Schneider Electric Teams with Arensis on Blockchain Software for Microgrids

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Schneider Electric and software company Arensis will team up to develop smart microgrids using blockchain to help those in remote areas of the world make electricity transactions. A major player in microgrids, Schneider Electric has already delivered several distributed energy projects with California-based Arensis. The companies will now … [Read more...]

Private Funding Strategies Streamline Path to Sustainable, Local Economic Success through Energy-as-a-Service

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Karen Morgan, president and CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks, explores what DEN calls the "community resilience imperative," and how innovative private funding strategies are streamlining the path to sustainable, local economic success through energy-as-a-service.  The central goal of both public and … [Read more...]

Bloom Energy Secures $100M in Financing; Demand Grows for Fuel Cell Microgrids

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Fuel cell manufacturer Bloom Energy has secured $100 million in project financing from Key Equipment Finance, as it sees demand grow for microgrids. Key will provide lease financing for fuel cell projects in the commercial and indusrial sector, totaling about 10-15 MW. Bloom Energy says it will now be able to offer shorter term deal … [Read more...]

Translating DER and Microgrid Complexity into Simplicity & Bankability

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) wants to make microgrids more bankable. But to do so it must first translate DER and microgrid complexity into simplicity. That's the aim of a $2 million grant that the commission awarded to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In turn, EPRI has hired Bankable Energy/Xendee -- developer of … [Read more...]

New York Expands Value Stack Crediting for Distributed Energy — Beyond Solar

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New York regulators this week voted to expand -- beyond just solar -- the distributed energy resources eligible for compensation under the state’s new value stack crediting. The Public Service Commission gave a greenlight to apply the credit to certain energy storage projects, along with tidal energy, biomass and food-waste digestion … [Read more...]

US DOE Allots $10M to Combined Heat & Power Projects for Manufacturers

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to allot up to $10 million to seven combined heat and power (CHP) projects, some of them CHP microgrids, to explore the technology’s use by small-to-midsize manufacturers. CHP is considered a highly efficient form of distributed energy because it uses the waste heat created during power production. … [Read more...]

Microgrid Project at Submarine Base Receives $5M Connecticut Grant

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Connecticut has released $5 million to establish a microgrid project at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Announced last week by Gov. Dannel Malloy, the grant comes from the Connecticut Microgrid Program. Now in its fifth year, the program has issued $18.4 million for ten microgrids. Nine are in operation and one is under … [Read more...]

What California’s Microgrid Bill Means to the State – and Everybody Else

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California’s large influence on the energy industry bodes well for US microgrid growth, following the state's passage last week of microgrid legislation that other states are likely to emulate, say industry players. SB 1339 opens the door for creation of a microgrid tariff and predictable interconnection rules and time frames. Both create … [Read more...]

Inside the Rockefeller Foundation’s $20 Million Plan to Improve Energy Access in India

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The Rockefeller Foundation recently announced it will invest $20 million to expand energy access in rural India over the next three years. Off-grid renewable minigrids, as microgrids are known in India, figure prominently in the foundation's plans. Smart Power India, a program launched by the foundation in 2015, intends to bring sustainable … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Financing Options Can Help Manage Your Risk

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz explores a variety of microgrid financing options that can help better manage risk and enhance microgrid value.  Imagine you made the decision to move forward with a microgrid and now it is time for the dreaded question of how to pay for it. One simple preferred business … [Read more...]