Pet Microgrids, Best Microgrids, and Microgrids that Get Your Package There on Time


Maryland County looks at microgrids to protect pets Montgomery County, Maryland has been ahead of the curve when it comes to microgrids. Now the county is exploring the possibility of installing a microgrid for its animal shelter, perhaps the first in the country. The county is doing so for good reason. Protecting animals often strains … [Read more...]

As-a-Service Model Continues to Make Inroads with Projects from Fairbanks Morse and Younicos


The as-a-service model continues to grow in popularity for microgrids and other forms of distributed energy, most recently reflected in news from Fairbanks Morse and Younicos. As-a-service-models offer customers a way to avoid capital installation costs and pay for only energy and any related services produced by projects. The customer also is … [Read more...]

Cryptocurrency Companies to See Electric Rates Rise in NY. Opening for Microgrids?


Certain New York utilities can now charge higher rates to cryptocurrency companies, a business sector viewed as ripe for microgrids. The state Public Service Commission on Thursday ruled (Case No. 18018/18-E-0126) that upstate municipal power authorities may create special rates for the companies, known for their use of vast amounts of energy in … [Read more...]

Poll Finds Americans Wary of Grid Safety in Wake of Russian Hacking

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Americans are worried about grid cybersecurity and see the nation as unprepared for an extended power outage, according to a new poll. Protect Our Power, a non-profit group that includes former utility executives, released the survey results the same day that Homeland Security and the FBI warned that Russians have hacked the grid and other U.S. … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Microgrid Bill Wins Committee Vote. Heads to House

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A utility microgrid bill is headed to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives following unanimous committee approval Monday. The Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee voted in favor of HB 1412, which clears the way for utilities to build microgrid pilot projects and recover their costs through rates. The bill arose out … [Read more...]

It’s Official: Fast-Growing Microgrid Developer EPS Now Part of Engie

French utility giant Engie closed last week on a majority stake in Electro Power Systems (EPS), a fast-growing energy storage and microgrid developer with offices in Milan and Paris. The acquisition is among several by Engie into green and innovative technologies under an investment plan launched in 2016, as the international company … [Read more...]

Why Data Centers Are Slow to Adopt Microgrids (And Why That Will Change)

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, AFCOM's John Heiderscheidt studies how an increasing focus on resiliency is pushing more data centers toward microgrids.  Whether you’re surfing the web at work, shopping for a new dress on your tablet or paying those pesky utility bills with your app, you’re utilizing a company’s IT system. That … [Read more...]

What are the Typical Questions that Universities and Colleges Have about Campus Microgrids?

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Siemens' Clark Wiedetz and other company experts explore the ins and outs of campus microgrids, as well as answers to some of the most-asked questions from universities and colleges on microgrid development and value.  Together with Christopher Kopach from the Association of Physical Plant … [Read more...]

Illinois’ Chief Energy Regulator Brien Sheahan to Deliver Microgrid 2018 Keynote

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Brien Sheahan, chairman and CEO of the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), will deliver the Microgrid 2018 keynote address, Tuesday, May 8 in Chicago. Sheahan is known for the promotion of innovation and forward-looking regulatory policy in a variety of different industries in Illinois and nationally. In addition to leading the Illinois … [Read more...]

Water-Energy Nexus: A Warning for the U.S. from South Africa

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The Environmental Defense Fund's Kate Zerrenner describes the water-energy nexus impacting Cape Town as it runs dry, and posits that parts of the U.S. could face the same threat. In Cape Town, South Africa, the countdown is on for Day Zero when water taps in the city of 4 million people are expected to run dry. Yet, while this water … [Read more...]