Miramar Microgrid Update…$22.3B Energy Storage Microgrid Market…& Other Project News

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Miramar microgrid to be complete next year Construction is now underway on the Miramar microgrid, one of the largest and most carefully watched military microgrids, and a joint venture of Schneider Electric and Black & Veatch. U.S. Marine Corps and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest leadership hosted a ceremony Sept. 28 to … [Read more...]

Maryland Utility Proposes $44.2M Pilot for Public Purpose Microgrids

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Pepco has filed a $44.2 million proposal with Maryland regulators to build two public purpose microgrids, designed to keep power flowing to essential societal services during a grid outage and bolster utility operations on normal days. The Exelon subsidiary petitioned for approval of the microgrids before the Maryland Public Service … [Read more...]

German Company sonnen to Deliver Emergency Microgrids to Puerto Rico

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Energy storage manufacturer sonnen said today that it is launching an effort to bring microgrids to Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Maria destroyed almost the entire electric grid. The German company is stepping in as the island’s utility, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), reports that it may take months to restore power to all of … [Read more...]

The Sky Fell in Puerto Rico. The Microgrid Argument is not Chicken Little

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Hurricane Maria showed that warnings about the vulnerabilities of centralized electric grids – and the need for microgrid development -- are not overstated. When the hurricane hit the U.S. territory on September 20, it knocked out power to 100 percent of 1.57 million accounts served by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the … [Read more...]

Advancing Microgrid Intelligence: Schneider’s Recent Upgrades to EcoStruxure

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Most of what's in a microgrid is easily recognizable, common components like distributed generators, batteries and inverters. What’s unique is the software, the brains of the system. So it’s not surprising that competing companies are working to advance and distinguish the technology that manages a microgrid. Schneider Electric is the latest to … [Read more...]

Funds for Microgrid Startups…JLM secures $25M…Making Solar Cybersecure

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Funding for NYC microgrid startups New York’s Urban Future Lab is now offering $50,000 awards plus incubation guidance for microgrid startups and other smart grid entrepreneurial efforts. Sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the clean tech incubation program helps scale new technologies. Called … [Read more...]

India Aims to Electrify All Households by End of 2018

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NRDC's Anjali Jaiswal and Nehmat Kaur describe India's new goal to electrify all households by the end of next year, an effort that covers 30 million homes. Scaling-up India’s ambition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a new program, Saubhagya Yojna, to electrify all rural and urban households by December 2018. The new program aims to … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Instead of Power Plants in NYC…Duke’s Battery Play…States Still Green

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Energy storage as solution to NYC power shortfall Thirty percent of New York City’s old fossil fuel plants are slated for retirement in the next five years. Could energy storage take their place? A new report, “New York City’s Aging Power Plants: Risks, Replacement Options and the Role of Energy Storage,” says it would be a wise environmental … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids? It’s All in the Name

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When Steve Jobs released the first iPhone ten years ago, Bloomberg predicated only "a few gadget freaks” would find it appealing. Bloomberg wasn’t alone. Many other reputable analysts failed to foresee the iPhone’s appeal and how this small device would redefine markets. Who knew a little box could do so much – be a phone, but also a banking … [Read more...]

Mayors Call for Microgrid Tax Incentives in U.S. Infrastructure Plan

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A United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) energy committee has called for microgrid tax incentives to be included in a national infrastructure plan for Congress. Called “The New Bedford Principles,” the proposal was released at the mayors’ summit on smart cities and new energy technologies September 14-15 in New Bedford, Mass. The group … [Read more...]