Is Stock Performance Tied to Grid Reliability?

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explores whether stock performance is directly tied to grid reliability.  During tax season, Americans tend to evaluate the performance of their investments to verify whether they are investing correctly. It’s also a good time to look at how the … [Read more...]

Seattle City Light to Issue RFP for $3.3 Million Community Center Microgrid

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Seattle City Light plans to issue a request for proposals in May for a contractor to build a $3.3 million community center microgrid for the city's parks and recreation department. The publicly owned utility will seek an engineering, procurement and construction company to install the microgrid at the Miller Community Center, which is operated … [Read more...]

Independents and Utilities at Odds Over Who Builds Microgrids in Maryland

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As they compete for their stake in the growing market for microgrids, independent companies and utilities are again at odds before state regulators, this time in Maryland. At issue are two public purpose microgrids proposed by Pepco, an Exelon subsidiary that serves 842,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia. The utility has … [Read more...]

Tax Law, Equipment Leasing and Microgrid Finance

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Equipment lease financing is now being used to create a low-cost path to microgrid ownership. But getting there takes an experienced, insider's knowledge of energy tax rules and regulations. It's those attributes that best distinguish CleanView Capital, according to founder and Managing Partner Stanley Fishbein, a tax attorney with 35 years of … [Read more...]

Who Pays for Utility Microgrids? An Economist Takes on the Challenge

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It’s easy to identify microgrid benefits. But figuring out the business model to monetize those benefits is another story, especially when it comes to utility microgrids. The issue is tangled in state regulation, most of it formulated well before resiliency became a societal priority and microgrids came into play. These rules can make it … [Read more...]

How Two Arizona Microgrids Helped the Macro Grid: A Year in Review

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One year and 43 “events” later Arizona Public Service (APS) says it's happy with its foray into microgrids and is ready to build more. But not for the usual reason. The utility turned to its two microgrids 43 times not for backup power, but to help restore frequency within the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), which manages grid … [Read more...]

ComEd Selects Siemens Microgrid Software for Bronzeville Microgrid Cluster

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Commonwealth Edison will use Siemens microgrid software as the platform to manage a microgrid cluster that the Exelon subsidiary plans to develop in Chicago’s South Side. ComEd’s choice of the software marks the first major announcement on the Bronzeville microgrid, since it won approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission February … [Read more...]

Chattanooga Airport and Partners Plan “Dynamic Boundaries” Microgrid

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Already a pioneer in municipal broadband and smart grid, Chattanooga, Tennessee, is now setting its sights on developing an airport microgrid that will employ an innovative, open-source controller. The city's utility, the Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB), and partners are working on a microgrid for the Chattanooga Airport that will … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Evolution. Utilities Prepare for the Age of the Microgrid

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When John Caldwell of the Edison Electric Institute began a microgrid task force a few years ago, the utilities that joined saw no need to meet more than annually. Now they want to meet  monthly, reflecting what Caldwell sees as exponential growth in utility microgrids. “Active utility involvement in terms of partnering was probably less than 10 … [Read more...]

Pet Microgrids, Best Microgrids, and Microgrids that Get Your Package There on Time

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Maryland County looks at microgrids to protect pets Montgomery County, Maryland has been ahead of the curve when it comes to microgrids. Now the county is exploring the possibility of installing a microgrid for its animal shelter, perhaps the first in the country. The county is doing so for good reason. Protecting animals often strains … [Read more...]