History of Energy in Illinois Starts and Ends with Renewables-Based Microgrids

renewable-based microgrids

Back in the 1890s, Samuel Insull, the founder of Commonwealth Edison, began providing energy in Illinois with renewables-based microgrids. More than a century later, Illinois is once again embracing renewables-based microgrids, with a handful of the most innovative microgrids now being developed and launched in Chicago. That was the engaging … [Read more...]

What is the Value of Electric Reliability for Your Operation?

power outage costs

This is part two of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series that highlights the rise of the reliability-as-a-service model. This post focuses on power outage costs and the monetary value of electric reliability. It is difficult to calculate what a power outage costs an economy or even an individual business. Losses tend to be … [Read more...]

Seeking the Right Business Model for Sub-Saharan Africa’s $11B Mini-grid Opportunity

Sub-Saharan Africa

Work is underway by a new Rockefeller Foundation-backed lab to test mini-grid business models for Sub-Saharan Africa, where the technology could cost-effectively serve 100 million people, representing an $11 billion opportunity. In all, about 600 million people in the area do not have electricity, a problem being tackled by the Mini-Grid … [Read more...]

S&C Electric’s Kyle Seymour on Why Microgrids are the Problem — and the Solution

Kyle Seymour

It’s a lucky company that need travel no further than its own backyard to show cutting-edge examples of its technology. These days global manufacturer S&C Electric Company is one of those companies. S&C was an early player in microgrids, automation and other smart grid equipment. Now its home city – Chicago – is fast becoming an … [Read more...]

Microgrids Part of Backbone of New Grid, says EEI & International Electricity Groups

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The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and similar organizations from Australia, Canada, Europe and Japan joined forces this week to support modernizing the grid and including microgrids as part of the backbone. Meeting in Washington, D.C. for the International Electricity Summit, leaders from major electric power associations issued a joint … [Read more...]

Army Corps Mobile Microgrid App Improves Power Restoration on Puerto Rico

resilient power

The US Army Corps of Engineers' Recovery Field Office in Puerto Rico is hastening grid restoration efforts with the help of a new microgrid app to site and manage installations. *Credit: US Army Corpos of Engineers Developed in-house, the microgrid app enhances the ability of field staff to site, commission and decommission mobile … [Read more...]

How Two Arizona Microgrids Helped the Macro Grid: A Year in Review

Arizona microgrids

One year and 43 “events” later Arizona Public Service (APS) says it's happy with its foray into microgrids and is ready to build more. But not for the usual reason. The utility turned to its two microgrids 43 times not for backup power, but to help restore frequency within the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), which manages grid … [Read more...]

CHP Tax Credit Likely to Boost Microgrid Market

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The microgrid market stands to get a boost from the recent extension of a federal tax credit for combined heat and power (CHP), often a key element of microgrids. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law February 9, reinstated the 10 percent tax credit (ITC) for CHP technologies. Project developers can use the credit for projects that … [Read more...]

Power Reliability Worries Spur Data Centers and Other Businesses to Pursue Energy Alternatives: Survey

power reliability

Worry is so high about power reliability that businesses are taking matters into their own hands, with data centers particularly active in seeking energy alternatives, according to an industry survey. Released last week for the first time in its entirety, “State of Commercial & Industrial Power Reliability,” analyzes results from a survey of … [Read more...]

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

resilient community microgrids

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...]