SCE Delays Pilot Microgrids after Tight Schedule Drives up Costs 

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Saying a tight schedule is driving up costs, Southern California Edison (SCE) yesterday canceled plans for pilot microgrids in 2020 and instead will re-seek them for 2021 and 2022. The utility spelled out its new microgrid plan in a filing with California Public Utilities Commission (R.19-09-009 ). The postponement came in response to … [Read more...]

Turns out Democrats and Republicans Agree on Something: Microgrids

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In an era of bipartisan wrangling, it turns out microgrids are one thing US voters agree upon — at least once they understand them. That’s the finding of a survey conducted for the Civil Society Institute, a Massachusetts think tank that works to uncover common ground on education, healthcare, water, energy and other issues. Last year the … [Read more...]

New Microgrid at Brooklyn Mall Supports Grid and Helps ConEd During Blackout

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A new microgrid serving Kings Plaza shopping mall in Brooklyn, N.Y. kept operating through a Consolidated Edison (ConEd) blackout last summer and helped the utility restart after the outage. The microgrid consisting of oil and gas fired engines was completed in May after the owners decided to convert a 12-MW stand-alone power system to a … [Read more...]

Cost Savings Drives Decision to Install Microgrid at California Wastewater Treatment Plant

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The McKinleyville Community Services District in northern California has selected Ameresco to build a $2 million microgrid at a wastewater treatment plant. While California has seen a wave of microgrid projects in response to wildfire-related power outages, the McKinleyville project is driven by a desire to cut electricity costs. The … [Read more...]

Microgrid Job of the Week: S&C Electric Seeks App Manager for Distributed Energy Systems

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There's a new job opening at S&C Electric well suited for energy professionals who have experience with advanced microgrid systems. The company seeks an application manager for distributed energy systems. According to the job posting, the chosen candidate will be "responsible for defining, managing, and developing S&C’s integrated … [Read more...]

Neighborhood Microgrids would Provide Resilience under Sunrun Plan

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Solar and storage provider Sunrun has proposed creating neighborhood microgrids that would allow for resilience and energy sharing within “distribution islands.” The company released a paper intended to encourage utilities and other stakeholders to consider reconfiguring the grid into distribution circuits that can be islanded. Under the … [Read more...]

One-third of Businesses Willing to Pay Premium to Avert Weather-related Power Outages: Report

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Commercial and industrial (C&I) businesses are looking carefully at the financial impact of electrical outages and are increasingly seeking ways to mitigate the losses, according to a new report from S&C Electric. The 2020 State of Commercial & Industrial Power Reliability Report, based on a survey of 255 companies that achieve … [Read more...]

Smart Microgrid Planned for Northern Ireland’s Belfast Harbor

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A pioneering project will see Northern Ireland’s first smart microgrid emerge in the Greater Coleraine area, a $9.5 million project on Belfast Harbor, which will receive $3.04 million of funding from the UK’s Innovate scheme. The Girona project will combine renewables, energy storage and smart grid technology to deliver cleaner and lower-cost … [Read more...]

Switzerland Community Successfully Trials Local Blockchain Electricity Market

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A community in Switzerland has completed a successful year long trial of a blockchain electricity market, a technology being eyed for community microgrids. The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) funded project Quartierstrom, the first of its kind in the world, involving 37 households in Walenstadt, Switzerland. For one year, the community … [Read more...]

New California Bill Would Fund Critical Microgrids for Vulnerable Populations

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California lawmakers are considering a bill that would fund critical microgrids to help municipalities and others deal with power outages. S.B. 1215 was recently introduced by Sen. Henry Stern, a Democrat and the lead sponsor of S.B. 1339, which launched a current effort by the California Public Utilities Commission to take steps to support … [Read more...]