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...]

Grid Cybersecurity Spending to Reach $3.2B…News from Navigant, Enel and Enbala

grid cybersecurity

Navigant sees rise in grid cybersecurity spending Navigant Research is reporting today that it foresees global spending on grid cybersecurity growing from $1.8 billion in 2017 to nearly $3.2 billion in 2026. “The proliferation of the smart grid and Internet of Things (IoT) has led to the deployment of billions of networked sensing devices, … [Read more...]

Ameresco Peaking Plant Under Construction in the Philadelphia Navy Yard

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Ameresco has begun work on a 6-MW natural gas-fired peaking plant that will anchor one of the largest private microgrids in the United States, which is located at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. The peaking plant will be part of a 35-MW unregulated, stand-alone electric grid designed to serve the evolving 1200-acre mixed-use Navy Yard … [Read more...]

Remote Microgrids in the Himalayas Offer Lessons for the Rest of Us

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Turns out that some of the world's most remote microgrids offer lessons useful to the rest of us, as Alexander Hogeveen Rutter, professional engineer, explains in this article about the Global Himalayan Expedition's work. This year, Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) continued its success by electrifying Shadé, one of the most remote villages in … [Read more...]

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

microgrid incentives

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...]

Microgrids Plus Feeders Equal a Winning Combination

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, S&C Electric’s David Chiesa explains how microgrids and feeders can work together to help reconfigure the grid for bi-directional power flow.  When the grid was established more than a hundred years ago, power providers couldn’t have fathomed the amount of energy we use today. However, while our use … [Read more...]

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

microgrid grants

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...]