Coming Soon: Next $26.5M in Microgrid Incentives from Connecticut

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Connecticut, one of the earliest states to advocate for microgrids, is now getting ready to release its fourth round of microgrid incentives, this time $26.5 million in grants. The new round begins September 1, with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) accepting applications through January 1 for community microgrid … [Read more...]

California Releases $44.7 Million for Microgrid Grants; Applications Due Oct. 20

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California has begun offering microgrid grants totaling $44.7 million to woo projects that will help it achieve its clean energy goals. Issued August 4, the grant offering (GFO-17-302) adds California to a group of states now actively courting microgrids with grant money.  Others include Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. … [Read more...]

What’s Your Take on Microgrids? Be Heard! Take the Microgrid Knowledge Survey

Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey

Who’s building microgrids, where and why? Please share your insights by taking the Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey, now live here. It will take just 10 minutes (or less) to answer the questions. And in return we’ll be sure you are among the first to receive the results. Just leave your email (optional) at the end of the survey, and we’ll … [Read more...]

Commonwealth Edison Makes the Case for its Bronzeville Microgrid Cluster

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Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison took a major step last week toward building the much-watched Bronzeville microgrid, a project that will test the emerging concept of microgrid clusters, or a ‘grid of microgrids.’ The Exelon subsidiary petitioned the Illinois Commerce Commission for permission to recover costs for the $25 million project through … [Read more...]

Commonwealth Edison CEO Anne Pramaggiore to Keynote Microgrid 2017

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Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of Commonwealth Edison, will present the luncheon keynote at Microgrid 2017 on Tuesday, November 7 in Boston. A recognized industry leader and voice for innovation, Pramaggiore will share insights on the evolution of the electric utility industry and the emergence of new technologies, including the role of … [Read more...]

Microgrid Incentives: What’s Needed to Spur More Microgrids?

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Many energy technologies receive some sort of utility or government incentive -- especially those that are new and promising -- but need an early nudge to win the market's confidence. Microgrid incentives, however, remain scarce in the U.S. They do exist, but come mostly in the form of grants from a handful of states. Or some microgrids capture … [Read more...]

Learning From Successful Real World Healthcare Microgrids

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This is the sixth and final article in a series that looks at how healthcare microgrids open the door to more reliable, clean, lower cost energy in hospitals, and more resilient communities.  When a storm knocks out your neighborhood power, you can hunker down and ride out the loss without too much stress. You can also borrow some ‘bread and … [Read more...]

Why We Need More Microgrids for Resilience, but Aren’t Getting Them

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The “vulnerable” U.S. electric grid needs more microgrids for resilience, but outdated rules may get in the way, according to a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The congressionally-mandated report listed microgrids and other distributed energy resources (DERs) as among 12 fixes to bolster a grid that … [Read more...]

Grid Modernization Slow in Massachusetts: Where are the Microgrids?

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Massachusetts is coming up short in its five-year grid modernization effort, according to several stakeholder groups who recently filed comments on utility plans being reviewed by state regulators. At issue is the lack of innovation and vision by Massachusetts utilities, which some critics say will impede the state’s ability to accommodate … [Read more...]

Power Grid Cybersecurity Risks: It’s Not Only the Russians

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It's not only the Russians who pose risks to power grid cybersecurity. While they do pose some risks, there are more serious threats, especially to unprotected small- to mid-size energy companies, says a new report from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT). “There's a lot of hype surrounding the cybersecurity of the energy … [Read more...]