Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: What’s the Best Fuel for Use in a Genset?

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From the Microgrid Knowledge guide, Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: The Last Defense Against a Power Outage, this article looks at the pros and cons of the fuels used in reciprocating engines. Electricity costs are determined largely by the price and availability of fuels used in power production. As a result, the power … [Read more...]

Mount Kisco’s Home Run Community Microgrid

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The Town of Mount Kisco, NY has proposed a community microgrid that is the energy equivalent of a home run. It touches all of the critical power bases by: Securing electric supply during power outages Reducing energy costs for its customers Contributing to New York’s clean energy goals with combined heat and power (CHP) and renewables … [Read more...]

Microgrid Project Profile: Protecting Coastal Communities in Hempstead, NY

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The Town of Hempstead, NY wants to build a microgrid project to ensure power supply for emergency services in two coastal communities that are vulnerable to storms. The $2.66 million microgrid would provide back-up generation in case of a utility outage in Point Lookout and Lido Beach. Severe coastal storms tend to knock out power to the … [Read more...]

6 Questions to Ask Before Building Your Microgrid

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There are so many questions to ask before building your microgrid. There are plenty of experienced consultants and vendors who are happy to speak with you, and you should interview them. Yet, wouldn't it be great to sit in a room with other energy customers who have gone through the process of building a microgrid so you could speak freely and … [Read more...]

Community Energy Storage Storage for Cleaner, Lower-Cost Electricity

More and more utilities, equipment manufacturers, and others are working to develop energy storage in households and businesses that can help make the electricity grid cleaner and cheaper. And many of these are eager to share their experiences and insights, as shown by the enthusiastic response to the “Community Storage Initiative,” which has … [Read more...]

New Study Concludes Getting 50% of NY's Electricity from Renewable Sources by 2030 is a Net Win

NRDC's Jackson Morris looks at the low cost and high value of procuring 50 percent of New York's electricity from renewable sources. In December, when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the state's Public Service Commission (PSC) to create a Clean Energy Standard (CES) that ensures New York gets 50 percent of its electricity from renewable … [Read more...]

Evaporative Cooling or Mechanical Chilling: Which Works Best in Power Production?

Energy efficiency isn't just about how we use energy; it's also about how we produce it. Whether a power plant uses evaporative cooling or mechanical chilling can influence its efficiency. Sam Abdalla of Stellar Energy explains. If you’re outside working on a hot summer day, it’s inevitable that moisture will appear on your brow.  A dry breeze … [Read more...]

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Issues RFP for Energy Efficient Refrigeration Program

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is seeking assistance with its program for energy efficient refrigeration system operations and maintenance practices. The organization seeks a contractor to collaborate on its  Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialist initiative. The program … [Read more...]

Water Heaters: As Sexy as Tesla?

Soon our water heaters may give us a lot more than hot showers.  New technology lets water heaters provide services to our electric grid. Margaret McCall of the Rocky Mountain Institute explains how. Of all the new tech emerging on the energy landscape, water heaters seem an unlikely contender. Alongside battery players like Tesla, with its Model … [Read more...]

Energy Intelligence Is Essential to Smarter Energy Use

Exactly what kind of energy system might a dog lover living in a house built in the 1990s be likely to install? Tendril's Chris Black explains how energy intelligence opens the door for deep insight into people and how they live. We citizens of the world must change the way we consume energy. Both the recent climate change agreement in Paris along … [Read more...]