The Microgrids Worked as Puerto Rico’s Grid Went Down Again

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Reports from sources on the ground show that new microgrids and nanogrids in Puerto Rico proved their worth last week, providing resilient power in the wake of an island-wide grid outage April 18. Still struggling to bring parts of the island back from September's Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico was plunged into darkness when a contractor's truck … [Read more...]

Tours Selling Out for Microgrid 2018. With Audience Growing, New Speakers/Sessions Added

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Microgrid 2018 planners are urging those who want to attend the May 7-9 event to register soon. Seats are limited and the audience is growing quickly. Already, two of the Chicago-area microgrid tours have reached capacity. “The three-day conference is attracting an impressive audience -- from potential microgrid customers looking to adopt this … [Read more...]

Microgrid Dreaming: California Gov. Brown Makes it Real at his Ranch

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Who knew he was envisioning his own home when three years ago in his inaugural address California Gov. Jerry Brown described a future with microgrids. In a walk-the-talk move, Brown now has a solar plus storage microgrid serving his new home, a ranch north of Sacramento. Brown needed the microgrid for the same reason 1.4 billion others in … [Read more...]

Can Biogas CHP Help Duke University Meet Aggressive Climate Goals?

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Duke University is exploring what it takes to acquire and transport renewable biogas from North Carolina hog farms for what may turn out to be a new, microgrid-ready combined heat and power (CHP) plant on the university's main campus. The biogas project emerged after students protested plans by the university and Duke Energy to build … [Read more...]

How Cities and the Military Can Join Forces to Improve Resilience, Add Microgrids

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In an iconic photo from last August's Hurricane Harvey, a national guardsman in near waist-high flood waters carries a woman to safety on his back. The photo depicts a common thread found in disaster rescue – the military are called. So it makes sense that today’s movement to improve urban resilience – and add microgrids – looks to the … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2018: A Conference Like No Other for Microgrids

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Microgrid 2018 is coming up soon. Seats are selling fast for the May 7-9 event in Chicago. We're describing it as a microgrid event like no other yet held. Here's why... What makes Microgrid 2018 unique? First, our agenda is designed to bring together those who want to lead and shape the course of the growing microgrid industry over the … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Way: Going Green with Solar & Supercapacitor-based Energy Storage

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If utilities offered their customers solar energy and took advantage of supercapacitor-based energy storage, we could significantly cut greenhouse-gas emissions. That’s the word from Omer Ghani, CEO and co-founder, Kilowatt Labs, which produces supercapacitor-based energy storage called Sirius Energy Storage and the Centauri Energy Server, … [Read more...]

Who Pays for Utility Microgrids? An Economist Takes on the Challenge

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It’s easy to identify microgrid benefits. But figuring out the business model to monetize those benefits is another story, especially when it comes to utility microgrids. The issue is tangled in state regulation, most of it formulated well before resiliency became a societal priority and microgrids came into play. These rules can make it … [Read more...]

How Two Arizona Microgrids Helped the Macro Grid: A Year in Review

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One year and 43 “events” later Arizona Public Service (APS) says it's happy with its foray into microgrids and is ready to build more. But not for the usual reason. The utility turned to its two microgrids 43 times not for backup power, but to help restore frequency within the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), which manages grid … [Read more...]

CHP Tax Credit Likely to Boost Microgrid Market

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The microgrid market stands to get a boost from the recent extension of a federal tax credit for combined heat and power (CHP), often a key element of microgrids. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law February 9, reinstated the 10 percent tax credit (ITC) for CHP technologies. Project developers can use the credit for projects that … [Read more...]