New Jersey Regulators Take High Touch Approach to Community Microgrids

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New Jersey regulators are taking a high touch approach to developing community microgrids, conducting a series of publicly announced visits to towns that won state grants for feasibility studies. “It’s good for me, it’s good for my colleagues, to see the nuts and bolts of these projects, what they are going to look like and which facilities they … [Read more...]

Commonwealth Edison Makes the Case for its Bronzeville Microgrid Cluster

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Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison took a major step last week toward building the much-watched Bronzeville microgrid, a project that will test the emerging concept of microgrid clusters, or a ‘grid of microgrids.’ The Exelon subsidiary petitioned the Illinois Commerce Commission for permission to recover costs for the $25 million project through … [Read more...]

Learning From Successful Real World Healthcare Microgrids

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This is the sixth and final article in a series that looks at how healthcare microgrids open the door to more reliable, clean, lower cost energy in hospitals, and more resilient communities.  When a storm knocks out your neighborhood power, you can hunker down and ride out the loss without too much stress. You can also borrow some ‘bread and … [Read more...]

Lucky Nine for Public Purpose Microgrid in Montclair, New Jersey

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With microgrid technology becoming more robust, and component prices dropping, it's not surprising to see a public purpose microgrid hit the ‘lucky nine.’ Nine-year payback, that is. The Montclair Township microgrid project is the case in point. With microgrid energy savings projected at about $1.2 million annually, the project's payback … [Read more...]

Perks of the No Money Down Microgrid for Healthcare Facilities

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Too many hospitals are unaware that they do not need to dive into their capital to install a healthcare microgrid, as we explain in the fifth article in our series on the healthcare microgrid. Given today’s uncertainties about healthcare policy in the United States, hospitals are understandably wary of making large capital investments. And … [Read more...]

What Makes Hospital Microgrids Efficient and Green?

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This is the fourth article in a series that looks at hospital microgrids and how they create more resilient communities and open the door to more reliable, clean, lower cost energy for healthcare facilities. Hospitals have been ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability planning. As early as 2013, nearly 90 percent of hospitals said … [Read more...]

More than Back-up Power: The Genius of the Healthcare Microgrid

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This is third article in a series that examines the healthcare microgrid and its value to medical facilities that want to lower cost energy costs and improve electric reliability. During the Northeast blackout of 2003 half of New York City’s 58 hospitals suffered failures in their back-up power generators, according to the U.S. Environmental … [Read more...]

A Look at the 13 New Jersey Microgrid Projects that Won State Funding

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Thirteen New Jersey microgrid projects won state funding for feasibility studies in late June. Here are details of their plans, supplied by the Board of Public Utilities, including the incentive amounts, time expected to complete the feasibility studies and description of the microgrid projects. See related story about these microgrid projects: … [Read more...]

New Jersey Doubles Funding for Town Center Microgrids. Okays 13 Proposals

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New Jersey regulators liked what they saw when local communities applied for funding to install town center microgrids. So rather than allotting $1 million as planned last week, they more than doubled the budget to $2,052,480. The Board of Public Utilities granted the funds at its June 30 meeting so that the communities can undertake … [Read more...]

What are Healthcare Microgrids and How Can They Make Your Community More Resilient?

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This is second article in a series that looks at how healthcare microgrids open the door to more reliable, clean, lower cost energy in hospitals, and more resilient communities.  Society has grown increasingly aware of the electric grid’s vulnerabilities. And with that awareness has come investigation into technologies that can protect our … [Read more...]