Harvard University: A Valedictorian of Microgrids and Distributed Energy

As an early adopter of microgrids and distributed energy, Harvard University continues to lead the way in demonstrating energy security, reliability, sustainability and resilience for higher education. Harvard’s history of producing and distributing power, heat and water dates back a long way. Having been a district heating customer since the … [Read more...]

Denver’s Peña Station NEXT: This Way to Energy Utopia?

Denver’s Peña Station NEXT offers an energy planner's dream: 382 acres where engineers can start from scratch in creating a clean energy community. No legacy power plants to accommodate, no wires and poles and substations to navigate — the open landscape near Denver International Airport is a rare find in a nation with near ubiquitous … [Read more...]

CleanSpark Inks Military Microgrid Deal & News from Maryland DOT and Tecogen

CleanSpark to provide military microgrid at Pendleton CleanSpark has won a $900,000 contract to work on a military microgrid at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton near San Diego. The California-based microgrid developer will install a turn-key advanced microgrid as a sub-contractor to Bethel-Webcor JV, which is designing and constructing … [Read more...]

District Energy, CHP and Microgrids in Our Nation’s Energy Infrastructure

Robert Thornton, of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), describes advocacy work underway to educate the federal government about the importance of including district energy, CHP and microgrids in plans for national infrastructure improvement. The Trump Administration has set its sights on passing a major $1 trillion … [Read more...]

Will America’s Steel City Build the First Grid of Microgrids? 

To many, the idea of creating a grid of microgrids is somewhere out in the future. Even a pipe dream. But for Pittsburgh, it’s now. The city is pursuing an aggressive plan to lead on energy, which includes developing a series of connected local energy systems. “The idea of having an energy plant that is 100 miles away producing energy to make … [Read more...]

University Achieves 20 Percent Savings with Smart Financing and a Fuel Cell Microgrid

A fuel cell microgrid now supplies 80 percent of the power for critical facilities at the University of Bridgeport and cuts the energy costs by 20 percent during normal operations, as explained in this case study from “Fuel Cell Microgrids: The Path to Lower Cost, Higher Reliability Cleaner Energy." Spiritualist drawing rooms in 19th century … [Read more...]

Think Really Boldly, British Company Tells Bidders for Technology Park Microgrid

An unusual real estate company in England is seeking 'bold' partners to develop a technology park microgrid in West Cumbria. Britain's Energy Coast (BEC) plans to install the microgrid at Westlake’s Science & Technology Park in a bid for energy independence and environmental stewardship. The microgrid will serve the park's 14 … [Read more...]

Will Massachusetts Emerge as the Hub of the Microgrid Industry?

Say ‘oil’ and Houston comes to mind. Software is Silicon Valley. Steel is Pittsburgh. But for the fledgling microgrid industry, a regional identity has yet to form. California and New York are strong contenders. But the title could go to Massachusetts. Consider the company Massachusetts keeps. GE and Schneider Electric, two energy … [Read more...]

OATI Launches USA Microgrids and Other Microgrid News from IDEA and Oncor

OATI launches USA Microgrids USA Microgrids is the new microgrid development arm of  Minneapolis-based Open Access Technology International (OATI). The company says that it will help companies explore ways to make microgrids successful investments. USA Microgrids performs a wide variety of services to support microgrids and distributed energy … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Utilities? Washington, D.C. is Asking

In a newly launched grid modernization initiative, the District of Columbia is wrangling with the question: Are microgrids utilities? The question arises as the district’s Public Service Commission begins exploring how the nation’s capital city can create a more sustainable and reliable electric grid. In a report issued last week (Docket … [Read more...]