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...]

Bigger is Not Better: Grid Modernization and the Antiquated Concept of ‘Baseload’

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The US electric grid is having its smart phone moment. Will the federal government get in the way? That’s the worry of clean energy groups that are arming themselves with research on grid modernization. The groups are responding to an April 14 memo where U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry questions policy that encourages renewable and … [Read more...]

NY Green Bank Exceeds Financial Goals, Readies for Significant Microgrid Investment

NY Green Bank

The NY Green Bank, which is financing microgrids, solar, wind and a range of other green energy projects, has beat its financial goals for the year, according to a report issued late last week. The public/private fund generated $2.7 million in net positive income for 2016/17, with revenue exceeding costs one year ahead of expectations. In … [Read more...]

California to Offer $44.7M Next Month in Quest of the Standardized Microgrid

standardized microgrid

California plans to put $44.7 million behind the industry quest for standardized microgrid configurations, a move to drive down costs. The California Energy Commission (CEC) will award the funds by way of a request for proposals (RFP), scheduled for July. Because most microgrids are customized, it has been difficult for the industry to drive … [Read more...]

ABB Microgrid to Integrate Wind and Solar on Aruba

ABB microgrid

Aruba plans to install an ABB microgrid to integrate the island’s renewables, a feat accomplished by a microgrid’s controller or ‘brain.’ Microgrids are increasingly being deployed for this purpose in places, like Aruba, that are striving to make renewables a greater part of their mix. The Dutch Caribbean island wants to reduce use of … [Read more...]

Businesses Turn to Self-Generation, Renewables and Storage for Reliability

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More businesses are turning to self-generation, renewables and storage to diversify, ensure reliability, and meet corporate sustainability goals. And those that aren’t procuring renewable energy say they’d more likely to, if they could combine it with energy storage. That’s the word from a new report from Deloitte, “Resources 2017 Study – … [Read more...]

New! The Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey

Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey

Who’s building microgrids, where and why? Please share your insights by taking the Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey, now live here. It will take just 10 minutes (or less) to answer the questions. And in return we’ll be sure you are among the first to receive the results. Just leave your email (optional) at the end of the survey, and we’ll … [Read more...]

Why Pennsylvania Utilities Want to Build Public Purpose Microgrids: Legislative Hearing

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Two Pennsylvania utilities made a case to state lawmakers this week for public purpose microgrids as concern heightens over the potential for a cyberattack on the electric power grid. Representatives from PECO Energy and Duquesne Light were among about half dozen industry and government experts, some from national energy organizations, who … [Read more...]

Navigant Identifies 173 More Microgrid Projects, Sees Growth in Solar & CHP Microgrids

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Navigant Research has identified 173 new microgrid projects worldwide in its Microgrid Deployment Tracker 2Q17, released this week. In all, Navigant has found 1,842 microgrids operating, under development, or proposed, representing 19,279.4 MW of capacity globally. In its last tracker, released in December 2016, Navigant had counted 1,681 … [Read more...]

Clarkson Avenue Microgrid Designed for Brooklyn Medical Corridor

Clarkson Avenue Microgrid

Here we profile the Clarkson Avenue Microgrid project, as part of a series of occasional articles about NY Prize winners, based on their detailed applications to the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). Given the critical nature of their services, hospitals are prime candidates for microgrids. Maintaining a … [Read more...]