Microgrid to Safeguard Emergency Medicine Supply for Disaster Relief Group

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Direct Relief, a not-for-profit charitable organization, has installed a microgrid at its 155,000 square foot warehouse in Santa Barbara, Calif., to help ensure it can fulfill its mission to provide medicine and medical supplies for disaster relief. The idea for the installation was “largely informed by our experience in Puerto Rico” where … [Read more...]

US Utility Invests in Kilowatt Labs to Boost Service with Microgrids

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Until December 2017, Kilowatt Labs was still a startup company, developing supercapacitor-based energy storage and an energy server that’s designed to manage distributed energy. But after the company delivered its first product in January, Kilowatt Labs attracted more business than expected. Most recently, it garnered a $2.5 million … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Goes Big by Going Local in the Microgrid Market

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Advanced microgrids were still something of a bet four years ago when Schneider Electric and partners rolled out the Oncor microgrid in Texas, an early demonstration project. Tiptoeing into microgrids then, the energy management and automation giant now is in full stride, made clear this week at its Innovation Summit North America in Atlanta, … [Read more...]

Microgrid To Ensure Cattle on Historic Hawaii Ranch Never Go Thirsty

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At Parker Ranch -- a cattle ranch founded in the early 1800s and the largest in Hawaii -- a 400-kW Go Electric microgrid will ensure that cattle never go thirsty due to outages that have plagued the ranch for years. Situated near the end of Hawaii Electric Light’s (HELCO) distribution line on the Big Island are pumping stations that move … [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...]

Maryland Offers $5M for Resiliency Hub Microgrids

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Maryland today made $5 million available for resiliency hub microgrids — public places with electricity during power outages within low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) issued a competitive solicitation for the community microgrids. Applications are due March 1, 2019. The state agency describes a … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Bill Would Seek 100 Percent Renewable Energy & Streamline Interconnection

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A special legislative commission in Puerto Rico is considering a bill that would put the US territory on track to meet its electric demand with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, as well as streamline grid interconnection of distributed energy and microgrids. The proposed “Public Policy Law on Energy Diversification through Sustainable … [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...]

School Microgrids Create Stability for Children in Puerto Rico

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Economics often decide the fate of a microgrid proposal. Sometimes, however, the calculator gets set aside when the project has a strong humanitarian purpose. Such is the case with a program launched by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Save the Children to build school microgrids in Puerto Rico. The program emerged after RMI began … [Read more...]

Montgomery County Microgrids Now Live and Leading

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The concept of the no-money down microgrid gained significant footing this week with the kickoff in Maryland of two Montgomery County microgrids. The county government went live with a microgrid at its public safety headquarters in Gaithersburg and another at a correctional facility in Boyds. Developed by Duke Energy Renewables and Schneider … [Read more...]