FuelCell Energy Acquires 14.9 MW Fuel Cell Park from Dominion Energy for $36.6M

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FuelCell Energy this week entered into an agreement to acquire Dominion Energy's 14.9 MW fuel cell park in Bridgeport, Connecticut for $36.6 million. The Connecticut-based fuel cell manufacturer built the fuel cell park for Dominion Energy and already operates and maintains the plant under a service agreement. The transaction is the result … [Read more...]

Cheapest Generating Resources for New Generation? Wind, Solar and Natural Gas

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Wind, solar and natural gas are the lowest-cost generation choices for new electric facilities, according to a recent report from the Energy Institute at the University of Texas in Austin (UT). The analysis looks at the direct and indirect costs of building, financing, operating and fueling new generation, including the environmental costs, … [Read more...]

Distribution Feeder Microgrids Get a Closer Look with a $20M Grant

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Distribution feeder microgrids are about to get a closer look thanks to a $20 million grant the National Science Foundation awarded to a consortium of research institutions. The money will go toward developing the New Mexico SMART Grid Center, a grid modernization project exploring how consumers can generate, store, and manage energy on … [Read more...]

With San Diego Airport Microgrid, No More Blackouts and $6.4M/year Saved

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Before the San Diego International Airport microgrid was built, the airport experienced four to five blackouts a year, each which lasted two to eight hours, according to Darr Hashempour, CEO of DH Green Energy, the consulting firm that designed and built the microgrid. The blackouts -- which occurred during San Diego Gas and Electric's … [Read more...]

A $100 Million Microgrid Proposed for Downtown Cleveland

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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...]

ENGIE EPS Creates Harmony, Billed as the World’s Largest Microgrid

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ENGIE EPS recently launched what the company bills as the world's largest microgrid project -- a 100-MW solar-storage platform* that will be capable of meeting all of the Micronesian island of Palau's power needs. It isn't surprising that the company chose Palau for the project. Island states struggle more than others to deal with the threat … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Proposes New Microgrid and $500M Energy Storage Investment

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Duke Energy has proposed a microgrid to serve the western North Carolina town of Hot Springs as part of a larger plan that includes a $500 million investment in energy storage over 15 years. The solar-storage microgrid will bolster electric reliability for the mountainous town served only by a 10-mile, 22.86-kV feeder line, said Zachary … [Read more...]

A Big Week For Reshaping the Electric Grid with EVs

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EV programs may soon come to a grid near you as states continue to expand and refine charging efforts. Here's a look at some big moves this week in California, Massachusetts and New York. Massachusetts okays one of largest EV programs In Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Utilities on September 10 okayed a $25 million charging … [Read more...]