AEP Seeks Okay to Invest $52M in 8-10 Utility Microgrids

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American Electric Power (AEP) unveiled plans this week to invest $52 million to build 8-10 utility microgrids as part of a smart city design for Columbus, Ohio. AEP Ohio filed the microgrid proposal with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as part of an update to the utility’s Electric Security Plan. The proposal makes AEP the latest in a … [Read more...]

Microgrid-friendly Moves in Three States – Just this Week

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This week saw action in New York, California and Maryland toward a more microgrid-friendly grid via new demonstrations, legislation and policy. In New York, National Grid took a concrete step toward creating a distributed system platform (DSP), one of the most game-changing ideas that has emerged in the electric utility sector in a long … [Read more...]

Top 10 Trending Microgrid Articles for First Half of 2016

What's been catching the interest of Microgrid Knowledge readers? First and foremost, they want to know what a microgrid costs. Our interview on the subject with experts from ABB, Hitachi, S&C Electric, and Siemens is the top trending microgrid article for the first six months of 2016. Check out the list below for the ten most read microgrid … [Read more...]

National Grid to Test New Utility Microgrid Services

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How will utilities make money as more customers generate their own electricity?  That’s one of the big looming industry questions, and one that National Grid is trying to solve by testing new utility microgrid services. The utility plans to try out the services in Potsdam, New York, where it is installing a microgrid with Clarkson University, … [Read more...]

Symposium on Microgrid Controllers Oct. 1 in Boston

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Dan Ton, of the U.S. Department of Energy, will be the keynote speaker at the Microgrid Controller Symposium on Oct. 1, 2015 at District Hall in Boston, Mass. Ton is the program manager in the DOE's Power Systems Engineering Research and Development Office, Electricity Delivery and Reliability (DOE OE). The event is sponsored by the … [Read more...]

Clarkson University Wins $1M to Develop Microgrid Scheduler

The National Science Foundation has awarded Clarkson University $999,720 to develop a smart microgrid scheduler, which the college plans to use in a Potsdam, NY microgrid. The microgrid scheduler will coordinate with the microgrid operator and the local disaster response team to maximize the microgrid’s performance during the time of disaster … [Read more...]

Interview with Steve Holliday, CEO National Grid: Our Strategy is Centered around Flexibility, Agility

What consumers want. That will be the great driving force of the energy business in the future, says Steve Holliday, CEO of National Grid, the British company that operates the gas and electricity transmission and distributions systems in the United Kingdom and northeastern United States. Holliday spoke with World Energy Focus, the free monthly … [Read more...]

Microgrids Still Just R&D for Massachusetts Utilities?

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Microgrids are typically considered a key element of today's grid modernization. But not so much in recent Massachusetts utility plans. Microgrids are relatively scant -- largely pilot or R&D proposals -- in recent grid modernization plans that Massachusetts utilities filed with the state. The proposals are signficant because they … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News…Northeast Storm ‘If Only I Had a Microgrid’…Willdan Group & NY Prize…Ideal Power & Sonnenbatterie…Geli and Equana

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What you might have missed this week in microgrid news... Anyone in the Northeast thinking 'If only I had a microgrid' this week? No doubt some were remembering SuperStorm Sandy when a round of thunderstorms and 80 mph winds knocked out power in New England and New York August 4. Outages lasted for days in some areas More than 80,000 … [Read more...]

Should New York Be Wary of Utility Monopolies in Distributed Energy?

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Should New York let utilities both manage and compete in the distributed energy market  the state is planning? That's one of the big questions the industry is debating in New York's “Reforming the Energy Vision,” or REV. The Department of Public Service last week confirmed its intent to let utilities act as the distributed grid operator in a … [Read more...]