Homes to Sell Renewable Energy to Businesses in Vermont’s First of a Kind Local Energy Marketplace

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The Holy Grail of local energy lies in the ability of customers to sell to one another. LO3 Energy, a leader in the quest, took a big step today with a program that lets homeowners sell renewables directly to businesses served by Vermont utility Green Mountain Power. Called Vermont Green, the pilot project also looks to solve some haunting … [Read more...]

Medford, Massachusett Moves Forward with Microgrid to Reduce Demand Charges, Improve Resiliency

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Medford, Massachusetts is moving forward with a microgrid designed to improve resilience for its public works department and reduce the city’s electric demand charges. The city this week selected solar installer Solect Energy to engineer, procure, install, and service the grid-connected microgrid. The Medford microgrid is being built … [Read more...]

Maine Legislative Committee to Consider Community Microgrids as a “Force for Good”

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A Maine state legislative committee will take up a microgrid bill on Tuesday that would allow communities to develop microgrids in cooperation with utilities. The legislation came out of exploration by an informal citizens energy group with “a vision to use energy as a force for good that improves lives and transforms communities,” said Rep. … [Read more...]

Ah, Vermont: Beautiful Forests, Maple Syrup, Tesla Powerwall…and Other Quick Microgrid News

Ah, Vermont: beautiful forests, maple syrup... and Tesla Powerwall batteries. Vermont utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) is partnering with Tesla to help its customers generate and store energy a little closer to home, while also reducing peak demand on its grid system. The result will be a more reliable, sustainable and cost-effective system for … [Read more...]

Second State Governor Pushes Microgrid Development in Inaugural Address

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Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin became the second governor this week to push microgrid development as part of an inaugural speech. The gubernatorial attention underscores the heightened political awareness of microgrids at the state level. Ushering in his third term, Shumlin described a future where electric delivery comes predominantly from … [Read more...]

Green Mountain Power Builds Microgrid to Revitalize City

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Green Mountain Power has begun building what is believed to be the US’ first solar microgrid in a brownfield landfill,  part of project to revitalize Rutland City. The Vermont utility is installing 7,700 solar panels that can generate 2 MW, backed up by a 4-MW battery storage system. Called Stafford Hill Solar Farm, the $10 million microgrid … [Read more...]