Why Microgrid Developers Shouldn’t be Storm Chasers

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Don’t follow one-time disasters to find microgrid opportunities; look instead to areas with recurring power outages and businesses interested in resilience, says a new study. Curious about the impact of storms and disasters, Wood Mackenzie, a global research and consultancy business, looked at microgrids sized 100 kW and above that were … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Close to Finalizing a Clean Peak Standard. Good News for Microgrids

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Massachusetts is close to implementing a clean peak standard that could bring wider opportunities for microgrid developers. It would also make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to implement the standard. Based on the premise that renewable energy is good for the environment, but even better if used at the right time, the clean peak … [Read more...]

New Jersey Prepares for Second Round of Microgrid Funding

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New Jersey expects to begin accepting applications in November for its second round of microgrid funding, part of a program that already has 13 towns studying the feasibility of microgrids. As a precursor, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities plans to seek comments next month on a draft proposal for the second round of the New Jersey … [Read more...]

New York Launches Investigation into Electric Resource Adequacy

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New York has launched an investigation into its mechanism to ensure electric resource adequacy out of concern that its current approach fails to account for local reliability and environmental benefits. The Public Service Commission voted to initiate the proceeding (CASE 19-E-0530) Thursday and now seeks comments from interested … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Examines the Feasibility of Microgrid Projects

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Massachusetts continues to move forward evaluating the feasibility of 14 potential microgrids, all part of the state’s consideration into whether it will go totally green by 2035 while also phasing out fossil fuel usage by 2045.  "We love all the projects equally," says Ariel Horowitz, director of technology development and the one who … [Read more...]

Australian Energy Market Operator Invites Consumers to Participate in Virtual Power Plant

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Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid describes a virtual power plant program designed to unlock new value for Australian consumers who have invested in distributed energy technology. Plans to harness consumer distributed energy resources and trial using them in service to the greater grid have gained ground last week, with the Australian … [Read more...]

Connecticut Supercharges Plan for World’s Largest Fuel Cell Microgrid at $1 Billion Data Center

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Connecticut has supercharged development of a 20-MW fuel cell microgrid — part of a $1 billion data center project in New Britain — with a 10-year, $55.2 million sales and use tax exemption. EIP Investments intends to build a microgrid spanning 45,000 square-feet on the site of a shuttered Stanley Black & Decker manufacturing plant in … [Read more...]

When Your Campus Microgrid Works So Well No One Notices

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You know you’ve done something right when your new campus microgrid islands so seamlessly that you don’t even know it happened. That’s what occurred in February, in response to a communications glitch, at Montclair State University (MSU), the second largest university in New Jersey with 23,000 students. MSU's system includes a 5.4-MW … [Read more...]

Threat of Wildfires and Power Shutdowns Heightens Urgency for Microgrid in California Community

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Recent power shutdowns by Pacific Gas &Electric (PGE) -- and the likelihood of more to come -- has renewed the urgency of a microgrid feasibility study being carried out for the Northern California City of Calistoga. California utilities undertake the shutdowns, known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) when wildfire risk heightens. … [Read more...]

Tough Summer for the Power Grid. But the Microgrids are Working

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Severe heat and storms across the US this summer have strained the electric grid and caused extensive power outages. But the microgrids are working. Consider what happened on July 20 in northeast and north central Wisconsin when a thunderstorm knocked out power to 240,000 customers, leaving 50,000 with no power for two to three days. The … [Read more...]