Quick Microgrid News…MLP for Microgrids?…LA’s Record-setting Microgrid Building…Latest New Microgrid Controller

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This week's quick microgrid news... Movement is afoot once again in Congress to give renewables and distributed energy a financial advantage afforded to big oil and gas for about three decades -- the ability to form master limited partnerships or MLPs. U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Representatives Ted Poe … [Read more...]

Microgrid Basics for Community Leaders: A Primer on Advanced Microgrids

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What are advanced microgrids, exactly, and why are they becoming so important to the electricity grid? Here is a primer excerpted from MicrogridKnowledge.com's new report, "Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy." Microgrids have received heightened attention in recent … [Read more...]

What Community Microgrids Offer to North American Cities and Towns

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Towns and cities are awakening to the importance of community microgrids; to the value of gaining control over their energy supply, and ensuring that it is clean, efficient and secure. Recent storms and power outages have accelerated the trend, as has the realization among local officials that developing local energy can help … [Read more...]

IDEA2015 to Focus on Microgrids, District Energy and CHP in Cities

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IDEA2015, the International District Energy Association’s 106th annual conference and trade show, will bring global energy leaders to Boston in June to discuss the growing use by cities of microgrids, district energy and combined heat and power. The international forum, to be held June 28-July 1, will explore best practices developing, owning … [Read more...]

What is Government Doing to Spur Microgrid Growth?

What state and federal policies are spurring microgrid growth in the United States? Here's an inventory from our latest Think Microgrid report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid, which examines grid-connected microgrids and companion technologies: combined heat and power (CHP) and district energy (DE). The Obama administration created one of the … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Earn Revenue and Serve the Central Grid

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Grid-connected microgrids earn revenue by selling what are known as 'ancillary services' to the central grid. These services help keep power flowing in a stable fashion. Offering these services makes a microgrid valuable well beyond the buildings it powers. The microgrid becomes an asset to society at large. Read more in the following excerpt from … [Read more...]

The Importance of Heat in the Energy Efficient Microgrid

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The following is an excerpt from new our report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid. It can be difficult for microgrids to compete on cost alone if they provide only electricity.  However, when combined heat and power (CHP) is added to the equation, microgrids become more competitive based on economics alone. Why? Most power generation … [Read more...]

The Speed of Microgrid Market Growth, CHP and District Energy

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Our latest Think Microgrid excerpt looks at microgrid market growth, as well as the numbers for companion technologies, combined heat & power and district energy. Continue reading or download the full report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid Microgrid Market Growth Forecasts call for dramatic growth ahead for microgrids, particularly in North … [Read more...]

Think Microgrid: Why Government Leaders Are on a Serious Quest to Build Microgrids

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The following is an excerpt from our latest Think Microgrid report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid Simple microgrids have existed for more than 100 years, going back to Thomas Edison. Until recently, North American energy planners viewed microgrids as largely niche energy projects, most likely to be found on college campuses, islands or remote … [Read more...]

IDEA Presents “evolvingENERGY” Conference Oct. 28-30 in Toronto

IDEA conference to feature district energy, combined heat & power and community energy resiliency. with focus on Canada The International District Energy Association (IDEA) is bringing together district energy practitioners from across North America for the evolvingENERGY conference in Toronto October 28-30. The event will provide a platform … [Read more...]