Microgrid Group on REV: Don’t Replace One Utility Monopoly with Another

New York appears to be moving in the direction of making electric utilities into something like an Internet marketplace for energy -- and this may not be a wise move. That’s the word from the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) in written comments filed this week on Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a much-watched strategy to decentralize New … [Read more...]

Embracing Renewable Energy to Benefit the Bottom Line

Renewable energy has arrived… at the bottom line. A growing number of businesses today are embracing renewable energy projects like solar arrays, wind turbines and off-grid power solutions – but not just because they are environmental stewards, or because it’s “the right thing to do.” Renewable energy projects are more than the latest innovation: … [Read more...]

No Place to Plug In: Welcome to the Age of Socket Insecurity

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America is good at making enough electricity to serve its increasingly plugged-in economy.  Ample juice is flowing. Problem is, there is no place to plug in. We are becoming a nation beset by socket insecurity. Watch the weary traveler in almost any airport, on the hunt for a charging kiosk to save his cell phone before its final tweet. … [Read more...]

NRG EVgo and Princeton Power Systems Showcase the Future of Green EV Charging at Solar Decathlon

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An electrical socket is probably the most disinteresting technology in any home. But place a charging system in a city parking lot for the first time -- one meant for an electric vehicle -- and you’ll inevitably find people standing around marveling. And for good reason. EVs promise to radically change transportation. Creating efficient and … [Read more...]

Project Profile: Princeton Healthcare System Builds in Cost-Effective Energy Reliability

The Opportunity When the Princeton Healthcare System first envisioned building a new 630,000-square-foot acute-care hospital with 237 single-patient rooms in Plainsboro, New Jersey, plans called for a conventional HVAC system to address the facility’s requirements. Because of stringent patient-care needs, hospitals traditionally insist on two … [Read more...]

Who’s Getting the Attention in the Microgrid Industry?

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Since MicrogridKnowledge.com recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, we thought this would be a good time to give you some insight into who – and what’s – capturing reader attention. So here are the top read articles for the last six and 12 months. The Oncor microgrid wins the six-month prize. And for the year, the most read story was … [Read more...]

Creating a Grid-of-Grids: The Genius behind the NY Prize and its Real End Game

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Not everyone sees the NY Prize as a big deal. After all, they say, the end stage of New York’s competition for $40 million is construction of about five community microgrids. That’s not a world-changing number for a technology likely to underlie a coming grid-of-grids – a nationwide interactive network of distributed energy that will … [Read more...]

NY Prize Stage 1 Awards: Who, Why and What’s it Mean for Community Microgrids

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New York showed itself as the nation’s leader in community microgrid development July 8 by awarding funds for an unprecedented 83 projects through its $40 million NY Prize. No other state has made such a vigorous foray into this type of microgrid, which focuses largely on keeping critical facilities up and running in a community when the central … [Read more...]

Can a Utility Code of Conduct Keep Competition Fair in a ‘REV’ World?

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It’s a kind of déjà vu all over again in New York as the state tries to work out a utility code of conduct so that distributed energy companies are not shut out by dominant monopolies. The New York Public Service Commission is encouraging market participants to provide input on utility rules for its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), an evolving … [Read more...]

Borrego Springs Microgrid Averts Long Outage During Lightning Strike Repair

San Diego Gas & Electric reported today that the Borrego Springs microgrid averted a major outage for an entire community in late May as the utility repaired damage from a lightning strike. The Borrego Springs microgrid allowed SDG&E to avoid what would have otherwise meant several hours of no power for  2,800 customers. During nine … [Read more...]