Resilient Energy: Hidden in Plain Sight and Waiting to be Unlocked

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Resilient energy – technologies like microgrids that allow us to rebound quickly from a power outage – is evolving from a mere buzzword into a valuable product, sometimes even bumping green energy into second place. The US Army offers a good example of this change, as explained recently by Michael McGee, executive director of the Army’s Office … [Read more...]

Hawaii Campus Can Go 100% Renewable Thanks to Solar Microgrid

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University of Hawaii Maui College plans to go 100 percent green, thanks to a solar microgrid equipped with 42 MWh of energy storage, likely a first-of-its-kind on a college campus. Johnson Controls is providing the battery storage and controls and Pacific Current -- a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries -- will provide the … [Read more...]

Ontario Renewable Microgrid Continues Trend of Tribal Installations

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Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is partnering with a First Nation government in northwestern Ontario on a tribal microgrid designed to significantly reduce diesel use by the community. The solar and battery storage microgrid, being developed for the Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (KZA)/Gull Bay First Nation (GBFN), will supply the nation’s … [Read more...]

Are You Looking for Microgrid Financing?

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Project developers are in search of microgrid financing. Financiers are in search of investment-grade projects. Now Microgrid Knowledge will bring the two together in a first-of-its-kind program for the microgrid industry. Called the Microgrid Financing Connection, the initiative will be launched at Microgrid 2018 in Chicago May 7-9. At the … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Evolution. Utilities Prepare for the Age of the Microgrid

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When John Caldwell of the Edison Electric Institute began a microgrid task force a few years ago, the utilities that joined saw no need to meet more than annually. Now they want to meet  monthly, reflecting what Caldwell sees as exponential growth in utility microgrids. “Active utility involvement in terms of partnering was probably less than 10 … [Read more...]

Pet Microgrids, Best Microgrids, and Microgrids that Get Your Package There on Time


Maryland County looks at microgrids to protect pets Montgomery County, Maryland has been ahead of the curve when it comes to microgrids. Now the county is exploring the possibility of installing a microgrid for its animal shelter, perhaps the first in the country. The county is doing so for good reason. Protecting animals often strains … [Read more...]

Rebuilding with Community Microgrids in Wake of California Fires: Sonoma County

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In the wake of the fires that ravaged Sonoma County in October 2017, the Clean Coalition — a non-profit that aims to accelerate the use of clean energy and technologies — is working to create community microgrids in the area. The organization compares efforts in Sonoma County to work in Puerto Rico, where hurricanes ravaged the island and … [Read more...]

As-a-Service Model Continues to Make Inroads with Projects from Fairbanks Morse and Younicos


The as-a-service model continues to grow in popularity for microgrids and other forms of distributed energy, most recently reflected in news from Fairbanks Morse and Younicos. As-a-service-models offer customers a way to avoid capital installation costs and pay for only energy and any related services produced by projects. The customer also is … [Read more...]

Cryptocurrency Companies to See Electric Rates Rise in NY. Opening for Microgrids?


Certain New York utilities can now charge higher rates to cryptocurrency companies, a business sector viewed as ripe for microgrids. The state Public Service Commission on Thursday ruled (Case No. 18018/18-E-0126) that upstate municipal power authorities may create special rates for the companies, known for their use of vast amounts of energy in … [Read more...]

Poll Finds Americans Wary of Grid Safety in Wake of Russian Hacking

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Americans are worried about grid cybersecurity and see the nation as unprepared for an extended power outage, according to a new poll. Protect Our Power, a non-profit group that includes former utility executives, released the survey results the same day that Homeland Security and the FBI warned that Russians have hacked the grid and other U.S. … [Read more...]