Why DOE’s Plan Won’t Create a Resilient Grid. But What Might…

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A funny thing happened on the way to creating a more resilient grid in the United States. Rather than promoting technologies that actually do this – like microgrids – the Department of Energy (DOE) is pushing old-style generators that are part of the problem. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in September asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission … [Read more...]

Want to Learn about the Future of Energy? Ask Those Already Living it

A lot of people are wondering where the fast-changing energy industry is heading. But some already are living the future of energy, and they will gather in St. Paul, Minnesota next week to share their experience and insight. About 800 energy leaders from 22 countries are expected to attend “Embracing Change,” the 107th annual conference of the … [Read more...]

Utility-Owned Microgrids Get Thumbs-Down from Maryland PSC Staff

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Questioning the legality of utility-owned microgrids, regulatory advisors in Maryland on Friday came out against a microgrid pilot plan by Baltimore Gas & Electric. Instead, the staff of the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) called for the commission to launch a larger, generic proceeding on microgrid policy in the state. The staff … [Read more...]

Microgrid Moves: Kotch Exits NY Prize; IDEA Enters Microgrids

Micah Kotch received more than one ovation for a job well done at the Microgrid Knowledge conference last week, after announcing that he will be stepping down as director of NY Prize. Kotch has been the pivotal figure in the emerging microgrid market, shepherding the ambitious $40 million NY Prize through its first stage. The competition has … [Read more...]

Microgrid Group on REV: Don’t Replace One Utility Monopoly with Another

New York appears to be moving in the direction of making electric utilities into something like an Internet marketplace for energy -- and this may not be a wise move. That’s the word from the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) in written comments filed this week on Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a much-watched strategy to decentralize New … [Read more...]

Microgrids Add Reliability to the Macro-grid

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In three easy-to-understand charts, Princeton University's Ted Borer explains how microgrids add reliability and efficiency to the larger electric grid. Microgrids reflect the local community priorities Microgrid operators often choose not to own enough behind-the-meter power generation to meet peak electric demands. Most don’t find it … [Read more...]

Microgrid Alliance Folds into Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid

The Microgrid Alliance (MGA), one of two microgrid advocacy organizations formed last year, has folded into a larger group, the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS). MGA and ADS announced the change Tuesday. They had already had a close connection in that Dan Delurey, CEO of ADS, has also served as MGA’s executive director. MGA … [Read more...]

Should New York Be Wary of Utility Monopolies in Distributed Energy?

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Should New York let utilities both manage and compete in the distributed energy market  the state is planning? That's one of the big questions the industry is debating in New York's “Reforming the Energy Vision,” or REV. The Department of Public Service last week confirmed its intent to let utilities act as the distributed grid operator in a … [Read more...]