California Wildfires and Related Outages Get City Thinking about a Microgrid

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The City of Calistoga, California is moving forward with early-stage discussions with the non-profit Clean Coalition for a community microgrid -- with risk of wildfires and utility power shutdowns driving talks. "We are at the very initial stages of discussion. We had our first meeting with the city council last week and presented various … [Read more...]

School District and City to Reap Benefits of Utility-Owned Microgrid, Thanks to Group Effort

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A group effort by Puget Sound Energy, the city of Tenino, Wash., a nonprofit organization, and others has yielded plans for a utility-owned microgrid that can island and provide power to the Tenino School District. Under the effort, called the Tenino Innovation and Education Through Renewables (TIER) project, numerous funders are backing a … [Read more...]

Study Finds Large Potential for Solar and Community Microgrids in San Diego

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San Diego — already one of California’s greenest cities — has the potential to develop 2 GW of solar, opening up new opportunity for community microgrids, according to the Clean Coalition. The non-profit organization recently completed a study of solar potential in San Diego as part of an effort by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) … [Read more...]

Why Jigar Shah is Now Putting Money Behind Fuel Cells & Other Clean Resources

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Jigar Shah is best known as the founder of SunEdison, a company that helped propel solar on its meteoric growth path with “no money-down” solar financing. But now he’s putting his money and passion behind fuel cells and other clean resources to move the “resource revolution” forward and help the banking community feel more comfortable with … [Read more...]

What the Rise of Local Energy Means for Businesses, Institutions and Communities

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A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy explores the rise of local energy and what it means for businesses, institutions and communities. This excerpt introduces the benefits of microgrids and distributed energy. Distributed energy resources (DERs) represent a departure from the conventional electric grid because of their … [Read more...]

Camden, N.J. Looks to Innovative Bonds to Expand Microgrid Project

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Camden County, New Jersey, is using an innovative bond financing tool to expand a microgrid project in planning to serve critical infrastructure. The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA), which runs the water supply and wastewater treatment system for the county across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, is planning a … [Read more...]

A Community Microgrid, Some Prosumers and Energy Sharing

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A community microgrid, some prosumers and consumers — all with access to backup power from a utility — could form the basis for energy sharing in a community, according to a research report from a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher. Julia Morgan, a Ph.D student in systems engineering, has developed a model for energy … [Read more...]

Homeland Security Calls for Microgrid-Driven Community Enclaves

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A new Homeland Security report calls for creation of microgrid-driven community enclaves as part of a larger safety strategy should the United States experience a catastrophic power failure. Issued by the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), which reports to Homeland Security, the report looked at the nation’s readiness to … [Read more...]

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...]