Getting Horticultural Pests Under Control with the Help of a 10-MW Microgrid

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Dutch company Alfen will supply a 10-MW microgrid for a new facility in the Netherlands being built by Koppert Biological Systems, a global player in sustainable, biological controls for horticulture. The production facility will be located at Berkel and Rodenrijs, a town in the western Netherlands, where Koppert will produce insects that are … [Read more...]

What Senegal Needs to do to Close its Energy Gap by 2030

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Erik Nordman, of Grand Valley State University, describes strides to achieve universal electricity access in Senegal and the role of microgrids. Affordable and clean energy is the foundation for many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Modern energy, like electricity and liquified petroleum gas, is a vital need for … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Wants Microgrids. But Will its Rules be too Rigid?

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José Román Morales, president of the Puerto Rico Energy Commission (PREC), is clear: Microgrid development is welcome in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico -- even before the commission’s just-released draft rules are finalized. “Right now, we need to get the country back on its feet,” he said, referring to the fact that in the wake of Hurricane … [Read more...]

Eight Projects Proposed in Round 4 of the Connecticut Microgrid Grant Program

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The application window for Round 4 of the pioneering Connecticut microgrid grant program closed with the onset of the new year. Eight entities filed applications for funding to develop community microgrids with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), which is managing and administering the program. Originally created in … [Read more...]

U.S. Military Issues Solicitation for Microgrids with Energy Storage

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The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued a solicitation Tuesday seeking pre-proposals for multiple projects at military installations that will assess large-scale energy storage within microgrids. Applications are due March 8 by 2 p.m. ET. In describing its reason for pursuing microgrid technology, the defense department noted that … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Wastes No Time Drafting Rules to Encourage Microgrid Development

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Some believe Puerto Rico’s crushed power grid will emerge as a phoenix, out of the ashes becoming a global model for microgrid development. It’s hard to say yet if that will happen. But draft microgrid rules released last week by the Puerto Rico Energy Commission signal the island could be on the right track. First, note their speed of … [Read more...]

Electric Resilience to Get FERC-level Attention. But Not the Way the Trump Administration Hoped

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled Monday that it will make energy resilience “a priority” -- but not in the way U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry had requested. The commission rejected the energy secretary's assertion that retirement of coal and nuclear plants threatens electric resilience. Instead FERC plans to look at … [Read more...]

From Mind Meld to Microgrids in Puerto Rico

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In a continuing mission to restore critical electrical power to the people of Puerto Rico, Task Force Power Restoration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is using microgrid technology to temporarily power areas that have been hardest hit by Hurricane Maria. Capt. Aaron Anderson, TF Power Restoration, is the operations officer leading the effort, … [Read more...]

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Vehicle-to-Grid Services

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All eyes are on Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) as it tests the ability of EVs to help power homes during outages and provide demand response. Will vehicle-to-grid live up to its big promise? Industry insiders are both optimistic and cautious. “The biggest challenge to using EVs to flow power back to the grid is that doing so would … [Read more...]

NYPA Expects to Announce Winner for Albany Microgrid 1st Q 2018

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The New York Power Authority (NYPA) expects to choose a contractor in the first quarter of 2018 to build the 16-MW Albany microgrid at the 98-acre Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza. The authority issued a request for proposals last year seeking a design/build team to complete permitting and interconnection requirements, … [Read more...]