Distribution Feeder Microgrids Get a Closer Look with a $20M Grant

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Distribution feeder microgrids are about to get a closer look thanks to a $20 million grant the National Science Foundation awarded to a consortium of research institutions. The money will go toward developing the New Mexico SMART Grid Center, a grid modernization project exploring how consumers can generate, store, and manage energy on … [Read more...]

What Ohio’s New PowerForward Collaborative will Tackle

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio advanced its grid modernization planning last week by creating a PowerForward Collaborative. Led by commission staff and comprised of utility stakeholders, the collaborative will hold its first meeting December 6 (Cases 18-1595-EL-GRD, 18-1596-EL-GRD, 18-1597-EL-GRD). The collaborative is charged … [Read more...]

Advancements Taking Microgrids to a Whole New Level

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S&C Electric's Chris Evanich explores how recent advancements in the industry are fueling progress, and covers the benefits and advantages of advanced microgrids.  The term microgrid has become pretty much mainstream; even the president of the United States has used the term. And a lot of people now accept the U.S. Department of Energy’s … [Read more...]

Farewell to “If You’ve Seen One Microgrid, You’ve Seen One Microgrid”

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Some quotes become sticky. Such is the case with: “If you’ve seen one microgrid, you’ve seen one microgrid.” Not long after S&C Electric’s David Chiesa coined the phrase about five years ago, it became something of a mantra at industry conferences and discussions. The converse of “if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all,” it was … [Read more...]

Here Comes the Rolls-Royce of Microgrids. Literally.

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Yet another global name is expanding its microgrid play -- Rolls-Royce -- with yesterday's announcement that it has taken a stake in an energy storage and controls startup and will now offer turnkey microgrids. The transportation and power technology company will add batteries, controls and renewables to its microgrid line following its investment … [Read more...]

Microgrid Industry Sees Promise – Mostly – in California’s 100% Zero-Carbon Electricity Mandate

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Clean energy continued its victory lap in California yesterday when Gov. Jerry Brown inked legislation that would require 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2045, a move largely praised by microgrid industry leaders -- with some cautions. The bill (SB 100) was one of several clean energy initiatives passed by California lawmakers in … [Read more...]

What California’s Microgrid Bill Means to the State – and Everybody Else

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California’s large influence on the energy industry bodes well for US microgrid growth, following the state's passage last week of microgrid legislation that other states are likely to emulate, say industry players. SB 1339 opens the door for creation of a microgrid tariff and predictable interconnection rules and time frames. Both create … [Read more...]

The Art — and Challenges — of Monetizing Resilience

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, S&C Electric's David Chiesa explores the ins and outs of monetizing resilience, and how the industry is working to place a value on energy stability.  Various folks have tried to place a value on resilience, including universities, government agencies, large industrials, and utilities. Each has … [Read more...]

10 Most Read Microgrid Knowledge Stories for the First Half of 2018

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Here’s a look at the top 10 most read Microgrid Knowledge stories for the first half of 2018. What captured the most attention? Microgrid costs, microgrid clusters, utility microgrids, airport microgrids, military microgrids, solar microgrids and energy storage. Also, note that articles 4 and 8 have been topping our charts since 2016. … [Read more...]

How Vital is Reliable Power? Puerto Rico’s 4,645 Deaths Offer an Answer

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In its struggle to quantify energy resilience, the microgrid industry tends to focus on economic damages from power outages: Perished goods, lost sales, diminished worker hours. Now it has a new, disturbing data point: Loss of human life. A Harvard study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates 4,645 deaths in … [Read more...]