Utilities See Future Profits in Microgrids: Survey

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Utilities see microgrids and related technologies as future revenue opportunities to help counter dampened profits from their traditional services, according to a new study from Accenture. The finding came from a survey of 150 utility executives across more than 25 countries, part of Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research program, now … [Read more...]

Distribution Feeder Microgrids Get a Closer Look with a $20M Grant

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Distribution feeder microgrids are about to get a closer look thanks to a $20 million grant the National Science Foundation awarded to a consortium of research institutions. The money will go toward developing the New Mexico SMART Grid Center, a grid modernization project exploring how consumers can generate, store, and manage energy on … [Read more...]

Montgomery County Microgrids Now Live and Leading

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The concept of the no-money down microgrid gained significant footing this week with the kickoff in Maryland of two Montgomery County microgrids. The county government went live with a microgrid at its public safety headquarters in Gaithersburg and another at a correctional facility in Boyds. Developed by Duke Energy Renewables and Schneider … [Read more...]

Advancements Taking Microgrids to a Whole New Level

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S&C Electric's Chris Evanich explores how recent advancements in the industry are fueling progress, and covers the benefits and advantages of advanced microgrids.  The term microgrid has become pretty much mainstream; even the president of the United States has used the term. And a lot of people now accept the U.S. Department of Energy’s … [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...]

Duke Energy Proposes New Microgrid and $500M Energy Storage Investment

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Duke Energy has proposed a microgrid to serve the western North Carolina town of Hot Springs as part of a larger plan that includes a $500 million investment in energy storage over 15 years. The solar-storage microgrid will bolster electric reliability for the mountainous town served only by a 10-mile, 22.86-kV feeder line, said Zachary … [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...]

Washington State Utility Readies with a Microgrid Should Transmission Lines Fail

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In a crisis, it's not just utility customers that use microgrids to get back to business. Utilities, themselves, can too. Washington State's Snohomish County offers the latest example of a utility microgrid being developed for that purpose. Snohomish County PUD,  a sizeable public utility north of Seattle, has broken ground on a $9.5 million … [Read more...]

Construction Begins on 7.4-MW Fuel Cell Park at Naval Submarine Base New London

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Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC), the US Navy and FuelCell Energy are setting the keystone of a microgrid that will enhance energy services at Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) in Groton, Connecticut. The project partners recently broke ground for a 7.4 MW fuel cell park on unused Navy land at SUBASE. The … [Read more...]

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission Considers Microgrid Tariff

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After Aloha state Gov. David Ige reiterated his support for microgrids and signed legislation calling for a microgrid services tariff last week, Hawaii regulators were quick to open up a proceeding to establish the new utility rate. Docket No. 2018-0163, currently before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, applies to Hawaiian Electric, … [Read more...]