Long Before Microgrids were Called Microgrids: The Russelectric Story

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You might say the world’s just catching up to Russelectric. Long before microgrids were called microgrids, the Massachusetts-based company offered the technology. “We have been building microgrid and distributed energy controllers and systems for 50-60 years, they just weren't calling them that,” said John Stark, Russelectric’s marketing … [Read more...]

Combined Heat and Power is the Dominant Microgrid Technology…For Now

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Combined heat and power (CHP) is the dominant form of microgrid technology now, but solar energy threatens to usurp its position by 2026. That's the word from Navigant Research in its new report, Microgrid Enabling Technologies Market Overview. The report finds that among generation technologies deployed within microgrids, CHP leads with 655 … [Read more...]

Can EV Infrastructure in California Keep Up with Adoption?

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California is on track to meet or surpass Gov. Brown’s earlier goal of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) by 2025. But EV infrastructure challenges could prevent the state from meeting his latest goal of 5 million ZEVs by 2030, says a report prepared for the think tank Next 10. Inadequate EV infrastructure could slow down adoption, says F. … [Read more...]

Have You Seen These Microgrids? Here’s Your Chance at Microgrid 2018

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One of the many reasons to attend the Microgrid 2018 conference (Chicago, May 7-9) is the opportunity to tour working and developing microgrids. Space is limited so register now to secure a first-hand look at: Chicago's Shedd Aquarium microgrid in development The Illinois Institute of Technology's working microgrid S&C … [Read more...]

Following the Atlanta Airport’s $40M Power Outage, What’s Next?

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Georgia Power says it plans to work with the Atlanta airport and the city to determine any possible reliability upgrades in response to an 11-hour power outage December 17 that cost Delta Airlines $40 million. The Southern Company subsidiary made the statement in a series of answers to questions posed by the staff of the George Public Service … [Read more...]

Concentric to Offer $100M in Cogeneration and Microgrid Project Finance

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California-based Concentric Power has launched a $100 million program to finance cogeneration and microgrid projects, primarily for commercial and industrial companies. With roots in the U.S. food and agricultural industries, the company plans to leverage the new finance program to dive deeper into its core sector as well as expand into … [Read more...]

Can Utilities Rate Base Energy Storage as a Distribution Asset?

Rate Base Energy Storage

Can utilities rate base energy storage as a distribution asset? Texas is now tackling this big question, with the potential to set policy that could have national ramifications. The question arose when American Electric Power (AEP) asked the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas to approve its proposal to install numerous grid-scale batteries … [Read more...]

How Community Microgrids Have the Power to Change Civilization

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Jayant Kumar, global digital grids program director at GE Grid Solutions, discusses how community microgrids can change civilization, and why every city planner should keep them top of mind. Elisa Wood, chief editor of Microgrid Knowledge, interviewed Kumar at Microgrid 2017 in Boston. In terms of who the industry needs to be educating on the … [Read more...]

NYPA to Re-Think Albany Microgrid Following Pressure to Add Renewables

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Under pressure from local advocates, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) says it will take a second look at plans for a 16-MW Albany microgrid project to see if it can incorporate renewable energy. As originally conceived the Albany microgrid would use combined heat and power (CHP) to supply 90 percent of the power, as well as heating and … [Read more...]

Microgrid Effort Continues in Puerto Rico as Army Corps Installs 8th Project

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed its eighth microgrid on Puerto Rico, as the U.S. territory continues to struggle with power restoration from Hurricane Marie's strike in September. Latest outage figures from the Department of Energy show nearly 30 percent of customers, 439,000 in total, still without power on the island. The grid … [Read more...]