Military Microgrids Steeply Cut Energy Costs Says New Study

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Military microgrids open the door to steep electricity cost cuts at U.S. bases, and even create free energy in some cases, says a new Pew Charitable Trusts report. “Power Begins at Home: Assured Energy for U.S. Military Bases” describes research into the financial benefits of installing more microgrids at bases nationwide. The Department of … [Read more...]

A Steady Ride Up for the Microgrid Market in 2017?

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For infrastructure companies in the microgrid market, 2016 at times was like a roller coaster ride. Prospects rose with announcements like AEP’s to invest $52 million to build 8-10 utility microgrids as part of the Columbus, Ohio smart city. Lows came with regulatory and legislative defeat of utility microgrids in Illinois and Maryland and a … [Read more...]

What Enel’s Buy of Demand Energy Says about Energy Storage and Microgrids

When a very big international company buys a very small company in an emerging area like energy storage and microgrids, you’ve got to ask, ‘What’s up?’ This week Italian energy giant Enel swooped in to take 100 percent ownership of Demand Energy, an entrepreneurial U.S. energy storage company based in Washington state. Pay attention U.S. … [Read more...]

What’s Next for Energy Storage Policy? Watch Massachusetts

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The bellwether state of Massachusetts often serves as a focal point of energy innovation. Now it has set its sights on energy storage policy. Over the last few months local and national energy players of various ilk – utility, competitive market, microgrid, distributed energy, renewables, environmental and social justice – have honed in on the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Opportunity: What Stands in the Way for 2017?

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Microgrid opportunity grew in 2016 and next year looks even better. But government policy isn’t keeping up with grassroots demand, said Randy Grass vice president at POWER Engineers. Grass, who manages the transmission and distribution (T&D) division for the global consulting engineering firm, described the policy roadblocks during a … [Read more...]

A Community Microgrid that Beats Utility Rates: Bridgeport’s Story

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Microgrids aren’t cheap. At least not yet. But it's possible to design a microgrid that beats utility rates, even at this early stage of the industry. That’s what Bridgeport, Connecticut found out as it cleaved a new path over two years developing a complex community microgrid. A new whitepaper describes the trek. Spoiler alert. Some of the … [Read more...]

New Jersey Votes to Spur Advanced Microgrids for Town Centers

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New Jersey regulators approved several actions this week to promote advanced microgrids, including piloting ‘town center’ projects and establishing new funding and financing. In doing so, New Jersey joins several other states working to craft a way forward for the young microgrid industry, which faces older regulations that fail to contemplate … [Read more...]

Microgrid Survey Finds Siemens to be Best Known Industry Player

Results of a microgrid survey released today by Microgrid Knowledge show Siemens to be the most recognized name in microgrids among 21 companies. The independent survey also found electric reliability to be the biggest reason for installing a microgrid. Financing serves as the biggest hindrance. We conducted the online poll over the spring … [Read more...]

How Unintentional Microgrids Will Create New Opportunity: S&C Electric

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A decision by companies to merge often reveals something about the larger market in which they play. This is true of the recent acquisition of microgrid control company IPERC by S&C Electric, a global specialist in power switching and protection. S&C purchased IPERC (short for Intelligent Power & Energy Research Corporation) in … [Read more...]

Massachusetts to Offer $10-$20M in Energy Storage Grants this Fall

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Massachusetts plans to offer $10-$20 million in energy storage grants this fall, as it positions for a paradigm shift in the economics of electricity. State officials described the upcoming solicitation in a call Friday with the media, with release of a new report, “State of Charge,” which calls for Massachusetts to add 600 MW of energy storage … [Read more...]