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. Inspired by microgrids developed in neighboring Vermont, the bill (HP 190/LD 257) is before the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology. The legislation came out of exploration by … [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

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...]