Harvard University: A Valedictorian of Microgrids and Distributed Energy

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As an early adopter of microgrids and distributed energy, Harvard University continues to lead the way in demonstrating energy security, reliability, sustainability and resilience for higher education. Harvard’s history of producing and distributing power, heat and water dates back a long way. Having been a district heating customer since the … [Read more...]

Post Irma: Will the Southeast become the New Northeast for Microgrids?

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Microgrids are on the rise in the U.S., but not quickly enough for the millions in the Southeast who lost power this week – and continue to have none days later -- following Hurricane Irma. Perhaps most poignant, Irma underscores what loss of electricity means to senior citizens, a potentially life-threatening situation when air conditioning … [Read more...]

$20M for Power Electronics R&D…California’s Microgrid Roadmap…Fort Custer Microgrid

DOE funds $20M for power electronics, a key part of a microgrid Now that utility-scale solar costs only 6 cents/kWh on average, U.S. energy policymakers will no longer focus as heavily on driving down prices. Instead, they are turning an eye toward using solar to improve grid reliability and resilience -- a key microgrid feature. As part of the … [Read more...]

DOE Invests up to $50M for Microgrids, Grid Resilience & Cybersecurity

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The Department of Energy didn’t mention microgrids much in a recent report on grid reliability, but it did back the technology today in a $50 million energy resilience and security package. The money will go to the DOE’s national laboratories for early research on tools – including microgrids – to help communities recover from the kind of … [Read more...]

No Fish Story. Tiny Island Lands Big Catch with Microgrid

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Cuttyhunk witnessed New England’s whale oil industry give way to kerosene and incandescent light bulbs. Now the tiny island is deep in another energy revolution -- reducing diesel use by way of a solar plus storage microgrid. With a $2.1 million microgrid in operation since the early spring, the fishing mecca offers good argument for pursuing … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric to Build Advanced Microgrid at Nature Preserve

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The Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve – which touts an 18,000 square-foot environmental center in Wisconsin – will also soon be home to a new advanced microgrid. Schneider Electric will partner with Faith Technologies to build and support the fully islandable microgrid, which will provide power to the non-profit nature preserve’s environmental … [Read more...]

Haiti Microgrid Operator Takes Preventive Steps as Hurricane Irma Nears

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Haiti microgrid operator Sigora Haiti reported Wednesday that it was preparing its facilities to minimize any damage from Hurricane Irma. The micro-utility company provides electricity to more than 8,000 people in northwest Haiti. Irma is expected to skirt the northern coast of Haiti, about 65 miles from the three microgrids: Môle-St-Nicolas, … [Read more...]

Toward Market-based Microgrid Control Systems: Inside Brunswick Landing

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Kay Aikin of Introspective Systems describes the value of market-based microgrid control systems, as applied to an innovative project under development in Maine. The largest machine on earth is often said to be our electrical grid. By the end of 2016 there were some 7,600 power plants greater than 1 MW and many smaller resources, as well as a … [Read more...]

$1.5 Billion Microgrid Market Opportunity Emerges in Kenya

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A confluence of innovation, risk taking, and public and private effort has created a five-year, $1.5 billion microgrid market opportunity in Kenya, leading Germany’s TFE Consulting to dub the East African nation, “The World's Microgrid Lab.” International startups are deploying innovative mobile 'pay as you go' (Pay-Go), home solar, and … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids Make Progress in Arizona and Ohio

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Arizona and Ohio look like increasingly favorable turf for utility microgrids based on movement in the regulatory arena in recent weeks. The Arizona Corporation Commission has given Arizona Public Service (APS) the okay to recover costs in rates for two microgrids. The approval was part of a larger rate case, the utility’s first in five years, … [Read more...]