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Eight Projects Proposed in Round 4 of the Connecticut Microgrid Grant Program

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The application window for Round 4 of the pioneering Connecticut microgrid grant program closed with the onset of the new year. Eight entities filed applications for funding to develop community microgrids with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), which is managing and administering the program. Originally created in … [Read more...]

The Brains Behind the Brain of the Microgrid: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

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A lot of disagreement exists about what constitutes a microgrid. But there are two things people generally agree on. First, a microgrid can island or isolate itself from the central grid. Second, they are governed by a microgrid controller that acts as a management brain and distinguishes the system from being just a "dumb" amalgamation of power … [Read more...]

How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids

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Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply. First came Hurricane Harvey in late August with wind and water knocking out 10,000 MW of generating capacity in Texas. Then on … [Read more...]

What’s Next as NREL Ups the IQ of the Microgrid Controller?

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is expected to release results soon from a microgrid controller competition designed to further develop the “brain” of the microgrid. NREL will announce a winner and publish results for the microgrid industry to use in advancing the all-important intelligence that distinguishes microgrids from … [Read more...]

Will This Solar Community Microgrid Save Money AND Generate Income?

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Researchers at University of California, Riverside, are testing a control system for a solar community microgrid that will decide how to dispatch assets — reaping energy savings and perhaps generating income. The Bourns College of Engineering research team is working on a power system for a microgrid located at the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe … [Read more...]

First Cybersecure Microgrid Controller Installed by Midwestern Utility

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This is the sixth and final article in a Microgrid Knowledge series. This post explores what is being described as the first utility-owned microgrid to include an advanced cybersecure microgrid controller.  A 1.475-MW test project is being described by a Midwestern utility and a key partner as one of the most technologically advanced … [Read more...]

Wind-powered Community Microgrids Heat “Boxes of Bricks” in Alaska Homes

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Wind-powered community microgrids are providing both electricity and heat to four small rural communities in Alaska, cutting residents’ fuel bills and reducing dependence on diesel fuel. What makes the project viable is its focus on community needs beyond just electricity, said Dennis Meiners, principal of Anchorage-based Intelligent Energy … [Read more...]

The Intelligent Microgrid and the Value of Software

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At the Microgrid 2017 conference, Michael Carlson, president, Siemens Digital Grid NA, defines an intelligent microgrid and discusses the role of software in boosting the value of microgrids and providing services to the grid. He also describes two Siemens microgrid projects. One of the things that sets microgrids apart is that they have an … [Read more...]

Schneider, Planet Ark Power Win Grant for Renewable Microgrid in South Australia

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Australian-based Planet Ark Power and multinational partner Schneider Electric have won a $1.95 million grant towards a $13.9 million renewable microgrid at a major distribution center in South Australia's capital city Adelaide. The project includes a microgrid management system governing 5.7 MW of solar photovoltaics and 2.9 MWh of battery … [Read more...]

What is the Future of Microgrids in the Post-Hurricane Virgin Islands?

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How best to go about rebuilding is the multi-billion dollar question hanging over the US Virgin Islands as it picks itself up from massive destruction wrought by the recent hurricanes. Hurricanes Irma and Maria took a heavy toll on the islands' electric grids. Irma left St. Thomas and St. John without electricity when it made landfall early … [Read more...]