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...]

Pennsylvania Microgrid Bill Wins Committee Vote. Heads to House

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A utility microgrid bill is headed to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives following unanimous committee approval Monday. The Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee voted in favor of HB 1412, which clears the way for utilities to build microgrid pilot projects and recover their costs through rates. The bill arose out … [Read more...]

It’s Official: Fast-Growing Microgrid Developer EPS Now Part of Engie

French utility giant Engie closed last week on a majority stake in Electro Power Systems (EPS), a fast-growing energy storage and microgrid developer with offices in Milan and Paris. The acquisition is among several by Engie into green and innovative technologies under an investment plan launched in 2016, as the international company … [Read more...]

Hydro-Quebec Pursues New Strategy with Lac-Mégantic Microgrid

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Another utility – this one Hydro-Québec – is moving into microgrids. The hydroelectricity giant announced that it will develop the Lac-Mégantic microgrid, a project it describes as a major step in its technological evolution. The Canadian public utility is teaming with municipality Ville de Lac-Mégantic to build a solar plus storage microgrid in … [Read more...]

Illinois’ Chief Energy Regulator Brien Sheahan to Deliver Microgrid 2018 Keynote

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Brien Sheahan, chairman and CEO of the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), will deliver the Microgrid 2018 keynote address, Tuesday, May 8 in Chicago. Sheahan is known for the promotion of innovation and forward-looking regulatory policy in a variety of different industries in Illinois and nationally. In addition to leading the Illinois … [Read more...]

Jamaica Microgrid to Manage Renewables…IoTs & Cyber Wars…Hawaiian Microgrid Investing

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Jamaica microgrid under construction ABB is supplying key technology for a Jamaica microgrid being designed to integrate solar and wind energy into the tropical island’s power supply. Jamaica Public Service (JPS) expects to have the $21.6 million microgrid operating in April 2019. The 24.5 MW project will include fly wheels and lithium ion … [Read more...]