Let’s Count the Many Ways Microgrids Serve the Greater Good

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If you think of microgrids as mere backup power, think again. That was the message from panelists at Microgrid 2018 who described how microgrids serve the greater good in the U.S and abroad. Their projects include electrifying parts of Somalia, helping prevent brain drain in Africa and India, cost-effectively solving a utility’s peak … [Read more...]

Look Who’s Coming to Microgrid 2018, May 7-9, Chicago!

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Very soon...on May 7...executives from around the world will be in Chicago for Microgrid 2018, which promises to be the game changer microgrid conference of the year. Not only does Microgrid 2018 feature tours of working microgrids in the Chicago area, extensive networking events, and a stellar lineup of speakers, but look who’s coming. Here is … [Read more...]

Who Pays for Utility Microgrids? An Economist Takes on the Challenge

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It’s easy to identify microgrid benefits. But figuring out the business model to monetize those benefits is another story, especially when it comes to utility microgrids. The issue is tangled in state regulation, most of it formulated well before resiliency became a societal priority and microgrids came into play. These rules can make it … [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...]

Grid Cybersecurity Spending to Reach $3.2B…News from Navigant, Enel and Enbala

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Navigant sees rise in grid cybersecurity spending Navigant Research is reporting today that it foresees global spending on grid cybersecurity growing from $1.8 billion in 2017 to nearly $3.2 billion in 2026. “The proliferation of the smart grid and Internet of Things (IoT) has led to the deployment of billions of networked sensing devices, … [Read more...]

Energy Impact Partners Latest Bet on the Grid of the Future: EV Charging

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Energy Impact Partners, a coalition of utility investors, is continuing its bet on the grid of the future, this time backing an electric vehicle (EV) charging company, Greenlots. The strategic investment group, whose partners include Southern Company, National Grid, Xcel Energy and other utilities, announced today that it has made a “significant … [Read more...]

Grid Modernization Slow in Massachusetts: Where are the Microgrids?

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Massachusetts is coming up short in its five-year grid modernization effort, according to several stakeholder groups who recently filed comments on utility plans being reviewed by state regulators. At issue is the lack of innovation and vision by Massachusetts utilities, which some critics say will impede the state’s ability to accommodate … [Read more...]

The Buffalo-Niagara Microgrid Incorporates Many into One

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Editor's Note: Here we profile the Buffalo-Niagara microgrid in our series on the NY Prize Stage 2 winners, which each received $1 million. The 11 proposals are now vying to win build-out funds in Stage 3 of the $40 million competition. SolarCity’s September 2014 announcement that it would build a solar photovoltaic (PV) gigafactory in Buffalo, … [Read more...]

Syracuse Microgrid Forecasts Positive Return Leveraging Waste-to-Energy

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The Syracuse microgrid, one of 11 NY Prize Stage 2 winners, is forecasting a strong financial return using waste-to-energy generation that eases pressure on local landfills. Led by the Central NY Regional Planning and Development Board (CNYRPDB), the project is the only Stage 2 winner to rely on waste-to-energy conversion as its primary … [Read more...]

Meet the Microgrid Project Winners Selected in Stage 2 of the NY Prize

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Here's a look inside the 11 microgrid project winners selected March 23 by the New York Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) in Stage 2 of the NY Prize. (Also see our related story about the NY Prize Microgrid Winners.) Siemens, which is working on several of the winners, said that the model projects will pave the way for … [Read more...]