Agreement with Illinois’ Largest Utility Could Jump-Start Private Microgrids

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Christie Hicks, of the Environmental Defense Fund, sheds light on a new a new agreement with Illinois’ largest utility, ComEd, that may pave the way for private microgrids to use utility wires.  Imagine you and your neighbors have solar panels on your roofs. You want to create a mini-power grid so … [Read more...]

Is Stock Performance Tied to Grid Reliability?

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explores whether stock performance is directly tied to grid reliability.  During tax season, Americans tend to evaluate the performance of their investments to verify whether they are investing correctly. It’s also a good time to look at how the … [Read more...]

Seattle City Light to Issue RFP for $3.3 Million Community Center Microgrid

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Seattle City Light plans to issue a request for proposals in May for a contractor to build a $3.3 million community center microgrid for the city's parks and recreation department. The publicly owned utility will seek an engineering, procurement and construction company to install the microgrid at the Miller Community Center, which is operated … [Read more...]

Microgrid Engineering Becoming a Macro-Profession

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Doug Jones, of POWER Engineers, discusses how microgrid engineering is becoming a macro-profession.  I recently had an interesting conversation with a colleague about our work with microgrid engineering projects. A common theme emerged: Many of the bad experiences involved a lack of cross-discipline … [Read more...]

Microgrids Part of Backbone of New Grid, says EEI & International Electricity Groups

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The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and similar organizations from Australia, Canada, Europe and Japan joined forces this week to support modernizing the grid and including microgrids as part of the backbone. Meeting in Washington, D.C. for the International Electricity Summit, leaders from major electric power associations issued a joint … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2018: A Conference Like No Other for Microgrids

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Microgrid 2018 is coming up soon. Seats are selling fast for the May 7-9 event in Chicago. We're describing it as a microgrid event like no other yet held. Here's why... What makes Microgrid 2018 unique? First, our agenda is designed to bring together those who want to lead and shape the course of the growing microgrid industry over the … [Read more...]

The Spectrum of Resiliency – What Role Does Energy Storage Play in a Microgrid?

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Ameresco's Benjamin Lavoie explores the role that energy storage plays in a microgrid, and what this means for resiliency efforts.  Microgrids and energy storage are highly promising and frequently discussed topics in the energy community. Growing cybersecurity threats and frequent natural disasters that … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Launches Transportable Solar Microgrid Product

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Schneider Electric today launched a new industrial-class solar microgrid, a containerized, transportable plug & play, transportable unit. Called Villaya, the microgrid was unveiled at the 2018 Schneider Electric Annual Innovation Summit in Paris, which is expected to draw 4,000 visitors. Schneider describes the new solar microgrid as … [Read more...]

Army Corps Mobile Microgrid App Improves Power Restoration on Puerto Rico

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The US Army Corps of Engineers' Recovery Field Office in Puerto Rico is hastening grid restoration efforts with the help of a new microgrid app to site and manage installations. *Credit: US Army Corpos of Engineers Developed in-house, the microgrid app enhances the ability of field staff to site, commission and decommission mobile … [Read more...]

Unlocking the Financial Value of Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage

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In this week's Industry Perspectives, Colin Neagle, marketing manager for Enel X, explores the value of behind-the-meter energy storage. Neagle is also editor-in-chief of the EnergySMART blog, where the following post first ran.  While many commercial and industrial (C&I) enterprises are drawn to the sustainability and resilience … [Read more...]