$1.5 Billion Microgrid Market Opportunity Emerges in Kenya

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A confluence of innovation, risk taking, and public and private effort has created a five-year, $1.5 billion microgrid market opportunity in Kenya, leading Germany’s TFE Consulting to dub the East African nation, “The World's Microgrid Lab.” International startups are deploying innovative mobile 'pay as you go' (Pay-Go), home solar, and … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids Make Progress in Arizona and Ohio

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Arizona and Ohio look like increasingly favorable turf for utility microgrids based on movement in the regulatory arena in recent weeks. The Arizona Corporation Commission has given Arizona Public Service (APS) the okay to recover costs in rates for two microgrids. The approval was part of a larger rate case, the utility’s first in five years, … [Read more...]

Natural Gas versus Distributed Energy: Which is Less Expensive?

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The natural gas versus distributed energy conversation continues with the release of a much-anticipated California study that concludes that a centralized natural gas generation plant is less expensive -- at least in the power-strapped area studied. The conclusion came out of a report "Moorpark Sub-Area Local Capacity Alternative Study," by the … [Read more...]

Japanese Consortium Launches Landmark Industrial Microgrid Demo in Rajasthan

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Japan’s NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Organization), Hitachi, Hitachi Systems and Itochu, in conjunction with the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, are launching an industrial microgrid demonstration project in India. Built to reliably supply power for a Mikuni India manufacturing facility in the Neemrana … [Read more...]

Wondering if Energy Storage Can Reduce Your Demand Charges?

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If you’ve heard that energy storage can reduce what you pay in demand charges, and you’re wondering if it would work for your operation, check out a paper issued today by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clean Energy Group (CEG). The paper finds that 25 percent of commercial customers in the U.S. – five million – pay demand … [Read more...]

New Jersey Regulators Take High Touch Approach to Community Microgrids

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New Jersey regulators are taking a high touch approach to developing community microgrids, conducting a series of publicly announced visits to towns that won state grants for feasibility studies. “It’s good for me, it’s good for my colleagues, to see the nuts and bolts of these projects, what they are going to look like and which facilities they … [Read more...]

What is a Microgrid?

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Welcome to About Microgrids, where Microgrid Knowledge defines terms and concepts to help readers understand the growing usefulness and popularity of this form of distributed energy. Microgrids are small, advanced electric grids with features that make them especially adept at managing energy and ensuring its reliable delivery. Self-sufficient, a … [Read more...]

Maine Business Park Seeks Partners for Green Microgrid Development

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Brunswick Landing, a business park at a former naval air station in Maine, is looking for an experienced partner to help with microgrid development as part of its larger plan to become a green technology center. Located in Brunswick on the southern Maine coast, the 3,200-acre campus now supplies its customers with only green energy. More than … [Read more...]

Microgrid Islanding: S&C and Ameren Show it Works at Illinois Microgrid

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Ameren's new Illinois microgrid demonstrated that it's able to seamlessly disconnect from the grid and run on renewable energy during a 24-hour microgrid islanding test this month. S&C Electric and Ameren conducted the test at a 1.475 MW microgrid in Champaign that the Midwest utility unveiled in May. Microgrid islanding -- the … [Read more...]

MIT Set to Upgrade its Cogeneration Plant for Campus Microgrid

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Editor's Note: Kristin Lund of MIT News reports that construction will begin this month on upgrades to the campus microgrid at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After months of preparation, MIT is planning to break ground this month on an upgrade project that will revitalize its Central Utilities Plant (CUP), a distributed … [Read more...]