The Sky Fell in Puerto Rico. The Microgrid Argument is not Chicken Little

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Hurricane Maria showed that warnings about the vulnerabilities of centralized electric grids – and the need for microgrid development -- are not overstated. When the hurricane hit the U.S. territory on September 20, it knocked out power to 100 percent of 1.57 million accounts served by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the … [Read more...]

“Pax et Lux” – Tufts Lives Up to Its Motto as New Microgrid, Central Energy Plant Nears Completion

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Tufts University is among the growing number of Massachusetts-based institutions of higher education contributing to the state’s emergence as a hub and magnet for microgrid development and deployment. Tufts’ motto – Pax et Lux (Peace and Light) – is an apt one.  The university is nearing completion of a campus Central Energy Plant upgrade and … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids? It’s All in the Name

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When Steve Jobs released the first iPhone ten years ago, Bloomberg predicated only "a few gadget freaks” would find it appealing. Bloomberg wasn’t alone. Many other reputable analysts failed to foresee the iPhone’s appeal and how this small device would redefine markets. Who knew a little box could do so much – be a phone, but also a banking … [Read more...]

Post Irma: Will the Southeast become the New Northeast for Microgrids?

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Microgrids are on the rise in the U.S., but not quickly enough for the millions in the Southeast who lost power this week – and continue to have none days later -- following Hurricane Irma. Perhaps most poignant, Irma underscores what loss of electricity means to senior citizens, a potentially life-threatening situation when air conditioning … [Read more...]

No Fish Story. Tiny Island Lands Big Catch with Microgrid

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Cuttyhunk witnessed New England’s whale oil industry give way to kerosene and incandescent light bulbs. Now the tiny island is deep in another energy revolution -- reducing diesel use by way of a solar plus storage microgrid. With a $2.1 million microgrid in operation since the early spring, the fishing mecca offers good argument for pursuing … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Seeks Input for its 2017 Survey

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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...]

$1.5 Billion Microgrid Market Opportunity Emerges in Kenya

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A confluence of innovation, risk taking, and public and private effort has created a five-year, $1.5 billion microgrid market opportunity in Kenya, leading Germany’s TFE Consulting to dub the East African nation, “The World's Microgrid Lab.” International startups are deploying innovative mobile 'pay as you go' (Pay-Go), home solar, and … [Read more...]

How a Kid and a Hockey Game Created a Community Microgrid

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It wasn’t a hurricane, blizzard or blackout that gave Todd Wilcox the idea to develop a community microgrid in North Bay, Ontario. Instead, of all things, it was a hockey game. The CEO of North Bay Hydro was watching a game at the local ice rink, an important gathering spot for the small city in northeastern Ontario. He saw a young child … [Read more...]

Hurricane Harvey Creates New Abnormal for the Electric Grid

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Stories are just beginning to emerge about microgrids and distributed energy systems that are keeping critical services up and running despite Hurricane Harvey's best efforts to do them in. Twenty-one convenience stores and gas stations in the Houston area remained open thanks to an unusual microgrid system designed by Enchanted Rock … [Read more...]

Analysis: Will the Perry Study Actually Help Microgrids and Energy Storage?

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Microgrids and energy storage improve electric reliability. So it was perplexing to see how little attention they received in a major study on grid reliability issued this week by the U.S. Department of Energy. Businesses, communities and institutions across the country have stepped up installation of microgrids in recent years to ensure power … [Read more...]