News, articles, case studies and information on companies and organizations shaping the future of the microgrid industry.

HSGS Selected to Build Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Projects for the U.S. Military

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Johnson Controls Federal Systems has selected Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS) to design, engineer, and construct a solar plus storage microgrid at a U.S. Army base in the Marshall Islands. Located at the Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll on Meck Island, the project will include a 3 MWh energy storage system and 8,000 ground mounted solar … [Read more...]

Siemens Ups its Blockchain Ante with New Investment in LO3 Energy

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Siemens sent a clear signal that it sees promise in LO3 Energy's blockchain distributed energy ledger with an increase in its stake in the emerging technology. The global technology giant recently closed out LO3 Energy's Series A venture capital funding round. "Siemens' investment in LO3 represents our acknowledgement of the future potential … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Wants Microgrids. But Will its Rules be too Rigid?

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José Román Morales, president of the Puerto Rico Energy Commission (PREC), is clear: Microgrid development is welcome in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico -- even before the commission’s just-released draft rules are finalized. “Right now, we need to get the country back on its feet,” he said, referring to the fact that in the wake of Hurricane … [Read more...]

Siemens and AES Jump into Energy Storage with Fluence. Big Waves Ahead?

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Siemens and AES made official today their potentially formidable partnership, a company called Fluence that will reach into 160 countries to capture the growing energy storage market. First announced in July, the 50-50 venture has since completed necessary regulatory approvals to go into full operation. Bringing together the resources of … [Read more...]

Eight Projects Proposed in Round 4 of the Connecticut Microgrid Grant Program

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The application window for Round 4 of the pioneering Connecticut microgrid grant program closed with the onset of the new year. Eight entities filed applications for funding to develop community microgrids with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), which is managing and administering the program. Originally created in … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Wastes No Time Drafting Rules to Encourage Microgrid Development

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Some believe Puerto Rico’s crushed power grid will emerge as a phoenix, out of the ashes becoming a global model for microgrid development. It’s hard to say yet if that will happen. But draft microgrid rules released last week by the Puerto Rico Energy Commission signal the island could be on the right track. First, note their speed of … [Read more...]

The Brains Behind the Brain of the Microgrid: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

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A lot of disagreement exists about what constitutes a microgrid. But there are two things people generally agree on. First, a microgrid can island or isolate itself from the central grid. Second, they are governed by a microgrid controller that acts as a management brain and distinguishes the system from being just a "dumb" amalgamation of power … [Read more...]

Microgrid News from NRG Energy, Cummins, USA Microgrids, Navigant

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Partnership to watch: NRG Energy and Cummins Here is one to watch. Energy giant NRG Energy and engine manufacturer Cummins have formed a partnership to offer distributed energy systems for commercial and industrial customers. The partnership brings together NRG’s distributed energy capabilities with Cummins’ generators into a platform … [Read more...]

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Vehicle-to-Grid Services

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All eyes are on Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) as it tests the ability of EVs to help power homes during outages and provide demand response. Will vehicle-to-grid live up to its big promise? Industry insiders are both optimistic and cautious. “The biggest challenge to using EVs to flow power back to the grid is that doing so would … [Read more...]

How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids

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Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply. First came Hurricane Harvey in late August with wind and water knocking out 10,000 MW of generating capacity in Texas. Then on … [Read more...]