how to minimize microgrid risk with vetted equipment from experienced professionals. Risk is unavoidable when implementing a microgrid. Because of the complexity involved, projects can be delayed, budgets exceeded and equipment can fail or misoperate. The marketplace can also feel … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio Sets up Microgrid Utility Division, Issues RFQ

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has set up a public utility division to manage microgrids and has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) seeking a design consultant for its ambitious plan to build multiple microgrids. The new utility divison is a first for the state of Ohio, according to the county, which is pursuing microgrids to attract … [Read more...]

How to Pay for Your Microgrid

What microgrid project financing options are available? Is energy-as-a-service right for your facility? Do you qualify for government incentives and tax credits? Financial experts educate you about your microgrid financing options. In this video, Scott Benson of Lincoln Energy Systems shares insights around how the Lincoln, Nebraska community … [Read more...]

US’ Largest County — Los Angeles — Proposes Agency to Support Microgrids in a Large Swath of California 

The County of Los Angeles last week made an eye-opening proposal — a $41 million program that includes a regional microgrid agency to serve an area that encompasses roughly half of California’s population. The county hopes to do for microgrids what a similar initiative, Southern California Regional Energy Network County (SoCalREN), did for … [Read more...]

Beyond Islanding: The Financial Impacts and Benefits of Dual Nested Microgrids

There's an exciting trend going on right now in microgrids. We're seeing increasing intelligence as the brain of the microgrid, the microgrid controller, is becoming more intelligent. We often talk about this in terms of its ability to communicate either to sell services to the grid or manage load within. In this video, the speakers will discuss … [Read more...]

What Are the Best Locations for Microgrids? Hawaii Is Mapping Them.

In an effort to spur microgrid development, Hawaiian Electric is working with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and other partners to develop a microgrid map that pinpoints areas across its service territory that are ideal for the technology. Project developers can use the map to contact potential microgrid participants and work with … [Read more...]

Microgrids Power Through Haiti Earthquake

After a devastating earthquake hit Haiti last week, EarthSpark International temporarily de-energized its 100-kW community microgrid in Les Anglais to check for downed wires and await possible aftershocks. Allison Archambault, president of the nonprofit organization, was terrified that EarthSpark wouldn’t be able to re-energize the microgrid if … [Read more...]

Utility Asks California Agency to Reverse Decision Waiving Standby Charges for Microgrids

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) this week asked the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to reverse its decision to waive a key component of standby charges for microgrids, saying it creates an illegal cost shift between customer groups. The issue centers on the commission's mid-July decision to suspend the capacity … [Read more...]

Microgrid Costs: What Accelerates and What Inhibits a Microgrid Project?

Tom Poteet, vice president of corporate development at Mesa Solutions, explores how microgrid costs can both drive and inhibit microgrid projects. People usually focus first on the questions of what is a microgrid, what does it do, and what does it cost? Here’s a much better first thought: "Yes, we could get a microgrid, but why would we … [Read more...]