Microgrids for Social Justice, Cities, Schools and Even Furniture

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Microgrids for social justice in Massachusetts The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has awarded two $75,000 grants for social justice microgrids planned in Boston's Chinatown and Chelsea neighborhoods. The microgrids are the brainchild of an energy democracy collaborative called RUN-GJC, which intends to use the funds to conduct  technical … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Issues Final Microgrid Rules as Hurricane Season Looms

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Puerto Rico regulators on Friday issued final microgrid rules to help boost development, as the island continues to struggle to recover from last September’s island-wide power outage following Hurricane Maria. The rules (CEPR-MI-2018-0001) arrived in a speedier fashion than the norm for energy regulation, with just five months between draft … [Read more...]

History of Energy in Illinois Starts and Ends with Renewables-Based Microgrids

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Back in the 1890s, Samuel Insull, the founder of Commonwealth Edison, began providing energy in Illinois with renewables-based microgrids. More than a century later, Illinois is once again embracing renewables-based microgrids, with a handful of the most innovative microgrids now being developed and launched in Chicago. That was the engaging … [Read more...]

Microgrid Clustering and the Dilemma of Human Nature

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It won’t happen overnight, but eventually microgrids will interact with each other to achieve greater efficiencies, a concept known as microgrid clustering or grid-of-microgrids. How much and how soon remains to be seen, but clustering is beginning. Commonwealth Edison is the first utility to move forward with a microgrid cluster of … [Read more...]

ComEd Selects Siemens Microgrid Software for Bronzeville Microgrid Cluster

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Commonwealth Edison will use Siemens microgrid software as the platform to manage a microgrid cluster that the Exelon subsidiary plans to develop in Chicago’s South Side. ComEd’s choice of the software marks the first major announcement on the Bronzeville microgrid, since it won approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission February … [Read more...]

ComEd’s Much-Watched Bronzeville Microgrid Wins Key Backing

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Chicago’s much-watched Bronzeville microgrid has scored a key win with an administrative law judge recommending that state regulators okay the Commonwealth Edison project. Countering objections from the state attorney general, Administrative Law Judge Jessica Cardoni found the plant to be “prudent and reasonable” in a proposed order filed with … [Read more...]

How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids

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Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply. First came Hurricane Harvey in late August with wind and water knocking out 10,000 MW of generating capacity in Texas. Then on … [Read more...]

Illinois is the Grid Modernization Market to Watch: Report

Illinois is emerging as the best kept secret in grid modernization, taking big strides that go unnoticed in the shadow of high visibility coastal states that are pushing for flashier industry reforms. That's the word from a new report, “Generation to Generation: An Energy Evolution," by management consulting firm ScottMadden. The report finds … [Read more...]

Imagining Broader Microgrid Opportunities

Dick Munson of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) lays out broader microgrid opportunities -- beyond reliability and environmental wins -- that could make microgrids a critical piece of a smarter energy future. Localized power grids that have the ability to disconnect from the main, centralized grid – known as microgrids – have become one of … [Read more...]

ComEd Microgrid Wins Grid Modernization Funding; DOE Boosts Solar, Energy Storage

Another microgrid –  Commonwealth Edison’s Bronzeville project – got a financial boost this week in the rollout of grid modernization funding underway by the U.S. Department of Energy. The DOE allotted $4 million to the innovative ComEd microgrid, which was among six solar and energy storage projects to receive a total of $18 million. The … [Read more...]