Resilient Energy: Hidden in Plain Sight and Waiting to be Unlocked

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Resilient energy – technologies like microgrids that allow us to rebound quickly from a power outage – is evolving from a mere buzzword into a valuable product, sometimes even bumping green energy into second place. The US Army offers a good example of this change, as explained recently by Michael McGee, executive director of the Army’s Office … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Evolution. Utilities Prepare for the Age of the Microgrid

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When John Caldwell of the Edison Electric Institute began a microgrid task force a few years ago, the utilities that joined saw no need to meet more than annually. Now they want to meet  monthly, reflecting what Caldwell sees as exponential growth in utility microgrids. “Active utility involvement in terms of partnering was probably less than 10 … [Read more...]

Nor’easter Arrives on Cue for Schneider’s Microgrid Announcement

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Reeling from the third nor’easter in two weeks, New England offered up the perfect backdrop for Schneider Electric to unveil a new industrial microgrid project in Massachusetts this week. The energy management and automation company plans to install the microgrid at its Foxboro manufacturing facility, located in a region where the latest storm … [Read more...]

Avoiding the Fate of Atlanta, Pittsburgh Looks to Build an Airport Microgrid

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Pittsburgh wants an airport microgrid. And developers -- a lot of them -- want to build it. The Allegheny County Airport Authority has received 64 responses to its request for expressions of interest seeking a developer to design, build, own and operate a microgrid at the Pittsburgh International Airport. The authority is considering making … [Read more...]

Power-to-Gas in Microgrids: Competitive with Batteries?

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Power-to-gas, a technology that converts excess renewable energy to gases that can be stored, is cost-competitive with lithium-ion batteries in microgrids, according to Matt Gregori, technology development manager, Southern California Gas. Gregori spoke at a solar conference last week at the University of California, Riverside. Southern … [Read more...]

Special Alert: ComEd Wins Approval for Innovative Microgrid Cluster in Chicago

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In a move with far-reaching implications for grid decentralization, Illinois regulators yesterday approved Commonwealth Edison’s cutting-edge microgrid cluster in Chicago. The first utility-scale microgrid cluster in the nation, the $25 million project is expected to demonstrate what some see as an eventual retooling of today’s centralized … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Gets Biggest Boost in Years. Thank you FERC

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A recent federal ruling is likely to give energy storage its biggest boost in years, and buoy microgrids along the way, by granting storage more access to revenue from competitive wholesale electricity markets. Issued February 15 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the rule aims to eliminate barriers that prevent energy storage from … [Read more...]

Too Few Microgrids for Puerto Rico? Or Too Many? Depends on Who You Ask

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With power still not fully restored, Puerto Rico finds itself forced to quickly answer questions about microgrids that much of the U.S. mainland has yet to tackle. How many microgrids are enough? What’s the utility role? What price should customers pay for microgrid power? How green should they be? And what defines a microgrid, … [Read more...]

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...]