Nor’easter Arrives on Cue for Schneider’s Microgrid Announcement

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Reeling from the third nor’easter in two weeks, New England offered up the perfect backdrop for Schneider Electric to unveil a new industrial microgrid project in Massachusetts this week. The energy management and automation company plans to install the microgrid at its Foxboro manufacturing facility, located in a region where the latest storm … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Microgrid Bill Wins Committee Vote. Heads to House

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A utility microgrid bill is headed to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives following unanimous committee approval Monday. The Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee voted in favor of HB 1412, which clears the way for utilities to build microgrid pilot projects and recover their costs through rates. The bill arose out … [Read more...]

Avoiding the Fate of Atlanta, Pittsburgh Looks to Build an Airport Microgrid

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Pittsburgh wants an airport microgrid. And developers -- a lot of them -- want to build it. The Allegheny County Airport Authority has received 64 responses to its request for expressions of interest seeking a developer to design, build, own and operate a microgrid at the Pittsburgh International Airport. The authority is considering making … [Read more...]

It’s Official: Fast-Growing Microgrid Developer EPS Now Part of Engie

French utility giant Engie closed last week on a majority stake in Electro Power Systems (EPS), a fast-growing energy storage and microgrid developer with offices in Milan and Paris. The acquisition is among several by Engie into green and innovative technologies under an investment plan launched in 2016, as the international company … [Read more...]

Why Data Centers Are Slow to Adopt Microgrids (And Why That Will Change)

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, AFCOM's John Heiderscheidt studies how an increasing focus on resiliency is pushing more data centers toward microgrids.  Whether you’re surfing the web at work, shopping for a new dress on your tablet or paying those pesky utility bills with your app, you’re utilizing a company’s IT system. That … [Read more...]

Hydro-Quebec Pursues New Strategy with Lac-Mégantic Microgrid

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Another utility – this one Hydro-Québec – is moving into microgrids. The hydroelectricity giant announced that it will develop the Lac-Mégantic microgrid, a project it describes as a major step in its technological evolution. The Canadian public utility is teaming with municipality Ville de Lac-Mégantic to build a solar plus storage microgrid in … [Read more...]

What are the Typical Questions that Universities and Colleges Have about Campus Microgrids?

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Siemens' Clark Wiedetz and other company experts explore the ins and outs of campus microgrids, as well as answers to some of the most-asked questions from universities and colleges on microgrid development and value.  Together with Christopher Kopach from the Association of Physical Plant … [Read more...]

Illinois’ Chief Energy Regulator Brien Sheahan to Deliver Microgrid 2018 Keynote

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Brien Sheahan, chairman and CEO of the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), will deliver the Microgrid 2018 keynote address, Tuesday, May 8 in Chicago. Sheahan is known for the promotion of innovation and forward-looking regulatory policy in a variety of different industries in Illinois and nationally. In addition to leading the Illinois … [Read more...]

Water-Energy Nexus: A Warning for the U.S. from South Africa

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The Environmental Defense Fund's Kate Zerrenner describes the water-energy nexus impacting Cape Town as it runs dry, and posits that parts of the U.S. could face the same threat. In Cape Town, South Africa, the countdown is on for Day Zero when water taps in the city of 4 million people are expected to run dry. Yet, while this water … [Read more...]

Military Tests Electric Vehicle-to-Microgrid Use at Miramar Base in San Diego


US Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego is the site of a new electric vehicle-to-microgrid-utility grid test and demonstration project. Six 15-passenger electric vans will be equipped with bidirectional, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charge/discharge capability and integrated into the air station's site-wide microgrid during the project's first … [Read more...]