German Company sonnen to Deliver Emergency Microgrids to Puerto Rico

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Energy storage manufacturer sonnen said today that it is launching an effort to bring microgrids to Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Maria destroyed almost the entire electric grid. The German company is stepping in as the island’s utility, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), reports that it may take months to restore power to all of … [Read more...]

The Sky Fell in Puerto Rico. The Microgrid Argument is not Chicken Little

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Hurricane Maria showed that warnings about the vulnerabilities of centralized electric grids – and the need for microgrid development -- are not overstated. When the hurricane hit the U.S. territory on September 20, it knocked out power to 100 percent of 1.57 million accounts served by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the … [Read more...]

DOE Invests up to $50M for Microgrids, Grid Resilience & Cybersecurity

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The Department of Energy didn’t mention microgrids much in a recent report on grid reliability, but it did back the technology today in a $50 million energy resilience and security package. The money will go to the DOE’s national laboratories for early research on tools – including microgrids – to help communities recover from the kind of … [Read more...]

Hurricane Harvey Creates New Abnormal for the Electric Grid

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Stories are just beginning to emerge about microgrids and distributed energy systems that are keeping critical services up and running despite Hurricane Harvey's best efforts to do them in. Twenty-one convenience stores and gas stations in the Houston area remained open thanks to an unusual microgrid system designed by Enchanted Rock … [Read more...]

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...]