PGE Plans Customer, Community Microgrids as Part of Energy Storage Pilot

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Portland General Electric (PGE) has filed plans with state regulators to develop customer-sited and community microgrids in response to a state energy storage mandate that could reap big benefits to the utility and its customers. Filed with the Oregon Public Utility Commission, the proposal calls for two to five microgrid pilot projects. The … [Read more...]

Government Action Opens Doors for Microgrids and Energy Storage in Massachusetts

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The Boston City Council and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities last week each separately took action that opens the door toward more microgrids and energy storage in the state. The city council approved a proposal (Docket 0340) on Wednesday to send a home rule petition to the state legislature that would clear the way for the … [Read more...]

Sonnen Creates Foundation to Further Puerto Rico’s Microgrid Effort

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German company sonnen has established the Foundation for Energy Security to bring more microgrids to Puerto Rico, as the island rebuilds from Hurricane Maria's crushing blow. Sonnen is installing community microgrids with island partner Pura Energia. Four microgrids already are operating using sonnen's solar plus storage technology known as … [Read more...]

India’s Universal Energy Access Drive Opens Up 30-GW Market Opportunity

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Distributed renewables, energy storage and microgrid controllers are set to play a bigger role as India looks to improve power generation, extend universal energy access, and achieve climate targets, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Off-grid and grid-connected, distributed solar currently makes up just a small percentage of … [Read more...]

Siemens Building an 80-MW Microgrid Network in the Brazilian Amazon

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Bringing reliable, secure and affordable electricity to the remote Amazon Basin is probably one of the most difficult obstacles to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goal of universal electricity access by 2030. But that's exactly what Siemens Brazil hopes to do by way of a microgrid network. With the support from Brazilian utility Centrais … [Read more...]

New Jersey Utility Installs Microgrid at Waste Water Treatment Plant

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Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) has begun operating a waste water treatment microgrid in Caldwell, New Jersey, designed as part of a utility resiliency program that uses solar. Located outside of New York City, the solar plus storage facility will serve the grid during normal conditions, and act as back-up generation for the … [Read more...]

British Utility Giant Invests in New York Blockchain Microgrid Startup

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A subsidiary of British utility Centrica is providing financial backing for LO3 Energy, the New York startup working on a carefully watched blockchain microgrid in Brooklyn. The investment – amount undisclosed – comes as Centrica also collaborates with LO3 on two new projects, one with its subsidiary Direct Energy in the US, and another … [Read more...]

Maine Legislative Committee to Consider Community Microgrids as a “Force for Good”

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A Maine state legislative committee will take up a microgrid bill on Tuesday that would allow communities to develop microgrids in cooperation with utilities. Inspired by microgrids developed in neighboring Vermont, the bill (HP 190/LD 257) is before the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology. The legislation came out of exploration by … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids: Central Pillar of the Local Energy Revolution

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Community microgrids are popping up in cities and towns all over the U.S. as the local energy revolution takes hold. Recent storms and power outages are helping drive this trend, as well. A guide from Microgrid Knowledge , explores the role of the community microgrid and its growing popularity as many city leaders look for more clean, … [Read more...]

Addressing Mission Critical Energy Needs through MATEP Microgrid

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The Medical Area Total Energy Plant (MATEP) supplies the critical energy needs of five hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School, as well as the Harvard Institutes of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health. Owned by Mayflower Energy Partners, a joint venture between Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners and Veolia, the MATEP microgrid … [Read more...]