Community Microgrids

Here you will find news and features about the growing use of community microgrids.

Can DC Microgrids be Simpler, Faster, Secure? Sandia, Emera Aim to Find Out

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In alternating current (AC) microgrids, there’s always the need to convert direct current (DC) storage, solar and other elements to AC. But with DC microgrids, all that could change -- and possibly reap simplicity, quickness, and cost savings, said Abraham Ellis, program manager for Sandia National Laboratories' renewable and distributed systems … [Read more...]

Culver City, California Considers a Microgrid Following Move to Community Aggregation

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Culver City, California, better known as the home of movie studios, is setting the stage to host a microgrid, with a feasibility study underway by Willdan Group. The city plans to pursue the microgrid for two main reasons: “We want to save money and energy,” said Charles Herbertson, Culver City’s public works director and engineer. The city … [Read more...]

My Car, Your Home, a Microgrid and the Future

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Cars, homes and microgrids will be key market actors in a future where consumers produce and share energy. eMotorWerks and LO3 Energy intend to demonstrate that such a future is getting closer. The two companies announced a collaboration today to test tools that will let consumers buy and sell electricity within microgrids using their homes … [Read more...]

Microgrids Reside at the Core of Tribal Electric Utilities

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Microgrids lie at the technological core of efforts by two Native American Tribal Nations to develop local electric utilities and gain greater degrees of self-reliance and sovereignty. Not far from Oklahoma City, Fire Lake Energy -- a nascent tribal utility being formed by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation -- is developing a 10-MW microgrid. The … [Read more...]

Sharing Resiliency Lessons Learned From Japan on the Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

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Pace Energy & Climate Center's Joseph O'Brien-Applegate and Tom Bourgeois explore the resiliency lessons learned following Hurricane Sandy, and insight that can be garnered from Japan's experience with the superstorm. As we mark the sixth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, its impact is still fresh in the mind of many in the Northeast. … [Read more...]

Cloud Computing Meets Microgrids in New Palo Alto Project

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Cloud computing giant VMware is joining forces with one of the world’s tech capitals, Palo Alto, California, to explore the potential of community microgrid projects. The partners announced on Thursday that they will develop a proof-of-concept microgrid at VMware’s headquarters in Palo Alto. The project will test the resiliency offered by … [Read more...]

Maryland Offers $5M for Resiliency Hub Microgrids

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Maryland today made $5 million available for resiliency hub microgrids — public places with electricity during power outages within low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) issued a competitive solicitation for the community microgrids. Applications are due March 1, 2019. The state agency describes a … [Read more...]

Financing the Road to Energy Independence

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Hear from both Clark Wiedetz, Siemens' microgrid director, and Chase Dougherty of Siemens Financial Services, as they explore how innovations in financing are changing the face of future energy independence for enterprises, municipalities and more.  In many areas of the United States, the traditional model for electricity delivery is … [Read more...]

Largest Renewable Energy Microgrid in Australia Offers Businesses Lower Cost Energy

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Sophie Vorrath of One Step off the Grid describes how Australia's largest renewable energy microgrid will offer lower cost energy for businesses. Victoria’s coal power hub, the Latrobe Valley, is set to host Australia’s “largest” renewable energy microgrid, after a $15 million solar and battery storage project proposed by a consortium of … [Read more...]

A Surprise to Analysts: Less CHP in Microgrids, More Solar

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Combined heat and power (CHP) provides year-round baseload energy in microgrids — something renewable resources don’t do. Yet solar PV now overshadows CHP in planned microgrid projects, according to a new microgrid database by ICF. “We see a lot of installed CHP systems in operating microgrids; it’s the largest technology in terms of capacity,” … [Read more...]