Expect the DOE Electric Grid Study to End with a Fizzle, Not a Bang: NRDC

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John Moore and Miles Farmer, of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), explain why a much-anticipated DOE electric grid study is unlikely to succeed in propping up coal over renewables. Anticipation is building in advance of the release of a study ordered by Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry to examine “critical issues … [Read more...]

S&C Electric’s IPERC Wins Designation for Military Microgrid Controller

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IPERC, a subsidiary of S&C Electric, has again won a significant Department of Defense (D0D) designation for its cybersecure military microgrid controller, this one at the Fort Carson Army Post in Colorado. Known as the DoD Authorization to Operate (ATO), the designation indicates that IPERC's GridMaster microgrid control system has … [Read more...]

Learning From Successful Real World Healthcare Microgrids

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This is the sixth and final article in a series that looks at how healthcare microgrids open the door to more reliable, clean, lower cost energy in hospitals, and more resilient communities.  When a storm knocks out your neighborhood power, you can hunker down and ride out the loss without too much stress. You can also borrow some ‘bread and … [Read more...]

Dynapower President Helps Home State on Climate & Other News from Go Electric and Aquion

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Dynapower president to help home state bring energy storage to climate action Vermont wants to link its climate and economic goals, and has tapped Adam Knudsen, president of Vermont-based Dynapower, to show how energy storage can help. Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Knudsen to the state's newly formed Vermont Climate Action … [Read more...]

Commercial and Industrial Players: How to Determine if a Microgrid is Right for You

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Clark Wiedetz, microgrid director for Siemens Energy Management, explores how to determine if a microgrid is right for today's commercial and industrial players. C&I market trends The commercial and industrial (C&I) market is evolving into one of the most innovative microgrid segments yet, according … [Read more...]

Perks of the No Money Down Microgrid for Healthcare Facilities

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Too many hospitals are unaware that they do not need to dive into their capital to install a healthcare microgrid, as we explain in the fifth article in our series on the healthcare microgrid. Given today’s uncertainties about healthcare policy in the United States, hospitals are understandably wary of making large capital investments. And … [Read more...]

California Microgrid Dream Getting Real…Navigant & Energy Storage…Hawaii & Renewables

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California Microgrid Dream Getting Real The California microgrid market is expected to get a boost in July with two key events: release of a solicitation that will offer $44.7 million in microgrid grant money and the next meeting to map out a road forward on state policy. The fourth microgrid roadmap meeting is set for July 26 at the … [Read more...]

Pacific Power Offers Funds for Renewable Microgrids and Other Advanced Energy

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Oregon-based utility Pacific Power is offering funds for clean energy projects, with emphasis on renewable microgrids, electric vehicle charging, energy storage systems and other advanced energy that serves communities. The funding comes from the utility’s Blue Sky program, which has provided $10 million for clean energy projects since 2006. … [Read more...]

Exploring Detail Engineering Challenges in Microgrid Implementations

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, the team at POWER Engineers explores common detail engineering challenges in microgrid implementations and how to overcome them.  Microgrids offer a number of interesting and valuable capabilities to their owners, operators and customers. Increased impact of renewable sources, increased electric reliability, … [Read more...]

Microgrids: The Key to Power Resiliency

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There are a variety of both practical and technical considerations to take into consideration while advancing power resiliency through microgrids. But you know what’s even more expensive than advancement? Power disruptions. In fact, according to Eaton’s Blackout Tracker Annual Report, electric outages cost the economy $150 billion annually and … [Read more...]