Why These 10 Microgrids Won Funding in California

California microgrid projects

Ten California microgrid projects recently beat 150 others in a competition for $51.9 million in state grant money. What set them apart? The proposed* winners had to meet strict requirements, demonstrating a business case for advanced microgrids that support the state’s energy and greenhouse gas policies. That included proving that projects had … [Read more...]

Inside a $40M Army Energy Efficiency Project and Microgrid on the Marshall Islands

remote microgrid

Johnson Controls has been awarded a $40 million energy conservation contract that includes a remote microgrid on the Marshall Islands, designed to boost resiliency and cut diesel use for the U.S. Army. A partnership of Johnson Controls and the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, the multi-stage project is underway at the U.S. Army Garrison … [Read more...]

NRDC on Why Congress May Miss a Huge Clean Energy Boost in Tax Extenders

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NRDC's Elizabeth Noll and Arjun Krishnaswami argue that Congress should modify tax extenders legislation so that it fosters transformative technologies challenged by market-entry barriers, particularly those that create jobs, spur innovation, and drive down carbon emissions. Congress is poised to extend and expand energy tax credits that benefit … [Read more...]

How EVs Can Support the Grid and Utilities — and Why They Don’t

EVs Can Support the Grid

Let’s count all the ways EVs can support the grid and utilities. Then let’s count all the reasons they don’t. That’s what a new report from Deloitte does. Called Powering the Future of Mobility, the report says that EVs can help stabilize the grid, absorb extra renewable energy, and help engage utility customers. To do this, however, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Serves Biotech World Headquarters and Research Campus


Veolia North America managed the operations and maintenance of a 5.3 MW combined heat and power (CHP) solution to meet the needs of a global biotechnology company’s world headquarters and research campus. The plant received backup support from Veolia’s district steam system, and its construction was managed by Veolia’s energy consulting group, … [Read more...]

British Utility Giant Invests in New York Blockchain Microgrid Startup

blockchain microgrid

A subsidiary of British utility Centrica is providing financial backing for LO3 Energy, the New York startup working on a carefully watched blockchain microgrid in Brooklyn. The investment – amount undisclosed – comes as Centrica also collaborates with LO3 on two new projects, one with its subsidiary Direct Energy in the US, and another … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Opens at Manufacturing Facility in Hingham, Mass

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Hingham, Massachusetts is the site of a new microgrid located at the Russelectric manufacturing and innovation center. The microgrid serves Russelectric’s 120,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and also acts as a hands-on demonstration area. Interconnected with the Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant, the microgrid includes an emergency … [Read more...]

Grid Stability from Siemens…NY DER Consumer Protections…Engie in Africa

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Siemens mobile solution adds grid stability for Dominion Siemens is providing Dominion Energy with a new mobile tool to create grid stability during disturbances and faults. Called the Mobile SVC STATCOM, the technology provides fast and controlled reactive power. The Virginia-based utility will be able to move the device anywhere grid support … [Read more...]

AES Energy Storage Proves Itself During Island Hurricanes

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News continues to emerge about microgrids and energy storage being employed during and after the recent North American hurricanes, most recently in the Dominican Republic. When the storm season was threatening, the Dominican grid operator asked power services company AES Dominicana to keep two 10-MW of energy storage units operating to ensure … [Read more...]

Hurricane Harvey Devastation Shows Why Grid Resiliency is Critical

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While the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the West’s wildfires are fresh in our minds, it’s critical to start focusing on grid resiliency -- and how distributed energy can contribute to it. Utilities and state regulators right now focus more on grid reliability than grid resiliency, said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage … [Read more...]