Connections Made at CAE Q1 Meeting Lead To First-Ever Utility Microgrid PEER Gold Certification

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In this week's Industry Perspectives column, Advanced Energy Group's H.G. Chissell explores how a meeting at the CAE Q1 event led to the first utility microgrid PEER Gold certification for the Ameren microgrid.  The Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois, has received accolades for its reliability and collaborative partnerships. It has also … [Read more...]

Microgrids for Social Justice, Cities, Schools and Even Furniture

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Microgrids for social justice in Massachusetts The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has awarded two $75,000 grants for social justice microgrids planned in Boston's Chinatown and Chelsea neighborhoods. The microgrids are the brainchild of an energy democracy collaborative called RUN-GJC, which intends to use the funds to conduct  technical … [Read more...]

California Opens Door to Residential Microgrids for All New Homes with Efficiency Code

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California has opened the door for residential microgrids in all new homes with the recent release of 2019 building standards aimed at improving energy efficiency. Issued by the California Energy Commission, the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards require solar photovoltaics for all new homes. They also provide new home builders with … [Read more...]

Dynapower Brings its Inverter Technology to Microgrid in India

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Vermont company Dynapower has for the first time brought its inverter technology to a microgrid in India, while also strengthening its position in India's emerging energy storage market through a new business agreement. Located near Delhi in Sahibadad, Uttar Pradesh, the 1-MW commercial and industrial microgrid serves Central Electronics Limited … [Read more...]

Why Ameresco Focuses on Energy Resiliency for the Federal Government

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Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president of Ameresco’s Federal Solutions Group, talks about microgrids and energy resiliency in an interview at Microgrid 2018 with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief. The U.S. federal government is one of the nation's largest energy consumers, and has been a primary customer of Ameresco since the … [Read more...]

Microgrids are not Snowflakes & Other Quotable Quotes Overheard at Microgrid 2018

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Microgrid 2018 offered a richness of discussion, insight and humor. Here’s some of what we overheard during the three-day event in Chicago, May 7-9. David Chiesa, S&C Electric‘s senior director for global business development, explains why it’s time to retire a phrase he coined: “If you’ve seen one microgrid, you’ve seen one … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh Steps Up City-Scale Microgrid Initiative

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Pittsburgh, which hopes to eventually develop a grid of microgrids, continues to evolve as a center of energy innovation with about 20 distributed energy, nanogrid and microgrid projects now emerging in the Pennsylvania city. "We identified promising sites in different parts of the city -- neighborhoods, college campuses, commercial and … [Read more...]

Energy-as-a-Service Model Offers Path to Microgrids with Less Risk

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Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, discusses energy-as-service with Mark Feasel, Schneider Electric's vice president of utility and smart grid; Andrew Marino, managing director at The Carlyle Group; and Karen Morgan, CEO of Dynamic Energy Networks (DEN). The interview took place at Microgrid 2018. Schneider Electric, DEN, and … [Read more...]

How New Models, Not More Funding, Can Boost the Microgrid Market

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New models — not more government funding — will drive the microgrid market forward. That’s what panelists and representatives from innovative cities and states said at a discussion during Microgrid 2018, "How to Elevate Microgrids in Government Resilience and Climate Strategies." Moderator David Chiesa, director of global business development … [Read more...]

Why Use Natural Gas in Microgrids?

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We explore the advantages of natural gas-fired microgrids in part four of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series on the affordable microgrid. Microgrids can use a variety of generation sources: natural gas, diesel, flywheels, fuel cells, energy storage, solar panels and even wind turbines. Here we look at what natural gas … [Read more...]