California Regulators Redirect Electric Transportation Strategy; Stakeholders Protest

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The California Public Utilities Commission late last week terminated its docket on transportation electrification and opened a new one to create a more coordinated strategy for electric vehicles and their integration into the electric grid. The order, particularly in its draft form, attracted opposition from industry stakeholders, who filed … [Read more...]

No Microgrid is an Island? A Look at the Growing Value of Connectedness

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Well, okay, some microgrids are electrical islands, particularly those that are on a literal island or in a desert or on a mountaintop or somewhere no central grid exists. They function in a stand-alone fashion, or in industry parlance islanded. Others operate independently just some of the time, separating from the central grid during a … [Read more...]

Microgrids Reside at the Core of Tribal Electric Utilities

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Microgrids lie at the technological core of efforts by two Native American Tribal Nations to develop local electric utilities and gain greater degrees of self-reliance and sovereignty. Not far from Oklahoma City, Fire Lake Energy -- a nascent tribal utility being formed by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation -- is developing a 10-MW microgrid. The … [Read more...]

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...]

Financing the Road to Energy Independence

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Hear from both Clark Wiedetz, Siemens' microgrid director, and Chase Dougherty of Siemens Financial Services, as they explore how innovations in financing are changing the face of future energy independence for enterprises, municipalities and more.  In many areas of the United States, the traditional model for electricity delivery is … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Microgrid Market Gets Even More Interesting with Siemens Plan to Acquire Russelectric

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Global energy technology giant Siemens plans to acquire Massachusetts-based Russelectric, a move likely to strengthen Siemens position in state’s increasingly fertile microgrid market. Russelectric manufactures power control systems and made a splash in the microgrid arena last year with the opening of a sophisticated microgrid demonstration … [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...]

New York’s Energy Storage Roadmap: It’s Not Easy Getting from Here to There

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New York has won praise for setting a goal to attract 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025. But now comes the tricky part — deciding specific routes to take on energy storage roadmap. The complexity of the journey is apparent in comments recently filed by utilities, energy storage companies, microgrid developers, solar developers, advocates … [Read more...]

US DOE Allots $10M to Combined Heat & Power Projects for Manufacturers

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to allot up to $10 million to seven combined heat and power (CHP) projects, some of them CHP microgrids, to explore the technology’s use by small-to-midsize manufacturers. CHP is considered a highly efficient form of distributed energy because it uses the waste heat created during power production. … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Financing Options Can Help Manage Your Risk

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz explores a variety of microgrid financing options that can help better manage risk and enhance microgrid value.  Imagine you made the decision to move forward with a microgrid and now it is time for the dreaded question of how to pay for it. One simple preferred business … [Read more...]