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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...]

Pay microgrid owners to boost California’s grid? Credits and “price machines” proposed

Two separate proposals floated last week before California regulators open the door for financial incentives that would encourage microgrid owners to step in and help out when the electric grid is falling short. Fuel cell company Bloom Energy offered the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) a specific plan to provide credits to … [Read more...]

How to succeed as a microgrid startup: Xendee’s story

Xendee, which develops microgrid decision support software, reached its four-year anniversary this month and with it came the brass ring so many microgrid startups seek — its Series A financing. I spoke with Adib Naslé, CEO and co-founder of Xendee, who described the journey and offered insight into how to position a startup on the right … [Read more...]

Streamlining grid interconnection to keep microgrid projects on track

Joe Williams, distributed energy resources product manager at Eaton, explains why interconnection is one of the top three barriers to activating a microgrid. In a world where energy costs are increasing, power interruptions from extreme weather events are more frequent and the need to decarbonize is more and more important, microgrids … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, releases RFI in next step to create unique microgrid-centered utility

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, issued a request for information (RFI) yesterday in its latest step to set up one of the nation’s most ambitious microgrid projects, which includes the creation of its own county utility. The RFI is a precursor to a request for proposals the county intends to issue for multiple microgrids developed in public/private … [Read more...]

Top states for microgrid policy activity? New Think Microgrid report scores them

California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Texas score as the top states for microgrid policy activity, with Puerto Rico also listed in the top tier, according to a new report by Think Microgrid. The state policy assessment marks the first time "any organization has looked specifically at the policy landscape for … [Read more...]

Utilities: Take our microgrid survey and become eligible for a free drone

What is a utility, exactly? What does it do? The simple answer, of course, is that it sells electricity or natural gas or both. But that’s changing as utilities offer more and more value-added services for customers. They’re doing so because their customers want to capture energy resilience and sustainability. They want to lower energy … [Read more...]

DER and microgrid companies poised to help as summer heat threatens the US grid

With grid operators signaling that that the summer could bring power shortfalls, companies that pool together resources such as residential and commercial solar, storage and microgrids are poised to jump in and provide grid flexibility in an effort to keep the lights on. The Washington Post recently described the electric grid as "wheezing" … [Read more...]

Congressman Casten: Microgrid owners need to get paid for the value they create

When ISO New England (ISO-NE), a grid operator, developed its first forward capacity markets in the early 2000s, US Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill. — then an energy developer — built a cogeneration plant in northern Vermont that yielded savings for the plant owners and the ISO by cutting peak demand on the system. During a press interview at the time, … [Read more...]