Can a National Demand Response Event Fill in the Solar Gap for Monday’s Eclipse?

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Amateur astronomists donning their solar eclipse glasses Monday likely won’t be thinking about how a national demand response event, grid modernization, microgrids, energy storage, or other resources might provide the energy needed to make up for lost solar energy. In fact, they probably won’t be aware that nearly 9 GW of solar power is … [Read more...]

New One-Stop Shop for Microgrid Projects… and News from WSU, Southern & Peak Power

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Advisian and UpGrid partner to streamline microgrid projects Advisian, the advisory arm of WorleyParsons, and Boston-based start-up UpGrid, are partnering on a one-stop service to streamline development of microgrid projects. Building a microgrid often involves multiple players and as many as five different companies. The team coordinates the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Islanding: S&C and Ameren Show it Works at Illinois Microgrid

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Ameren's new Illinois microgrid demonstrated that it's able to seamlessly disconnect from the grid and run on renewable energy during a 24-hour microgrid islanding test this month. S&C Electric and Ameren conducted the test at a 1.475 M microgrid in Champaign that the Midwest utility unveiled in May. Microgrid islanding -- the ability … [Read more...]

MIT Set to Upgrade its Cogeneration Plant for Campus Microgrid

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Editor's Note: Kristin Lund of MIT News reports that construction will begin this month on upgrades to the campus microgrid at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After months of preparation, MIT is planning to break ground this month on an upgrade project that will revitalize its Central Utilities Plant (CUP), a distributed … [Read more...]

Project Spotlight: The Philadelphia Navy Yard Microgrid

Large ports and maritime facilities make regular, intensive use of some of the largest, heaviest and most power-hungry machinery and equipment manufactured. Serving their energy needs is no small task, whether it be via conventional grid, distributed energy resources, or a mix of both. So it seems appropriate that one of the most ambitious projects … [Read more...]

Denver’s Peña Station NEXT: This Way to Energy Utopia?

Peña Station NEXT

Denver’s Peña Station NEXT offers an energy planner's dream: 382 acres where engineers can start from scratch in creating a clean energy community. No legacy power plants to accommodate, no wires and poles and substations to navigate — the open landscape near Denver International Airport is a rare find in a nation with near ubiquitous … [Read more...]

Microgrids-as-a-Service: Making Resilient, Efficient and Sustainable Energy a Reality

Phillip Barton, Schneider Electric

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Philip Barton, director, Microgrid Competency Center, Schneider Electric, explains how Microgrids-as-a-Service (MaaS) can help pave the way for more resilient and efficient energy sources.  Total energy production in the United States increased for the sixth consecutive year in 2016 per the U.S. Energy … [Read more...]

New York Launches REV Connect: The Start of Energy’s Amazon?

REV Connect

New York took its next big step toward creating what some describe as the Amazon.com of distributed energy with yesterday’s unveiling of REV Connect, a digital portal for market players to buy and sell services and products. REV Connect is the latest move by New York to enact its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a massive rethinking of how … [Read more...]

Microgrid Case Studies Guide California as it Maps a Way to its Goals

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In an effort to help commercialize microgrids, the California Energy Commission is analyzing lessons learned from nine microgrid case studies about projects that total 21 MW of peak capacity, with an average size of 2.25 MW. The case studies are detailed in a new report being prepared for the commission by Navigant Research. The state hopes … [Read more...]

Get the Microgrids Ready. A Solar Eclipse is Coming & News from EIP, Stem and CPower

Get the microgrids ready. A solar eclipse is coming Because of their intelligent control systems, microgrids can assist in managing the intermittency of renewable energy. So get your microgrids ready when the August 21 solar eclipse occurs. The Energy Information Administration is reporting that the eclipse will affect 1,900 utility-scale solar … [Read more...]