A Surprise to Analysts: Less CHP in Microgrids, More Solar

CHP

Combined heat and power (CHP) provides year-round baseload energy in microgrids — something renewable resources don’t do. Yet solar PV now overshadows CHP in planned microgrid projects, according to a new microgrid database by ICF. “We see a lot of installed CHP systems in operating microgrids; it’s the largest technology in terms of capacity,” … [Read more...]

New Solar Incentive in Massachusetts…Tecogen to Install School Microgrid…Launch Alaska Deadline Near

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Another microgrid-friendly move in Massachusetts Massachusetts looks even more microgrid-friendly with approval yesterday of a new solar tariff expected to save ratepayers $4.7 billion over current programs and make rooftop solar cash flow positive more quickly. Under the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART), a project under 5 MW … [Read more...]

New York Expands Value Stack Crediting for Distributed Energy — Beyond Solar

NYPA

New York regulators this week voted to expand -- beyond just solar -- the distributed energy resources eligible for compensation under the state’s new value stack crediting. The Public Service Commission gave a greenlight to apply the credit to certain energy storage projects, along with tidal energy, biomass and food-waste digestion … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry Sees Promise – Mostly – in California’s 100% Zero-Carbon Electricity Mandate

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Clean energy continued its victory lap in California yesterday when Gov. Jerry Brown inked legislation that would require 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2045, a move largely praised by microgrid industry leaders -- with some cautions. The bill (SB 100) was one of several clean energy initiatives passed by California lawmakers in … [Read more...]

US DOE Allots $10M to Combined Heat & Power Projects for Manufacturers

CHP microgrids

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to allot up to $10 million to seven combined heat and power (CHP) projects, some of them CHP microgrids, to explore the technology’s use by small-to-midsize manufacturers. CHP is considered a highly efficient form of distributed energy because it uses the waste heat created during power production. … [Read more...]

Centrica Survey: Businesses See Rapid Movement Toward On-site Energy

industrial microgrid

Over 80 percent of US businesses foresee one-quarter of energy for businesses coming from on-site energy sources within just seven years, according to a new report by Centrica Business Solutions. The findings come from a survey of 1,000 companies in the US, UK, Germany, Ireland and Italy, conducted by the distributed energy company in an … [Read more...]

California Approves $5M to Demonstrate the Value of Microgrids for Wastewater Treatment

value of microgrids for wastewater treatment

The California Energy Commission on Wednesday awarded $5 million to Rialto Bioenergy to demonstrate the value of microgrids for wastewater treatment plants that use anaerobic digesters. The commission hopes to show 156 similar facilities in the state the commercial importance of microgrids. Microgrid technology is currently used by fewer … [Read more...]

NEC and Distributed Energy Storage in Brazil…California’s Grid and WildFires…CHP in Maryland

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NEC supplies distributed energy storage system for archipelago NEC Energy Solutions is supplying its first distributed energy storage system in Brazil for a research and development project that will focus on demand charge management and firming of solar power for an archipelago. Supplied for the Neoenergia Group, one of the largest Brazilian … [Read more...]

Can Biogas CHP Help Duke University Meet Aggressive Climate Goals?

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Duke University is exploring what it takes to acquire and transport renewable biogas from North Carolina hog farms for what may turn out to be a new, microgrid-ready combined heat and power (CHP) plant on the university's main campus. The biogas project emerged after students protested plans by the university and Duke Energy to build … [Read more...]

Engie and Axium Acquire Microgrid and District Energy System in Boston

microgrid and district energy system

Engie North America and Axium Infrastructure have completed the acquisition of a microgrid and district energy system serving six Harvard-affiliated medical institutions in Massachusetts. Operating jointly as Longwood Energy Partners, the companies purchased the energy system from Mayflower Energy Partners, a joint venture of Morgan Stanley … [Read more...]