Microgrids and Energy Storage Helped Arizona Utility Prevail on Hot & Dark Days

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It’s been a tough year for North American electric grids -- hurricanes, heat, fires, an eclipse. But an Arizona utility is reporting that it did just fine with some help from new microgrids and energy storage. “Driving past a microgrid or energy storage unit, many customers wouldn’t look twice, but those technologies are playing an increasingly … [Read more...]

Maryland Utility Proposes $44.2M Pilot for Public Purpose Microgrids

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Pepco has filed a $44.2 million proposal with Maryland regulators to build two public purpose microgrids, designed to keep power flowing to essential societal services during a grid outage and bolster utility operations on normal days. The Exelon subsidiary petitioned for approval of the microgrids before the Maryland Public Service … [Read more...]

Haiti Microgrid Operator Takes Preventive Steps as Hurricane Irma Nears

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Haiti microgrid operator Sigora Haiti reported Wednesday that it was preparing its facilities to minimize any damage from Hurricane Irma. The micro-utility company provides electricity to more than 8,000 people in northwest Haiti. Irma is expected to skirt the northern coast of Haiti, about 65 miles from the three microgrids: Môle-St-Nicolas, … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids Make Progress in Arizona and Ohio

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Arizona and Ohio look like increasingly favorable turf for utility microgrids based on movement in the regulatory arena in recent weeks. The Arizona Corporation Commission has given Arizona Public Service (APS) the okay to recover costs in rates for two microgrids. The approval was part of a larger rate case, the utility’s first in five years, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Islanding: S&C and Ameren Show it Works at Illinois Microgrid

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Ameren's new Illinois microgrid demonstrated that it's able to seamlessly disconnect from the grid and run on renewable energy during a 24-hour microgrid islanding test this month. S&C Electric and Ameren conducted the test at a 1.475 MW microgrid in Champaign that the Midwest utility unveiled in May. Microgrid islanding -- the … [Read more...]

Schneider’s EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor Selected for Ameren Microgrid

Illinois utility Ameren has selected Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor to manage an advanced microgrid it operates in Champaign, adjacent to the University of Illinois. Schneider’s cloud-based software allows facility managers and microgrid operators to collect data, forecast demand and usage, and automatically optimize the … [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...]

Commonwealth Edison CEO Anne Pramaggiore to Keynote Microgrid 2017

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Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of Commonwealth Edison, will present the luncheon keynote at Microgrid 2017 on Tuesday, November 7 in Boston. A recognized industry leader and voice for innovation, Pramaggiore will share insights on the evolution of the electric utility industry and the emergence of new technologies, including the role of … [Read more...]

Southern Company Advances National Microgrid Strategy

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Another major utility is on the move advancing a microgrid strategy to build projects beyond its regulated service territory, this one Georgia-based Southern Company. With assets of $109.7 billion, and 32,000 employees in four states, Southern is one of the largest U.S. electric utilities, ranked as number three for market value. It is pursuing … [Read more...]

ABB Microgrid to Integrate Wind and Solar on Aruba

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Aruba plans to install an ABB microgrid to integrate the island’s renewables, a feat accomplished by a microgrid’s controller or ‘brain.’ Microgrids are increasingly being deployed for this purpose in places, like Aruba, that are striving to make renewables a greater part of their mix. The Dutch Caribbean island wants to reduce use of … [Read more...]