An Argument to Green the Grid with Batteries and a Lesson from the Auto Industry

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NRDC's Tom Rutigliano refutes the argument by PJM that batteries must be able to run for 10 hours to replace a generator. "It’s as if the oil industry made a rule that electric cars weren’t allowed on the road until they have the same range on batteries as gas powered cars," he explains. Consider for a moment why hybrid cars are so efficient: … [Read more...]

Berkeley, California Becomes First US City to Require Building Electrification

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Pierre Delforge, an NRDC senior scientist, describes an historic decision by the city of Berkeley, California that requires electrification of all new buildings — and the trend it may foretell. In a first for California and the nation, the Berkeley, CA, City Council passed a historic ordinance last night requiring that new buildings be built … [Read more...]

How Midwestern Cities are Taking Electric Vehicles beyond the Passenger Car

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As electric vehicles become more common, they are expected to drive development of microgrids to serve charging stations. Here a team from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) looks at Midwestern cities that are taking electric vehicles beyond the passenger car.  When you think about electric vehicles (EVs), you might first think of … [Read more...]

Putting a Dollar Value on Energy Resiliency for the US Military

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Tripp Hathaway, sales and marketing manager for Hannah Solar Government Services, explores a formula for the military to value energy resiliency from a dollars and cents perspective. Recently, I attended three back-to-back events with a focus on energy resiliency, especially for the Department of Defense (DoD). The U.S. military has been … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Tracker Identifies 575 More Projects; Rise of Asia Pacific Market

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Shayne Willette, research analyst, energy, at Navigant Research, highlights the latest data from the company's microgrid tracker, which has uncovered several notable trends.  In step with the decarbonization, decentralization, and digitization adage, microgrids are increasingly being recognized as viable alternative solutions for companies, … [Read more...]

Electric Vehicles Are Driving Utility Rates Down

NRDC's Max Baumhefner, senior attorney for the climate and clean Energy Program, explores how the proliferation of electric vehicles could potentially lower utility bills across the board.  Can the addition of more electric vehicles to the grid actually lower utility bills for all customers? A recently updated study demonstrated just that, … [Read more...]

Leveraging Federal Microgrids to Provide Community-Scale Resiliency Benefits

Nicole Bulgarino of Ameresco explores the benefits of federal microgrids, and how they have the potential to enhance resiliency for the broader communities surrounding federal facilities. The federal government has been at the forefront of distributed energy for the last decade, supported by executive orders and Department of Defense (DoD) … [Read more...]

Something Old is Getting a Lot of Attention

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Chris Evanich, manager of microgrids at S&C Electric, explains why natural gas is top of mind for many in today's microgrid industry.  Globally, we are seeing a push to lower our carbon emissions. From electric cars to rooftop solar, there are more and more ways everyone can help contribute to this goal. While many individuals have … [Read more...]

How Microgrid Infrastructure Will Enable the Electrification of Transportation

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Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun explores the role microgrid infrastructure will have in the electrification of transportation.  Not all that long ago, most people laughed at the idea that cars could run entirely on an electric charge, not to mention cars that could drive themselves. While it hasn’t happened overnight, there is no doubt the … [Read more...]

Technology for Innovative Microgrid Solutions Continues to Progress

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Ameresco's Jacqueline DeRosa explores the progression of microgrid solutions and innovative technology that has evolved rapidly in the years since Hurricane Sandy rocked the East Coast.  It has been seven years since Hurricane Sandy caused devastation and an estimated $70 Billion dollars of damage along the Atlantic coast. My mother, living … [Read more...]