How Massachusetts Compensates Battery Storage Owners for Energy Efficiency: Report

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When most people think of energy efficiency, they think of using fewer electrons. But the Clean Energy Group has an expanded definition — to shift energy usage from high peaks to low demand times. And it says that battery storage is the important new technology to allow this. The Clean Energy Group, supported by the Barr Foundation and the … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2019 Sets Participation Record. HG Chissell Returns as Master of Ceremonies

Just six weeks away, this year's annual microgrid conference -- Microgrid 2019: Shaping the New Electric Grid -- has set a new record for company participation. Now in its fourth year, the gathering of industry thought leaders, has attracted unprecedented support, a waiting list of speakers and presenters and its greatest number of … [Read more...]

Maine Lawmakers Revive Microgrid Bill as New Governor Creates a Pro-Green Climate

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Microgrids that regulators determine “serve the public interest” are back in play in Maine this year as lawmakers try to pass a bill that fell short a year ago. Legislators passed a bipartisan bill last year more clearly defining how microgrids could be created, but former Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed it. Newly elected Gov. Janet Mills … [Read more...]

New AC-DC Mobile Microgrid Holds Promise of More Efficient Power Distribution

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A team at the University of Calgary plans to build a mobile microgrid that promises to improve the simultaneous distribution and management of both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) electricity. Three university professors are leveraging proprietary AC-DC power conversion and energy management technology to build and operate a … [Read more...]

New England Grid Operator Puzzles in Microgrids and Energy Storage: Regional Outlook

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The good news in New England is that the trend is toward using lower-carbon fuels. The bad news is that grid managers are operating on thin margins and may have to rely on costlier measures to maintain grid reliability. What role will energy storage and microgrids have during this period?   The New England Independent System Operator, … [Read more...]

Move Over, Lithium Ion: Thermal Energy Storage Finds a Niche

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Thermal storage is gaining ground in refrigeration applications, providing demand management for one of utilities’ most energy-intensive industries. Industrial refrigeration consumes more energy per cubic foot than any other utility load, said Collin Coker, vice president, sales and marketing, Viking Cold Solutions. Thermal energy storage … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2019 Update: Applications Now Being Accepted for the Microgrid Financing Connection

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Project developers are in search of microgrid financing; financiers are in search of investment-grade projects. Microgrid 2019 offers a platform to bring the two together in year two of the Microgrid Financing Connection. Launched last year at Microgrid 2018 in Chicago, the popular match-making program is being continued for Microgrid 2019, … [Read more...]

How to Use Cleaner Diesel in Microgrids

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We often think of diesel as dirty, and view renewable microgrids as one way to eliminate the use of diesel and other fossil fuels. However, more and more, diesel-backed microgrids can be cleaner, if they rely on the newer, Tier-4 generators. It all depends on where the power is needed, what fuels are available, and how much the microgrid … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids Featured at Microgrid 2019 in San Diego, May 14-16

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Microgrid 2019 will highlight the US armed forces’ growing use of military microgrids as a means to improve energy resilience, strengthen cybersecurity, and green its facilities. The largest consumer of energy in the world, the US military strongly influences development, price and adoption of electric technologies. Fortunately for the … [Read more...]

Massachusetts and California Rank High in Energy Democracy: Report

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Massachusetts, California, New York and Illinois are the top four states for energy democracy, as ranked by their commitment to boosting community-level renewable energy, according to a second annual Community Power Scorecard. The scorecard, released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, names these states as stars because their energy … [Read more...]