What’s Electric Resilience Worth to You?

electric resilience

Power outages are a nuisance to some, an economic burden to others, and even lethal in some cases. Because the pain that outages inflict varies so much, it is hard to place a universal price on electric resilience. So it is crucial that each customer knows what power loss costs them as they weigh their need for a microgrid, according to … [Read more...]

Tanzania’s Mini-grids and the Pitfalls and Potential of the Pan-Africa Microgrid Market

Tanzania’s mini-grids

Eliminating energy poverty looms large among the 17 main goals that make up the UN’s strategic sustainable development agenda. Sub-Saharan Africa, where more people lack access to electrical power than any other major world region, is a focal point for associated efforts. Mini and microgrids are playing a growing role. More than 70 percent of … [Read more...]

Could Alaska’s Microgrids Seed the Globe?

Alaska microgrid

The chase is on among states to become the economic and technology hub of the growing microgrid industry. California and the Northeast states are neck-and-neck. But watch for a spoiler – Alaska. One could even argue that the Alaska microgrid industry already won. The northern most state boasts 12 percent of the world’s microgrids, making it the … [Read more...]

What Do Today’s Microgrid Customers Seek?

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What are today’s microgrid customers seeking? The quick answer is more reliable power. The deeper answer is that they need “optionality,” according to Michael Carlson, president of Siemens Digital Grid US. Carlson, who will be a featured panelist at Microgrid 2017 in Boston next month, sat down recently with Microgrid Knowledge to describe … [Read more...]

Miramar Microgrid Update…$22.3B Energy Storage Microgrid Market…& Other Project News

military microgrids

Miramar microgrid to be complete next year Construction is now underway on the Miramar microgrid, one of the largest and most carefully watched military microgrids, and a joint venture of Schneider Electric and Black & Veatch. U.S. Marine Corps and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest leadership hosted a ceremony Sept. 28 to … [Read more...]

Maryland Utility Proposes $44.2M Pilot for Public Purpose Microgrids

public purpose microgrids

Pepco has filed a $44.2 million proposal with Maryland regulators to build two public purpose microgrids, designed to keep power flowing to essential societal services during a grid outage and bolster utility operations on normal days. The Exelon subsidiary petitioned for approval of the microgrids before the Maryland Public Service … [Read more...]

Funds for Microgrid Startups…JLM secures $25M…Making Solar Cybersecure

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Funding for NYC microgrid startups New York’s Urban Future Lab is now offering $50,000 awards plus incubation guidance for microgrid startups and other smart grid entrepreneurial efforts. Sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the clean tech incubation program helps scale new technologies. Called … [Read more...]

Major Australian Power Retailer Trials Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading

blockchain energy trading

Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid describes a new peer-to-peer blockchain energy trading trial underway in Australia. Another of Australia’s major power retailers, Origin Energy, has dipped its toe into the peer-to-peer energy trading future, with the launch of a trial with Perth-based blockchain energy market provider, Power … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids? It’s All in the Name

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When Steve Jobs released the first iPhone ten years ago, Bloomberg predicated only "a few gadget freaks” would find it appealing. Bloomberg wasn’t alone. Many other reputable analysts failed to foresee the iPhone’s appeal and how this small device would redefine markets. Who knew a little box could do so much – be a phone, but also a banking … [Read more...]

Mayors Call for Microgrid Tax Incentives in U.S. Infrastructure Plan

microgrid tax incentives

A United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) energy committee has called for microgrid tax incentives to be included in a national infrastructure plan for Congress. Called “The New Bedford Principles,” the proposal was released at the mayors’ summit on smart cities and new energy technologies September 14-15 in New Bedford, Mass. The group … [Read more...]