COVID-19 Likely to Spur More Microgrid Development 

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History tells us that disasters tend to spur new interest in microgrids. This pandemic is no exception as COVID-19 strains hospitals, data centers and food distribution and delivery systems, making power outages unthinkable. A quote in the Wall Street Journal by Peggy Noonan, being widely circulated on social media, sums up how important … [Read more...]

Microgrid Company Uses Know-how to Provide California with Ventilators

Bloom Energy

With the US facing a potential five-fold ventilator shortage, microgrid company Bloom Energy has figured out a quick way to refurbish ventilators on behalf of the state of California. Specialists in fuel cell microgrids, the Silicon Valley company took on the task at the request of California Governor Gavin Newsom. Newsom approached Bloom … [Read more...]

Judge Rules Against Ban on Natural Gas Fuel Cells in Santa Clara, California

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In a ruling that could affect microgrid options in California, a judge said Santa Clara, California, violated state law when it passed a resolution banning non-renewable fuels for distributed generation, including fuel cells. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thomas Kuhnle last month agreed with Bloom Energy that the California … [Read more...]

Stop & Shop, Major Northeast Grocery Store Chain, to Install 40 Microgrids

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Stop & Shop, a major retail chain in the US Northeast, announced today that it will install microgrids in 40 of its grocery stores in Massachusetts and New York. The microgrids will use Bloom Energy fuel cells.  The combined electric capacity of the 40 microgrids is 10 MW. The microgrids, which run 24/7, will ensure that power flows … [Read more...]

Plug-and-Play Modular Microgrids Gain Market Momentum

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Peter Asmus of Guidehouse describes results of his new report on the global potential for modular microgrids, systems that can be "pieced together like Lego blocks, thereby shrinking design and deployment costs." The beauty of the microgrid is it can be customized to meet the precise resiliency, economic, and environmental goals of any … [Read more...]

The Philadelphia Navy Yard Story: The Remarkable Emergence of an Unintentional Microgrid

Energy Storage Symposium

From rags to riches, the Philadelphia Navy Yard offers one of the more remarkable tales of the emergence of a microgrid. Located at the confluence of the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, the site was an abandoned shipyard 20 years ago with most of its electric service turned off. Today, it’s a thriving commercial center, powered by one of the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry to California: Help Us Help You

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We can move faster installing microgrids, but you need to make some changes. That’s the overarching message from microgrid companies to California regulators as the state faces utility power shutoffs for years to come. The recommendations are pouring into the California Public Utilities Commission as it attempts to translate into regulation … [Read more...]

The True Value of Distributed Energy Resources? Connecticut Takes a Stab at it

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Connecticut regulators are working to pin down the true value of distributed energy resources, which some stakeholders say needs to take into account community resiliency. Backers of the technology have long argued that distributed energy projects are not compensated fairly in the US because current mechanisms do not consider all of their … [Read more...]

Tough Summer for the Power Grid. But the Microgrids are Working

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Severe heat and storms across the US this summer have strained the electric grid and caused extensive power outages. But the microgrids are working. Consider what happened on July 20 in northeast and north central Wisconsin when a thunderstorm knocked out power to 240,000 customers, leaving 50,000 with no power for two to three days. The … [Read more...]

What Articles on Microgrid Knowledge are Capturing the Most Attention?

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The most read Microgrid Knowledge articles for the first half of 2019 tell the story of an industry attracting larger players and building more sophisticated projects, particularly for communities and commercial and industrial facilities. Renewables and energy storage continue to dominate the discussion. Fuel cells appear to be gaining … [Read more...]