Massachusetts Funds 14 Microgrid Projects in 12 Communities

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Massachusetts today named 14 microgrid projects that will each receive grants of $75,000 for microgrid feasibility studies. In doing so, Massachusetts became the second state in as many days to allot a block of money to microgrid projects. California yesterday chose 10 projects to receive a total of $51.9 million in matching grants. The … [Read more...]

California Names 10 Winners for $51.9 Million in Microgrid Grants

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Look for acceleration of the already active California microgrid market following yesterday’s announcement that *proposes 10 new projects for $51.9 million in microgrid grants. The money comes from the California Energy Commission, which had originally planned to allot $44.7 million but increased the offering after reviewing the 60 grant … [Read more...]

Combined Heat and Power is the Dominant Microgrid Technology…For Now


Combined heat and power (CHP) is the dominant form of microgrid technology now, but solar energy threatens to usurp its position by 2026. That's the word from Navigant Research in its new report, Microgrid Enabling Technologies Market Overview. The report finds that among generation technologies deployed within microgrids, CHP leads with 655 … [Read more...]

Launch Alaska Funds Microgrid-Related Technology…Plus News from Australia and Maryland

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Microgrid-related technology wins Launch Alaska funds Launch Alaska has selected four companies, some with microgrid-related technology, to participate in its 2018 business accelerator in Anchorage, Alaska. The participants will complete a four-month intensive program and receive mentorship, business training, business services, and $75,000 in … [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...]

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...]

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


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...]

Siemens Ups its Blockchain Ante with New Investment in LO3 Energy


Siemens sent a clear signal that it sees promise in LO3 Energy's blockchain distributed energy ledger with an increase in its stake in the emerging technology. The global technology giant recently closed out LO3 Energy's Series A venture capital funding round. "Siemens' investment in LO3 represents our acknowledgement of the future potential … [Read more...]

Eight Projects Proposed in Round 4 of the Connecticut Microgrid Grant Program

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The application window for Round 4 of the pioneering Connecticut microgrid grant program closed with the onset of the new year. Eight entities filed applications for funding to develop community microgrids with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), which is managing and administering the program. Originally created in … [Read more...]