California Opens Door to Residential Microgrids for All New Homes with Efficiency Code

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California has opened the door for residential microgrids in all new homes with the recent release of 2019 building standards aimed at improving energy efficiency. Issued by the California Energy Commission, the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards require solar photovoltaics for all new homes. They also provide new home builders with … [Read more...]

How New Models, Not More Funding, Can Boost the Microgrid Market

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New models — not more government funding — will drive the microgrid market forward. That’s what panelists and representatives from innovative cities and states said at a discussion during Microgrid 2018, "How to Elevate Microgrids in Government Resilience and Climate Strategies." Moderator David Chiesa, director of global business development … [Read more...]

Why Use Natural Gas in Microgrids?

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We explore the advantages of natural gas-fired microgrids in part four of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series on the affordable microgrid. Microgrids can use a variety of generation sources: natural gas, diesel, flywheels, fuel cells, energy storage, solar panels and even wind turbines. Here we look at what natural gas … [Read more...]

Juhl Energy’s Journey from Utility-Scale Wind to Microgrids

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Juhl Energy has built its business around developing, owning and operating utility-scale wind. But market conditions have changed, and now the Minnesota company is expanding its reach, including into microgrid finance. Unregulated subsidiaries of large utilities have come to dominate utility-scale wind power in the US. That prompted Juhl … [Read more...]

100% Renewable Microgrid for Sweden’s Rural Community of Simris

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In the rural town of Simris in the South of Sweden, E.ON, a large European utility company, has been testing the islanding of a 100 percent renewable microgrid. Remote areas of Northern Scandinavia experience harsh winter storms, with falling trees causing damage to overhead power lines, resulting in power outages. Reliable microgrids that … [Read more...]

Microgrid Technology: New Tools and Methodology Streamline Implementation

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Each microgrid project is different — and varies according to requirements, economic factors and more — but there is microgrid technology and a set of common goals that are universal to the design and operation phases. A new whitepaper from Schneider Electric takes a broad look at microgrid development and outlines common approaches to … [Read more...]

Let’s Count the Many Ways Microgrids Serve the Greater Good

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If you think of microgrids as mere backup power, think again. That was the message from panelists at Microgrid 2018 who described how microgrids serve the greater good in the U.S and abroad. Their projects include electrifying parts of Somalia, helping prevent brain drain in Africa and India, cost-effectively solving a utility’s peak problems in … [Read more...]

The Foundation of a Smart City is Smart Energy Infrastructure

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Microgrids are increasing in popularity due to their ability to island from the main grid in case of an emergency power outage, providing energy reliability and resiliency for critical operations like the military and hospitals. And smart energy infrastructure is becoming the way of the future for operations that simply can't afford power … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Microgrid Market Growing, But Education about Benefits Needed

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The microgrid market is growing — at different paces in different segments — but the industry needs to educate others about its benefits, according to leading industry members. “I would consider the current microgrid market to be highly diverse. There are opportunities to be involved in utility, building, campus, government, and industrial … [Read more...]