Severe Storms Refocus City Leaders on Resiliency and Climate

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NRDC's Shelley Poticha describes a heightened focus on resiliency and climate by U.S. mayors following recent hurricanes in North America. Tough talk about meeting the challenges of climate change abounded among city leaders at a C40 event marking Climate Week NYC last week, with city leaders staking a claim as first responders in the face … [Read more...]

Major Australian Power Retailer Trials Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading

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Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid describes a new peer-to-peer blockchain energy trading trial underway in Australia. Another of Australia’s major power retailers, Origin Energy, has dipped its toe into the peer-to-peer energy trading future, with the launch of a trial with Perth-based blockchain energy market provider, Power … [Read more...]

Microgrid Business Strategy: An Evolutionary Industry Perspective

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Anthony Colonnese, Ameresco’s vice president - energy security solutions, describes the evolution of Ameresco’s microgrid business strategy — from energy efficiency to today’s battery storage advances. Energy efficiency was front and center when the Ameresco team first began carrying out projects for the US government and military over seventeen … [Read more...]

The Case for Microgrids on Skids: Small and Modular

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Hitachi's Steve Pullins and Brian Levite explore the possibilities of small, modular microgrid solutions that could be designed once and built in a controlled environment; what they are calling microgrids on skids. The case for microgrids has been made many times here on the pages of Microgrid … [Read more...]

Toward Market-based Microgrid Control Systems: Inside Brunswick Landing

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Kay Aikin of Introspective Systems describes the value of market-based microgrid control systems, as applied to an innovative project under development in Maine. The largest machine on earth is often said to be our electrical grid. By the end of 2016 there were some 7,600 power plants greater than 1 MW and many smaller resources, as well as a … [Read more...]

The Potential of DC-Coupled Solar Plus Storage Microgrids

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Dynapower's Chip Palombini shares how DC-coupled solar plus storage microgrids can help maximize energy potential and cut down on installation costs.  As utilities improve grid resiliency through the use of non-transmission alternatives, solar plus storage microgrids have gained traction for their … [Read more...]

RGGI Agrees to Reduce Carbon Emissions by Another 30%

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NRDC's Bruce Ho and Jackson Morris provide details on a plan to further reduce carbon emissions through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a nine-state cap and trade program. A bipartisan coalition of nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states today  (8/23/2017) agreed to a bold plan to cut power plant pollution by at least another 30 … [Read more...]

Microgrids-as-a-Service: Making Resilient, Efficient and Sustainable Energy a Reality

Phillip Barton, Schneider Electric

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Philip Barton, director, Microgrid Competency Center, Schneider Electric, explains how Microgrids-as-a-Service (MaaS) can help pave the way for more resilient and efficient energy sources.  Total energy production in the United States increased for the sixth consecutive year in 2016 per the U.S. Energy … [Read more...]

A Carbon Adder for New York? Here’s What You Need to Know

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NRDC's Jackson Morris explains why New York is exploring a carbon adder to meet climate goals and how it would work. Imagine what would happen if the utilities buying the electricity to power our homes and businesses had to pay more for it depending on how much carbon pollution the power plants supplying the power pumped into the atmosphere? … [Read more...]

MIT Set to Upgrade its Cogeneration Plant for Campus Microgrid

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Editor's Note: Kristin Lund of MIT News reports that construction will begin this month on upgrades to the campus microgrid at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After months of preparation, MIT is planning to break ground this month on an upgrade project that will revitalize its Central Utilities Plant (CUP), a distributed … [Read more...]