Who Pays on a Decentralized Grid? New York Tackles the Equity Problem with New Rates

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The New York Public Service Commission recently revamped utility standby and buyback rates to tackle the vexing problem of ratepayer equity in an age of distributed energy. The changes represent the next iteration in the state’s efforts to encourage wider adoption of clean energy while bringing rates more in line with market forces, all part … [Read more...]

When the Reason for Microgrids Comes in a Flash

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Sometimes the reason for microgrids is so obvious it comes like a big blue flash in the sky. Such was the case in late December when Consolidated Edison’s system malfunctioned causing a gas flare that had some New Yorkers looking to the skies and wondering if space aliens had come to Queens. It took an announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to … [Read more...]

Orange & Rockland Issues RFP for 17-MW Microgrid as a Non-wires Alternative in New York

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New York utility Orange & Rockland has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a microgrid of up to 17 MW to serve as a non-wires alternative to a substation upgrade in Orange County. Proposals are due March 7. The Consolidated Edison subsidiary seeks business partners to offer a microgrid that employs solar panels, fuel cells, … [Read more...]

Barrier to Energy Storage in New York?

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New York is crafting one of the most ambitious energy storage targets in the nation, but major barriers could make it difficult to meet the target, according to a recent filing with state regulators by storage developer GI Energy. The affiliate of Shell New Energies US argues that energy storage developers face “massive uncertainty” … [Read more...]

Postcard from the Future: Latest on How States are Preparing the Grid for Electric Vehicles

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A number of states are embracing the electric vehicle revolution, enacting programs intended to boost EV use on our nation’s roads. Most recently, New Jersey, New York and California announced plans to invest in EV infrastructure. As EV-friendly measures continue to be enacted, innovative rate structures and smart charging can cushion the … [Read more...]

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...]

Con Ed Gets Okay on More Non-Wires Alternatives: “What Was New Has Become Normal”

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Not so long ago, mentioning the term non-wires alternatives evoked a “Huh?” But now in New York, non-wires alternatives are becoming standard utility business practice, as evidenced Thursday by an important state Public Service Commission vote. The commission approved an indefinite extension of Consolidated Edison's Brooklyn-Queens Demand … [Read more...]

Clarkson Avenue Microgrid Designed for Brooklyn Medical Corridor

Clarkson Avenue Microgrid

Here we profile the Clarkson Avenue Microgrid project, as part of a series of occasional articles about NY Prize winners, based on their detailed applications to the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). Given the critical nature of their services, hospitals are prime candidates for microgrids. Maintaining a … [Read more...]

A Microgrid to Keep New York City’s Fresh Food Supply Safe

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When the power fails, refrigerators go out too, jeopardizing our fresh food supply. That’s part of the reason a $137 million microgrid has been proposed in the Hunts Point area of New York City. The South Bronx neighborhood is home to a wholesale food cooperative located at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center (FDC), which includes the … [Read more...]

Deloitte: On-site Energy on the Rise with Millennials Leading the Clean Energy Charge & Other Quick Microgrid News

Millennials are increasingly driving electric utilities and businesses to use more clean energy, according to a study from Deloitte. “Resources 2016 Study - Energy Management: Navigating the Headwinds," highlights the increasing influence of millennials aged 21-34, the largest and most dominant consumer group, as a dynamic force behind the shift … [Read more...]