Creating a Grid-of-Grids: The Genius behind the NY Prize and its Real End Game

Not everyone sees the NY Prize as a big deal. After all, they say, the end stage of New York’s competition for $40 million is construction of about five community microgrids. That’s not a world-changing number for a technology likely to underlie a coming grid-of-grids – a nationwide interactive network of distributed energy that will … [Read more...]

Buffalo and Geneseo Issue Microgrid RFPs for NY Prize Feasibility Studies

New York towns and cities are continuing to issue microgrid RFPs for help with feasibility studies being funded through the first NY Prize awards. In all, 83 cities and towns were recently awarded $100,000 each for community microgrid feasibility studies in the first phase of the NY Prize, a $40 million contest to encourage community … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS…NY Awards Money to 83 Community Microgrids; Reports Groundswell of Interest in NY Prize

New York today awarded 83 prizes of $100,000 each for community microgrid feasibility studies through the $40 million NY Prize program. The planned community microgrids are located throughout the state but are heavily centered in the demand-heavy southern tier that includes New York City, Long Island and MidHudson Valley. Spurred by … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News…Haiti’s First of 80 Microgrids…More on NY Prize…Congress & Microgrids

In this week's quick microgrid news... EarthSpark International, an organization dedicated to ending energy poverty, has completed the first of what it hopes will be 80 microgrids in Haiti. Called the EKo Pwòp microgrid, it is serving 430 homes and businesses in downtown Les Anglais in the South of Haiti. The microgrid operates with a 93 kW … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News: Minnesota Breaks Stereotype…No Harm from California Microgrid…More NY Prize Wins

In this week's microgrid news... A microgrid being installed at a data center is Minnesota is breaking the stereotype that the Midwest isn't a friendly place for combined heat and power (CHP). That’s the word from Justin Rathke, president of Vergent Power, the Capstone Turbine distributor for the Upper Midwest, New England and Eastern … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News: NY Village Hires Microgrid Team…$250M in Private Equity for Microgrids…Powerhive’s Kenya Win

Sherburne, New York has retained Power Analytics, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Siemens to help with initial development of a community microgrid. The village won a $100,000 grant last month to conduct a microgrid feasibility study through the NY Prize competition. PA, BAH, and Siemens had helped the central New York village prepare its successful … [Read more...]

Did Tesla Really Move the Needle on Microgrids April 30? Or Did New York?

Tesla made a big splash yesterday with its move into the microgrid business. But action the same day by New York is likely to really move the needle on microgrids. New York quietly (as least compared with Tesla) gave out the first $500,000 to kick-start five community microgrids in the state. It was the beginning of a $40 million flow of funds … [Read more...]

More Towns Position for $40M NY Prize to Build Community Microgrids…Brookhaven, Sherburne

It’s pretty clear that the NY Prize, a $40 million community microgrid solicitation, won’t lack for contestants, with two more municipalities now signaling their participation. Although Stage 1 proposals are not due until May 15, the tiny New York village of Sherburne last week submitted its application to the New York State Energy & … [Read more...]

NY County Plans Critical Facilities Microgrid; Seeks Consultant

Bids are due March 30 in a solictiation for a consultant to help Tompkins County, New York build a critical facilities microgrid in the village of Lansing. Like Freeport, N.Y., Tomkins County is soliciting help as it prepares to compete for microgrid funding made available through the $40 million NY Prize. The county, which has a population … [Read more...]

Long Island Village Seeks Microgrid Proposals for NY Prize

Freeport, N.Y., is seeking design and engineering services for a microgrid proposal that will compete in the $40 million NY Prize. The southern Long Island village, part of the town of Hempstead, wants to build a microgrid to help secure power supply should another disaster hit like Superstorm Sandy, which caused prolonged outages and extensive … [Read more...]