Schneider Electric Goes Big by Going Local in the Microgrid Market

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Advanced microgrids were still something of a bet four years ago when Schneider Electric and partners rolled out the Oncor microgrid in Texas, an early demonstration project. Tiptoeing into microgrids then, the energy management and automation giant now is in full stride, made clear this week at its Innovation Summit North America in Atlanta, … [Read more...]

Montgomery County Microgrids Now Live and Leading

Montgomery County microgrids

The concept of the no-money down microgrid gained significant footing this week with the kickoff in Maryland of two Montgomery County microgrids. The county government went live with a microgrid at its public safety headquarters in Gaithersburg and another at a correctional facility in Boyds. Developed by Duke Energy Renewables and Schneider … [Read more...]

A $100 Million Microgrid Proposed for Downtown Cleveland

$100 million microgrid

Two Cleveland, Ohio institutions laid out plans this week for an ambitious $100 million microgrid to create an uninterruptible power supply for businesses, public institutions and facilities in the city's downtown. With a size and scope seen in few microgrids to date, the project would encompass Cleveland’s central business district, a two- … [Read more...]

Ameresco Wins Contract for 20-MW Military Microgrid in Texas

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Ameresco has scored a large win — a $133.5 million package — to install a 20-MW microgrid and energy resiliency and efficiency improvements at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) in Texas. The award came from Defense Logistics Agency Energy, which manages the global supply chain for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, 10 … [Read more...]

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

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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

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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

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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...]