Microgrids Can Protect Public Health. So Why Aren’t We Using More that Way?

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Microgrids can protect public health during power outages by keeping the water clean, ensuring medical facilities are running, and keeping people cool during dangerous heat waves. But a number of challenges must be overcome, especially at the policy level, in order to realize these benefits. Both public-health and electricity industry … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Increasing Sustainability of Healthcare Facility Distributed Energy Systems

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How can hospitals improve power supply availability, sustainability and cost -- even through major emergencies? Russelectric's Tim Kelley explains the value of healthcare facility distributed energy systems. Continuous power supply is critical to maintain healthcare facilities and the health and safety of patients during emergency … [Read more...]

Portland Plans Microgrid Statues in Parks. Will Use Pedal-Power

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The city of Portland and three partners have launched a pilot to offer emergency microgrid support in a park statue that will charge cell phones and store emergency supplies. It’s a classic project for this green city, featuring solar, storage and pedal power in a visible, small public park on Portland State University's (PSU) campus. But … [Read more...]