Special Alert: ComEd Wins Approval for Innovative Microgrid Cluster in Chicago

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In a move with far-reaching implications for grid decentralization, Illinois regulators yesterday approved Commonwealth Edison’s cutting-edge microgrid cluster in Chicago. The first utility-scale microgrid cluster in the nation, the $25 million project is expected to demonstrate what some see as an eventual retooling of today’s centralized … [Read more...]

ComEd’s Much-Watched Bronzeville Microgrid Wins Key Backing

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Chicago’s much-watched Bronzeville microgrid has scored a key win with an administrative law judge recommending that state regulators okay the Commonwealth Edison project. Countering objections from the state attorney general, Administrative Law Judge Jessica Cardoni found the plant to be “prudent and reasonable” in a proposed order filed with … [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...]

Microgrid 2017: ComEd CEO Sees Microgrids Emerging as “Defining Infrastructure”

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Microgrids offer answers to some of the most important questions facing the electric industry as it undergoes a technological tsunami, said Microgrid 2017 keynote speaker, Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of utility giant Commonwealth Edison. Held in Boston, the Nov. 6-8 event attracted more than 460 participants, making it the largest … [Read more...]

Maryland Utility Proposes $44.2M Pilot for Public Purpose Microgrids

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Pepco has filed a $44.2 million proposal with Maryland regulators to build two public purpose microgrids, designed to keep power flowing to essential societal services during a grid outage and bolster utility operations on normal days. The Exelon subsidiary petitioned for approval of the microgrids before the Maryland Public Service … [Read more...]

Commonwealth Edison Makes the Case for its Bronzeville Microgrid Cluster

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Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison took a major step last week toward building the much-watched Bronzeville microgrid, a project that will test the emerging concept of microgrid clusters, or a ‘grid of microgrids.’ The Exelon subsidiary petitioned the Illinois Commerce Commission for permission to recover costs for the $25 million project through … [Read more...]

Commonwealth Edison CEO Anne Pramaggiore to Keynote Microgrid 2017

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Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of Commonwealth Edison, will present the luncheon keynote at Microgrid 2017 on Tuesday, November 7 in Boston. A recognized industry leader and voice for innovation, Pramaggiore will share insights on the evolution of the electric utility industry and the emergence of new technologies, including the role of … [Read more...]

Southern Company Advances National Microgrid Strategy

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Another major utility is on the move advancing a microgrid strategy to build projects beyond its regulated service territory, this one Georgia-based Southern Company. With assets of $109.7 billion, and 32,000 employees in four states, Southern is one of the largest U.S. electric utilities, ranked as number three for market value. It is pursuing … [Read more...]

Utilities as Microgrid Owners? Energy Giants Debate in D.C.

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The city of Washington has become the latest flashpoint in the debate over whether having utilities as microgrid owners is okay from a legal and competitive perspective. The debate is occurring before the District of Columbia Public Service Commission, as it considers microgrid policy within its larger grid modernization plan (FC 1130). Two … [Read more...]

Connecticut’s Latest Microgrid and Fuel Cell Project Goes Live in Hartford

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Connecticut, a state making its mark in both microgrid and fuel cell technology, today will put yet another microgrid into operation, this one in Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood. Constellation, Bloom Energy and the city plan to announce completion of the 800-kW fuel cell microgrid this afternoon at a ribbon cutting. The microgrid will … [Read more...]