Regulators Want to Know If Georgia Power Considered a Microgrid for the Atlanta Airport

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State regulators want to know if Georgia Power had considered a microgrid “for such a critical customer” as the Atlanta airport before this week’s 11-hour electrical outage. The question was among a series that the staff of the Georgia Public Service Commission sent to the utility this week about the December 17 outage that crippled the … [Read more...]

Nigeria Minigrids: “An Unparalleled” $9.2 Billion Business Opportunity

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A US$9.2 billion a year market opportunity for minigrids and home solar PV systems is expected to save Nigerian homes and businesses $4.4 billion per year in energy spending, as well as dramatically improve human and environmental health and safety, according to a market study produced by Nigeria's Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Rocky Mountain … [Read more...]

First Cybersecure Microgrid Controller Installed by Midwestern Utility

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This is the sixth and final article in a Microgrid Knowledge series. This post explores what is being described as the first utility-owned microgrid to include an advanced cybersecure microgrid controller.  A 1.475-MW test project is being described by a Midwestern utility and a key partner as one of the most technologically advanced … [Read more...]

LO3 Blockchain to Connect Microgrids to European Wholesale Power Market

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LO3 Energy and European electricity exchange EPEX Spot plan to develop blockchain energy trading and transaction systems to link microgrids with the European wholesale power market. Staging an international launch event in Paris this week, EPEX Spot and New York-based LO3 Energy signed a memorandum of understanding to share their … [Read more...]

How Microgrids-as-a-Service Could Lead to a Surge in Microgrid Use

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  Mark Feasel, vice president of Schneider Electric’s electric utility segment and smart grid business in the U.S., explains how microgrids-as-a-service could lead to a surge in microgrid use. Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, interviews Feasel at Microgrid 2017. The thought of researching, funding and installing a … [Read more...]

New York and Puerto Rico Propose $1B for Microgrids in Post-Maria Rebuild

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Officials from New York and Puerto Rico yesterday urged Congress to approve more than $1 billion for microgrids as part of a $94.4 billion package they are proposing to rebuild the island. Announced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, the plan comes as more than 30 percent of the island remains without power … [Read more...]

Why Maine Lawmakers Should Support Pending Microgrid Legislation

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The Acadia Center's Kathleen Meil describes recent power outages in Maine that underscore the need for energy resiliency. She explains how pending microgrid legislation can help. Of the many economic, energy, and environmental benefits of a clean, modernized community energy system, one might stand out for electric customers across the … [Read more...]

How Can Cybersecure Microgrids Help During Cyberattacks on the Grid?

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Michael Kilpatrick, vice president of power systems solutions for S&C Electric, explains why we need cybersecure microgrids. Kilpatrick spoke with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge chief editor, at Microgrid 2017 in Boston. We have good reason to worry about a cyberattack on the electric grid; the threat is not "overblown," Kilpatrick said … [Read more...]

Wind-powered Community Microgrids Heat “Boxes of Bricks” in Alaska Homes

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Wind-powered community microgrids are providing both electricity and heat to four small rural communities in Alaska, cutting residents’ fuel bills and reducing dependence on diesel fuel. What makes the project viable is its focus on community needs beyond just electricity, said Dennis Meiners, principal of Anchorage-based Intelligent Energy … [Read more...]

Is a Network of Mini-grids the Answer for Puerto Rico?

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AES has proposed that Puerto Rico consider a redesign of its grid into a network of regional mini-grids powered by up to 10,000 MW of solar and 2,500 MW of battery storage. The Virginia-based global energy company recently put forward the idea in response to an inquiry underway at the Puerto Rico Energy Commission. The commission is seeking … [Read more...]