California’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs: The Implications for Microgrids

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In this Q&A with Microgrid Knowledge, Bob Georgeoff, vice president of Ameresco, explains the implications for microgrids of recent public safety power shutoffs in California.  Microgrid Knowledge: What role can microgrids play when there is a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in California? Bob Georgeoff: Microgrids play a critical … [Read more...]

Advisian Leaders Showcase Advanced Energy Software Tool

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In an interview at Microgrid 2019, two Advisian executives — Tristan Jackson, director, smart and distributed energy and Andrea Ruotolo, senior manager, smart and distributed energy — discuss the company’s latest advanced energy software tool.  Advisian is the technical consulting branch of Worley — a 55,000 person engineering services firm … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids with Energy Storage: Cost Effective and Clean

community microgrids with energy storage

New Ameresco energy storage VP Jacqueline DeRosa highlights how the dropping price of energy storage has positioned communities to take advantage of new microgrid models. Community microgrids with energy storage serve to enhance grid reliability, security, and efficiency.  The growth of distributed resources is forcing utilities and grid … [Read more...]

Study Finds Large Potential for Solar and Community Microgrids in San Diego

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San Diego — already one of California’s greenest cities — has the potential to develop 2 GW of solar, opening up new opportunity for community microgrids, according to the Clean Coalition. The non-profit organization recently completed a study of solar potential in San Diego as part of an effort by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) … [Read more...]

Agriculture on the Grid Edge: How the California Public Safety Power Shutoffs Broke the Camel’s Back

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For many agricultural and food processing companies in California, operating at the grid edge has become an increasingly risky proposition. To start, the quality and stability of the energy is often poor in agricultural regions. Further, the cost of that energy is unpredictable and continues to see increases. The Public Safety Power Shutoff … [Read more...]

Details on the 14 Massachusetts Community Microgrid Projects that Won Funding

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Massachusetts named 14 community microgrid projects that will each receive grants of $75,000 for microgrid feasibility studies. Here are the project details provided by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, following the February 21 announcement. Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown Application Team: Partners HealthCare, Thompson … [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...]

The Rise of Clean Energy Microgrids & Why They Make Sense

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Interest is rising in clean energy microgrids, especially within healthcare, higher education, government and business. What’s the attraction? All microgrids offer greater electric reliability. But the clean energy microgrid does more. It also reduces carbon emissions and helps organizations reach sustainability goals—an achievement increasingly … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids: Central Pillar of the Local Energy Revolution

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Community microgrids are popping up in cities and towns all over the U.S. as the local energy revolution takes hold. Recent storms and power outages are helping drive this trend, as well. A guide from Microgrid Knowledge, explores the role of the community microgrid and its growing popularity as many city leaders look for more clean, … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids

Community Microgrids

Community microgrids empower local leaders to serve community energy needs in a more economical, reliable, and environmentally friendly manner than the existing centralized electricity grid. A community microgrid can bring together whole-building energy efficiency improvements, clean distributed generation, renewable energy, and smart energy … [Read more...]