Inside a $40M Army Energy Efficiency Project and Microgrid on the Marshall Islands

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Johnson Controls has been awarded a $40 million energy conservation contract that includes a remote microgrid on the Marshall Islands, designed to boost resiliency and cut diesel use for the U.S. Army. A partnership of Johnson Controls and the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, the multi-stage project is underway at the U.S. Army Garrison … [Read more...]

The Double Life of Microgrids: Eaton’s Solution to a Cybersecurity Problem

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When it comes to cybersecurity, microgrids live a dichotomy. They can block the ill effects of a hacked power grid. But they also can invite trouble. Because of their ability to island from the grid, microgrids offer protections to their customers during an attack on the grid. If a hacker causes a grid outage, the microgrid can separate … [Read more...]

More Opportunity for Microgrids as Texas Coal Plants Retire

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Texas appears to be headed for a precarious summer with the potential for a tight power supply – a situation that could create opportunity for quick response microgrids. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator that manages the flow of electric power to 24 million Texas customers, issued a warning signal in late 2017. … [Read more...]

“Stale” Time-of-Use Rates May Undercut Benefits of Energy Storage in California

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California's grid operator is considering a load shift product that could beat "stale" time-of-use rates in its ability to avoid greenhouse gases and generate income for energy storage system owners and operators. The problem, for storage system owners, is time-of-use rates are getting “stale,” and don’t represent what mix of fuels are producing … [Read more...]

ComEd’s Much-Watched Bronzeville Microgrid Wins Key Backing

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Chicago’s much-watched Bronzeville microgrid has scored a key win with an administrative law judge recommending that state regulators okay the Commonwealth Edison project. Countering objections from the state attorney general, Administrative Law Judge Jessica Cardoni found the plant to be “prudent and reasonable” in a proposed order filed with … [Read more...]

Will the New Solar Tariffs Hurt the Microgrid Industry? Yes and No

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Energy insiders offered mixed views this week about how new solar tariffs imposed by the Trump administration will impact the microgrid industry. The tariff on imported solar panels and cells came in response to complaints from two foreign-owned solar companies operating in the US. The companies said they were forced into bankruptcy as a result … [Read more...]

Are Energy Storage Projects Qualifying Facilities? A “Shotgun Wedding” for PURPA

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What are energy storage projects under federal law? Are they eligible for certain favorable long-term contracts with utilities? Or are they subject to less attractive rules and regulations that apply to solar energy? That’s the question that Franklin Energy, which develops distributed energy resources, is asking in Idaho, where it has proposed … [Read more...]

Mini-Grids Foolhardy No Longer, Husk Power Raises $20M via Engie, Shell & Swedfund

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With a $20 million venture capital infusion for their mini-grids, Husk Power Systems is pressing forward with its mission to electrify rural communities, much like the one in India where the company's founder grew up. From new headquarters in Colorado, the 10-year-old company is advancing a mini-grid technology that uses organic agricultural … [Read more...]

What Will Become of the Electric Utility in the Age of Microgrids?

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What’s an electric utility? Better yet, what will it become? Those questions nag utilities -- and their competitors -- as technology disrupts the century-old power industry. Microgrids, electric vehicles, distributed energy resources (DERs), energy storage, the prosumer, blockchain will either upend utilities -- or bring them new opportunity -- … [Read more...]

Choosing the Type of Microgrid that is Right for Your Operation

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So you’ve decided that your operation needs a microgrid. But what type of microgrid? Answering that question isn’t always easy because microgrids come in many different permutations, often customized to the business, factory, hospital, university, community or other operation they serve. But they do fall into certain broad categories, sliced and … [Read more...]