Three Microgrid Business Models Emerge from Evolving Market

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Not one, but three microgrid business models are emerging as more players enter the market and use microgrids to help realize the grid of the future. That’s the underlying message of a report issued today by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Solar Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). “A diverse set of utility and other business … [Read more...]

A Steady Ride Up for the Microgrid Market in 2017?

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For infrastructure companies in the microgrid market, 2016 at times was like a roller coaster ride. Prospects rose with announcements like AEP’s to invest $52 million to build 8-10 utility microgrids as part of the Columbus, Ohio smart city. Lows came with regulatory and legislative defeat of utility microgrids in Illinois and Maryland and a … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Distributed Energy in Obama’s Final Energy Blueprint

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It’s unclear what’s ahead for federal policy on microgrids and distributed energy with the changing of the guard in Washington, D.C. But the Obama administration pushed the resources in its final energy blueprint issued last week. “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System,” the second installment of the Department of Energy’s Quadrennial … [Read more...]

Blockchain Energy Trading: What the Future Holds

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Stuart Ravens of Navigant Research describes the future of blockchain energy trading in an interview with Kat Friedrich of the Clean Energy Finance Forum and Conservation Finance Network. In Australia, Europe, and North America, energy companies are beginning to consider using blockchain technology for distributed-generation payments between … [Read more...]

PECO Looks for Way Forward on Community Microgrids

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PECO Energy has put its plan on hold to build community microgrids in Pennsylvania while it gathers together stakeholders into a collaborative to work out differences. The Exelon utility subsidiary hopes to build community microgrids for a high-density neighborhood with an 8.6 MW load. However, the plan ran into opposition before the … [Read more...]

Why the Utility-Microgrid Relationship May Grow Stronger: Hitachi

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The utility-microgrid relationship looked rocky early on. Like rooftop solar, here was another competitor threatening to rob away customers from utilities already nervous about flattened electricity demand in the U.S. But something’s changing, according to Steve Pullins, vice president of energy solutions at Hitachi Americas. More and … [Read more...]

NY Company to Bring Brooklyn Microgrid Peer-to-Peer Trading to Australia

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Sophie Vorrath, of One Step Off the Grid, describes plans by LO3 Energy to bring Brooklyn Microgrid blockchain technology to Australia. One of the architects of the peer-to-peer energy trading platform behind the world-leading Brooklyn Microgrid in the US has set up an office in New South Wales, with plans to trial its “TransActive Grid” … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Market Has Arrived and Here’s What’s Next: S&C Electric

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When Microgrid Knowledge interviewed Mike Edmonds, the president of US Business at S&C Electric, a year ago at Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C., he described the microgrid market as still emerging. This year at the same conference, Edmonds had a different take. With S&C’s contracts up 100 percent, Edmonds said, “There is clearly … [Read more...]

Microgrid Future: Has Elon Musk Figured Out How to Make Kilowatts into Eye Candy?

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The news from Elon Musk late last week was that Tesla/Solar City will offer solar glass roofs. But his subtext was even more interesting. Beauty – and utility partnerships – will drive a microgrid future. Musk is taking heat for not providing enough engineering or pricing details during Friday’s announcement. True.  But what Musk did do, in his … [Read more...]

$12.4M Multi-Utility Microgrid Project Announced by U.S./Canadian Team

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A North American consortium plans to build a $12.4 million multi-utility microgrid project, designed to show how microgrids save money and help integrate renewables with advanced software. Utilities Emera Maine, Nova Scotia Power and Toronto Hydro will team up on the project with Opus One Solutions, Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), Smarter … [Read more...]