Making Microgrids as Simple to Deploy & Finance as Rooftop Solar

Scale Microgrid

Scale Microgrid Solutions is on a mission to make sophisticated microgrids as easy to deploy and finance as rooftop solar, said Timothy Hade, microgrid specialist for the company. “Our thesis is that at scale, microgrids have all sorts of great technical aspects that can make our total energy system cleaner, cheaper and more reliable. But … [Read more...]

Hockey Tape Manufacturer Signs on to Microgrid in New York Industrial Park

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North American Tapes (NA Tapes) will be the first customer to join an industrial park microgrid at the Jefferson County Corporate Park in Watertown, New York. To be built, operated and owned by Rochester, New York's Acadia Energy, the microgrid will use natural gas-fired combined heat and power and solar photovoltaics. Other behind-the-meter … [Read more...]

Study Finds Los Angeles is Getting Hotter, Threatening Electric Reliability

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It may get much hotter in Los Angeles County in coming decades, exposing grid vulnerabilities and challenging electric reliability, according to university researchers. LA County's electricity infrastructure may suffer capacity losses as high as 240 MW, as population grows and temperatures rise from 2021-2060, according to "Climate Change in … [Read more...]

US Utility Invests in Kilowatt Labs to Boost Service with Microgrids

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Until December 2017, Kilowatt Labs was still a startup company, developing supercapacitor-based energy storage and an energy server that’s designed to manage distributed energy. But after the company delivered its first product in January, Kilowatt Labs attracted more business than expected. Most recently, it garnered a $2.5 million … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Goes Big by Going Local in the Microgrid Market

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Advanced microgrids were still something of a bet four years ago when Schneider Electric and partners rolled out the Oncor microgrid in Texas, an early demonstration project. Tiptoeing into microgrids then, the energy management and automation giant now is in full stride, made clear this week at its Innovation Summit North America in Atlanta, … [Read more...]

Microgrids for Energy-Hungry Cannabis Growers in California City

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SALT Energy, a Maryland based developer of renewable energy and microgrid projects, has teamed up with Baker Energy Team of Roseville, Calif., to explore the development of microgrids to serve new businesses in California City, especially cannabis growing operations. A microgrid project could be in operation as soon as next summer, according … [Read more...]

Barrier to Energy Storage in New York?

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New York is crafting one of the most ambitious energy storage targets in the nation, but major barriers could make it difficult to meet the target, according to a recent filing with state regulators by storage developer GI Energy. The affiliate of Shell New Energies US argues that energy storage developers face “massive uncertainty” … [Read more...]

Microgrid To Ensure Cattle on Historic Hawaii Ranch Never Go Thirsty

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At Parker Ranch -- a cattle ranch founded in the early 1800s and the largest in Hawaii -- a 400-kW Go Electric microgrid will ensure that cattle never go thirsty due to outages that have plagued the ranch for years. Situated near the end of Hawaii Electric Light’s (HELCO) distribution line on the Big Island are pumping stations that move … [Read more...]

Utilities See Future Profits in Microgrids: Survey

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Utilities see microgrids and related technologies as future revenue opportunities to help counter dampened profits from their traditional services, according to a new study from Accenture. The finding came from a survey of 150 utility executives across more than 25 countries, part of Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research program, now … [Read more...]

FuelCell Energy Acquires 14.9 MW Fuel Cell Park from Dominion Energy for $36.6M

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FuelCell Energy this week entered into an agreement to acquire Dominion Energy's 14.9 MW fuel cell park in Bridgeport, Connecticut for $36.6 million. The Connecticut-based fuel cell manufacturer built the fuel cell park for Dominion Energy and already operates and maintains the plant under a service agreement. The transaction is the result … [Read more...]