How Community Microgrids Have the Power to Change Civilization

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Jayant Kumar, global digital grids program director at GE Grid Solutions, discusses how community microgrids can change civilization, and why every city planner should keep them top of mind. Elisa Wood, chief editor of Microgrid Knowledge, interviewed Kumar at Microgrid 2017 in Boston. In terms of who the industry needs to be educating on the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Effort Continues in Puerto Rico as Army Corps Installs 8th Project

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed its eighth microgrid on Puerto Rico, as the U.S. territory continues to struggle with power restoration from Hurricane Marie's strike in September. Latest outage figures from the Department of Energy show nearly 30 percent of customers, 439,000 in total, still without power on the island. The grid … [Read more...]

Microgrids Powered by a Sidewalk? Siemens and Pavegen Are On It

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Power plants aren’t what they used to be. Consider a new partnership formed by Siemens and UK startup Pavegen that paves the way for sidewalks to act as power plants for microgrids. Pavegen produces electricity from footsteps by way of interactive flooring tiles. Each step creates the equivalent of 20 seconds of light from an LED bulb. In … [Read more...]

How Many Microgrids Are There Exactly?

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Trying to determine how many microgrids exist in the world is not easy. No central registry exists. And while some microgrids receive global publicity, others are quietly operating in places as far-flung as the remote Himalayas. Navigant Research has been hard at work trying to track down exactly how many microgrids are out there. The research … [Read more...]

ComEd’s Much-Watched Bronzeville Microgrid Wins Key Backing

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Chicago’s much-watched Bronzeville microgrid has scored a key win with an administrative law judge recommending that state regulators okay the Commonwealth Edison project. Countering objections from the state attorney general, Administrative Law Judge Jessica Cardoni found the plant to be “prudent and reasonable” in a proposed order filed with … [Read more...]

Will the New Solar Tariffs Hurt the Microgrid Industry? Yes and No

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Energy insiders offered mixed views this week about how new solar tariffs imposed by the Trump administration will impact the microgrid industry. The tariff on imported solar panels and cells came in response to complaints from two foreign-owned solar companies operating in the US. The companies said they were forced into bankruptcy as a result … [Read more...]

Are Energy Storage Projects Qualifying Facilities? A “Shotgun Wedding” for PURPA

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What are energy storage projects under federal law? Are they eligible for certain favorable long-term contracts with utilities? Or are they subject to less attractive rules and regulations that apply to solar energy? That’s the question that Franklin Energy, which develops distributed energy resources, is asking in Idaho, where it has proposed … [Read more...]

Four California Microgrid Projects Recommended for $22M in Grants

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California officials on Friday recommended $22 million in grants for four microgrid projects, in the first group of awards out of a $44.7 million offering. The first round of funding is designated for microgrid projects at California military bases, ports, and native American tribal facilities (GFO-17-302). Learn more about California microgrid … [Read more...]

What Will Become of the Electric Utility in the Age of Microgrids?

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What’s an electric utility? Better yet, what will it become? Those questions nag utilities -- and their competitors -- as technology disrupts the century-old power industry. Microgrids, electric vehicles, distributed energy resources (DERs), energy storage, the prosumer, blockchain will either upend utilities -- or bring them new opportunity -- … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Wants Microgrids. But Will its Rules be too Rigid?

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José Román Morales, president of the Puerto Rico Energy Commission (PREC), is clear: Microgrid development is welcome in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico -- even before the commission’s just-released draft rules are finalized. “Right now, we need to get the country back on its feet,” he said, referring to the fact that in the wake of Hurricane … [Read more...]