Research Microgrid in Alabama Neighborhood an IQ Test for Smart Systems

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A new residential neighborhood in Alabama will feature a research microgrid that aims to help Alabama Power better understand the benefits and appeal of smart systems, including microgrids and appliances that can be controlled by phones. Smart Neighborhood, a community of 62 homes, is a partnership among the utility, developer Signature … [Read more...]

How Fuel Cell Microgrids Improve Electric Reliability

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The frequency and duration of power outages is on the rise. This excerpt from, “Fuel Cell Microgrids: The Path to Lower Cost, Higher Reliability Cleaner Energy," explains how fuel cell microgrids keep the power flowing. The digital world we live in not only makes us more dependent on electric power, but also increases our vulnerability to … [Read more...]

FuelCell Energy Signs Deal to Serve Connecticut Military Base

FuelCell Energy

FuelCell Energy this week struck a deal with a group of Connecticut public power utilities to install a 7.4 MW fuel cell that will serve a U.S. submarine base in Groton. The fuel cell installation is part of a larger plan by the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC) to support US Department of Defense goals to add resiliency … [Read more...]

PG&E Begins Offering $240M for Generation and Energy Storage Incentives through SGIP

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Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is inviting businesses and consumers to apply for $240 million in renewable and energy storage incentives through its self-generation incentive program (SGIP) for 2017. California regulators have directed PG&E and other investor-owned utilities to distribute $566,692,308 designated to the SGIP program … [Read more...]

An Environmental Case for the Fuel Cell Microgrid: Producing Power with No Combustion

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A fuel cell microgrid produces electricity through a chemical reaction -- not combustion. This gives it an environmental advantage over many conventional generation technologies, as explained in this excerpt from "Fuel Cell Microgrids: The Path to Lower Cost, Higher Reliability Cleaner Energy." A recent study by Argonne National Lab found that … [Read more...]

Tribal Microgrid in Northern California Shows How Communities Can Lead on Climate

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As the federal government retracts from climate goals, a small tribal microgrid in Northern California is showing how to reduce greenhouse gases affordably one community at a time. The Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid is now live and collecting data to share with others, according to project partners who spoke on a press call Thursday. Located … [Read more...]

California Doubles SGIP Benefits, Gives Big Boost to Energy Storage Funding

Energy Storage Funding

Citing the benefits of energy storage for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, providing grid support and promoting market transformation,  California regulators have doubled incentives for the Self-Generation Incentive Program, giving the lion’s share to energy storage funding. The state’s investor-owned utilities in 2017, 2018 and 2019 must … [Read more...]

The Rise of Fuel Cell Microgrids: Special Report

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Fuel cell microgrids are on the rise, the result of a natural pairing of two technologies — fuel cells and microgrids — that serve a mutual mission. Together, they meet today’s demand for energy that is cost-competitive, highly reliable, clean, quiet, contained, modular, scalable and community-friendly. Once futuristic, both technologies … [Read more...]

Asian Utility Week to Highlight Growing Microgrid Market Opportunities

Asian Utility Week

The microgrid market is exploding in the Asia-Pacific region as countries including Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines try to increase power reliability. This trend will be highlighted at the upcoming Asian Utility Week large-scale expo, scheduled for May 24-25 at the Impact Arena, Exhibition and Convention Center in Bangkok. Asian … [Read more...]

Gas Turbine Microgrids on Two Continents: Mirror Images of Reliability

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Gas turbine microgrids in Alaska and Australia offer mirror images of microgrid capabilities, as we explain in this excerpt from Gas Turbine Microgrids: Reliability and Sustainability through Intelligence. One of the benefits of gas turbine microgrids is their ability to ‘island’ electrical operations from the surrounding grid. In Sitka, … [Read more...]