Microgrid to Serve as Core of $110-$120M Connecticut Mixed-Use Project

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The developer of a $110-$120 million mixed use project in Manchester, Connecticut plans to incorporate a microgrid that taps into opportunity zone federal tax breaks. The Manchester Broad Street Parkade microgrid will include around 1 MW of solar PV,  2-3 MW of natural gas-fired combined heat and power, batteries, and a water heating … [Read more...]

Why Microgrid Developers Shouldn’t be Storm Chasers

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Don’t follow one-time disasters to find microgrid opportunities; look instead to areas with recurring power outages and businesses interested in resilience, says a new study. Curious about the impact of storms and disasters, Wood Mackenzie, a global research and consultancy business, looked at microgrids sized 100 kW and above that were … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Close to Finalizing a Clean Peak Standard. Good News for Microgrids

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Massachusetts is close to implementing a clean peak standard that could bring wider opportunities for microgrid developers. It would also make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to implement the standard. Based on the premise that renewable energy is good for the environment, but even better if used at the right time, the clean peak … [Read more...]

When Your Campus Microgrid Works So Well No One Notices

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You know you’ve done something right when your new campus microgrid islands so seamlessly that you don’t even know it happened. That’s what occurred in February, in response to a communications glitch, at Montclair State University (MSU), the second largest university in New Jersey with 23,000 students. MSU's system includes a 5.4-MW … [Read more...]

Tough Summer for the Power Grid. But the Microgrids are Working

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Severe heat and storms across the US this summer have strained the electric grid and caused extensive power outages. But the microgrids are working. Consider what happened on July 20 in northeast and north central Wisconsin when a thunderstorm knocked out power to 240,000 customers, leaving 50,000 with no power for two to three days. The … [Read more...]

Rural Electrification: Not Only Lights, but Jobs

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Minigrids and distributed renewable energy (DRE) promise to create much-needed employment as rural electrification ramps up in Nigeria, India and Kenya, according to a study, Powering Jobs Census 2019: The Energy Access Workforce. The report comes from Power for All, an organization of 250 business, finance, research and civil society … [Read more...]

History of Microgrids in the US: From Pearl Street to Plug-and-Play

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While it may seem that microgrids are new, the history of microgrids shows they have been around in some form for years in the US — although they haven’t always been called microgrids. The first one was introduced by Thomas Edison in 1882 at his Pearl Street Station, which combined heat and power and produced electricity and thermal … [Read more...]

Nigerian Universities Graduate to Off-Grid Microgrids

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Four Nigerian universities will soon disconnect from the national grid with off-grid microgrids, as part of a national program to bring microgrids to dozens of universities. A subsidiary of Greece's Mytilineos, METKA Power West Africa is providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for phase one of the four Energizing Education … [Read more...]

Georgia Makes a Big Clean Energy Move

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Georgia isn’t usually associated with bold clean energy moves, but this week state regulators decided to make some history. The Public Service Commission did so in a vote on Georgia Power’s integrated resource plan (IRP), a strategy that outlines what resources the utility plans to use over 20 years. (Dockets 42310 and 42311). Filed in … [Read more...]

Alaska, Model of Microgrid Development, Delivers Resiliency in Cold, Remote Conditions

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Alaska’s challenges — cold weather and the high cost of delivered energy — are part of the reason the state is a model of innovative microgrid development, with the largest number of microgrids in the US, at 122. “This innovation flows from both the challenges associated with providing reliable electricity without the benefit of traditional … [Read more...]