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...]

Duke Energy Acquires a Portfolio of Distributed Fuel Cell Projects From Bloom Energy

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It’s the type of alliance that may be a harbinger of things to come in the energy sector: Duke Energy is acquiring a portfolio of projects from Bloom Energy that use fuel cells  — all part of Duke's efforts to provide on-site generation with microgrids to customers with critical loads. As both companies explained during interviews, the … [Read more...]

Bloom Energy is Bullish on its New Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cell

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Microgrids often rely on solar-plus-batteries, combined heat and power, or back-up generators that run on diesel fuel or natural gas. But Bloom Energy says that it has just finished the engineering and testing for a “server” that uses renewable hydrogen produced by excess renewables that keeps electricity flowing. “On a sunny day, when the … [Read more...]

Utilities are Giving Microgrids the Jolt They Need to Get Up and Going

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This is the first in a series of articles focusing on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we look at "The Great Debate: What’s the Utility Role in Microgrids?" Until recently, the power industry focused almost solely on generating and delivering electricity through a centralized system. But changing times and … [Read more...]

Bloom Energy Expands its Market Footprint with Two New Commercial and Industrial Microgrids

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Bloom Energy today announced installation of two commercial and industrial microgrid projects, one for Silicon Valley software company Extreme Networks and the second for Pennsylvania manufacturer II-VI. The projects are the latest in a recent succession of microgrids developed by the California fuel cell company — 80 microgrids in all with … [Read more...]

Partners HealthCare Turns to Fuel Cells to Improve Electric Reliability at its Massachusetts Hospitals

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Partners HealthCare, a medical network in New England, is moving forward with plans to install 4.1 MW of Bloom Energy fuel cells this year across its footprint of medical, healthcare, administrative and data center facilities in Massachusetts. "Partners intends to deploy the new systems at its corporate headquarters in Somerville, where more … [Read more...]

A New Microgrid in Silicon Valley…AI+Virtual Power in California…Funding from Washington State

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Bloom Energy to supply Silicon Valley microgrid Fuel cell company Bloom Energy will provide primary power for a Silicon Valley microgrid that will serve a precision manufacturing company. A subsidiary of materials supplier JSR Corporation, JSR Micro will use the microgrid to avert escalating energy costs and avoid power outages, according … [Read more...]