Solar Housing Linked to Bronzeville Microgrid Provides Social Justice, Technology Research

Bronzeville Microgrid

Chicago's Bronzeville microgrid project is demonstrating the social justice benefits of decentralized energy with the completion this month of solar installations on 660 residential units in the Dearborn Homes Community. The project, a partnership of Exelon subsidiary Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), developer VLV Development Solutions and the … [Read more...]

Texas Microgrid Closes on Innovative Financing for 232 MW Project in ERCOT

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Texas Microgrid has closed on financing that could serve as a model for other microgrid projects in Texas’ wholesale power market. The financing supports the construction of a portfolio of natural gas-fired microgrids in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) territory that, when fully built out, will have 232 MW of … [Read more...]

GI Energy Leader Explains Why it’s a Great Time to be in the Microgrid Industry

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Dave Yanni, chief development officer at GI Energy, tells Microgrid Knowledge editor Lisa Cohn why it's such an exciting time to be in the microgrid industry. Taking a break during Microgrid 2019, Yanni describes GI Energy's work and its efforts to build consensus for projects "early and often." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P92XDejlVxw GI … [Read more...]

Scrutiny Begins of New Energy Resource Plan Issued by Puerto Rico’s Utility

Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) issued a revised integrated resource plan (IRP) late last week in the latest move to redesign the island’s grid to avoid a repeat of the massive power outages brought by Hurricane Maria. Like its earlier version, the new plan segments the island into eight minigrids but incorporates more … [Read more...]

PJM Begins Process to Study How Utility Connected Microgrids Fit in its Market

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The PJM Interconnection has begun a process to explore the role of utility connected microgrids in the organization’s wholesale power market. The process “is part of a general effort to make sure PJM rules can accommodate all types of cases and resources and make sure there is nothing that prohibits incorporating microgrids,” Andrew Levitt, … [Read more...]

Texas Utility Commission to Take Up Utility Ownership of Storage Assets

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The Texas Public Utility Commission is expected to address a lingering question this summer: Are utilities permitted to own battery storage to provide reliability solutions — if the competitive market there is unable to do so? The microgrid industry sits on both sides of the issue. One group is saying that utilities won’t develop microgrids … [Read more...]

Investors Call for Results Based Financing of Minigrids in Africa

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Minigrids can help Africa achieve universal electrification, but not without better financing, said a group of energy investors in a paper released today. With $2 billion under management and more than 100 minigrids built or in the works, the investors offered to match contributions from government or other donors. They called for funding in … [Read more...]

Newly Opened, JFK’s TWA Hotel is Always Grid Independent

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The irony could not be any more conspicuous: the vintage Trans World Airline, known as TWA, ceased to exist nearly two decades ago. But a new hotel and conference center has formed around what had been the TWA terminal at New York’s JFK Airport — one that focuses on ultra modern energy technologies: a microgrid, on site electric generation and … [Read more...]

Concord Engineering CEO Says Future Microgrid Market Depends on “Four Headed Dragon”

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Michael Fischette, CEO of Concord Engineering, says the industry needs to tackle a "four-headed dragon" to move the microgrid market forward. He also describes Microgrid 2019 as "crackling with excitement," in an interview at the event with Microgrid Knowledge Editor Lisa Cohn. Fischette leads Concord Engineering, a company founded in 1989 … [Read more...]

Can These Electric Vehicle Codes Lead to Grid Benefits?

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New codes requiring electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in commercial buildings have passed an important hurdle, paving the way for a boost in electric vehicle use that can also provide grid benefits. The commercial International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) committee approved codes proposed by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project … [Read more...]