No Microgrid is an Island? A Look at the Growing Value of Connectedness

microgrids

Well, okay, some microgrids are electrical islands, particularly those that are on a literal island or in a desert or on a mountaintop or somewhere no central grid exists. They function in a stand-alone fashion, or in industry parlance islanded. Others operate independently just some of the time, separating from the central grid during a … [Read more...]

Homeland Security Calls for Microgrid-Driven Community Enclaves

community enclaves

A new Homeland Security report calls for creation of microgrid-driven community enclaves as part of a larger safety strategy should the United States experience a catastrophic power failure. Issued by the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), which reports to Homeland Security, the report looked at the nation’s readiness to … [Read more...]

My Car, Your Home, a Microgrid and the Future

LO3

Cars, homes and microgrids will be key market actors in a future where consumers produce and share energy. eMotorWerks and LO3 Energy intend to demonstrate that such a future is getting closer. The two companies announced a collaboration today to test tools that will let consumers buy and sell electricity within microgrids using their homes … [Read more...]

Let’s Re-Design Wholesale Market Rules To Reap The Benefits of Solar and Wind: Report

wholesale power market

Making wholesale power market rules friendlier to solar and wind energy could bring numerous cost and flexibility benefits, said a new report from a non-profit dedicated to strengthening the U.S. economy with renewable energy. Even though the prices of solar and wind energy are lower in many areas than conventional options, grid operators … [Read more...]

Making Microgrids as Simple to Deploy & Finance as Rooftop Solar

Scale Microgrid

Scale Microgrid Solutions is on a mission to make sophisticated microgrids as easy to deploy and finance as rooftop solar, said Timothy Hade, microgrid specialist for the company. “Our thesis is that at scale, microgrids have all sorts of great technical aspects that can make our total energy system cleaner, cheaper and more reliable. But … [Read more...]

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...]

Utilities See Future Profits in Microgrids: Survey

utilities

Utilities see microgrids and related technologies as future revenue opportunities to help counter dampened profits from their traditional services, according to a new study from Accenture. The finding came from a survey of 150 utility executives across more than 25 countries, part of Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research program, now … [Read more...]

Cloud Computing Meets Microgrids in New Palo Alto Project

community microgrid

Cloud computing giant VMware is joining forces with one of the world’s tech capitals, Palo Alto, California, to explore the potential of community microgrid projects. The partners announced on Thursday that they will develop a proof-of-concept microgrid at VMware’s headquarters in Palo Alto. The project will test the resiliency offered by … [Read more...]

School Microgrids Create Stability for Children in Puerto Rico

school microgrids

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

Montgomery County microgrids

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...]