Nor’easter Arrives on Cue for Schneider’s Microgrid Announcement

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Reeling from the third nor’easter in two weeks, New England offered up the perfect backdrop for Schneider Electric to unveil a new industrial microgrid project in Massachusetts this week. The energy management and automation company plans to install the microgrid at its Foxboro manufacturing facility, located in a region where the latest storm … [Read more...]

Why These 10 Microgrids Won Funding in California

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Ten California microgrid projects recently beat 150 others in a competition for $51.9 million in state grant money. What set them apart? The proposed* winners had to meet strict requirements, demonstrating a business case for advanced microgrids that support the state’s energy and greenhouse gas policies. That included proving that projects had … [Read more...]

Long Before Microgrids were Called Microgrids: The Russelectric Story

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You might say the world’s just catching up to Russelectric. Long before microgrids were called microgrids, the Massachusetts-based company offered the technology. “We have been building microgrid and distributed energy controllers and systems for 50-60 years, they just weren't calling them that,” said John Stark, Russelectric’s marketing … [Read more...]

Inside a $40M Army Energy Efficiency Project and Microgrid on the Marshall Islands

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Johnson Controls has been awarded a $40 million energy conservation contract that includes a remote microgrid on the Marshall Islands, designed to boost resiliency and cut diesel use for the U.S. Army. A partnership of Johnson Controls and the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, the multi-stage project is underway at the U.S. Army Garrison … [Read more...]

The Double Life of Microgrids: Eaton’s Solution to a Cybersecurity Problem

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When it comes to cybersecurity, microgrids live a dichotomy. They can block the ill effects of a hacked power grid. But they also can invite trouble. Because of their ability to island from the grid, microgrids offer protections to their customers during an attack on the grid. If a hacker causes a grid outage, the microgrid can separate … [Read more...]

Concentric to Offer $100M in Cogeneration and Microgrid Project Finance

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California-based Concentric Power has launched a $100 million program to finance cogeneration and microgrid projects, primarily for commercial and industrial companies. With roots in the U.S. food and agricultural industries, the company plans to leverage the new finance program to dive deeper into its core sector as well as expand into … [Read more...]

Siemens Introduces New Microgrid Controller for Smaller Projects

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Siemens Digital Grid this week introduced a new microgrid controller, designed for small scale distributed energy projects, in keeping with the rise of solar plus storage microgrids. The new controller -- the brain of the microgrid -- serves demand for simpler microgrids, often characterized as having fewer generation sources and a smaller … [Read more...]

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...]