NY Prize Microgrids Show Strong Return; Industry Growth Beats Forecast

Top NY Prize microgrids show promise of a strong internal rate of return (IRR), according to data released at the Microgrid Knowledge conference in New York last week. The New York State Energy & Research Development Authority is conducting an in-depth analysis of feasibility studies submitted in the first stage of the $40 million … [Read more...]

NYPA and SUNY to Build a Campus Microgrid at Gym in New Paltz

The New York Power Authority and the State University of New York (SUNY) are partnering to build a $1.37 million campus microgrid to supply power to a gym when the central grid fails. The campus microgrid will power the Elting Gymnasium, which is a designated Red Cross emergency shelter.  The system includes 217-kW of solar, most of which will … [Read more...]

Willdan Group Positions for Microgrid Growth with Acquisition of Genesys

California-based Willdan Group says that its recent decision to acquire New York-based Genesys Engineering is directly related to the microgrid growth it sees ahead. “We continue to see more activity and funding for microgrid implementation across the country,” said Thomas Brisbin, Willdan president, CEO and director, during an earnings call on … [Read more...]

New York REV to Increase Combined Heat and Power (CHP) by 10%

New York has been a champion of combined heat and power (CHP) for many years. But now the technology -- often found in microgrids -- is getting a new boost under the state's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). REV heightens opportunity for CHP by disrupting the centralized utility model and creating a kind of  market exchange for distributed … [Read more...]

NY Prize Stage 1 Awards: Who, Why and What’s it Mean for Community Microgrids

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New York showed itself as the nation’s leader in community microgrid development July 8 by awarding funds for an unprecedented 83 projects through its $40 million NY Prize. No other state has made such a vigorous foray into this type of microgrid, which focuses largely on keeping critical facilities up and running in a community when the central … [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...]

New York Moves from Vision to Devilish Details on REV Pricing, Microgrids

New York is tackling the devilish details that will determine if Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) lives up to its promise of creating a market platform for microgrids and local energy. Pricing, of course, is everything in energy markets. To that end, public service commission staff are preparing a proposal about who will pay for what on the … [Read more...]

New York Offers $40M to Boost Community Microgrids

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New York is offering $40 million for community microgrids to cut energy costs and boost electric reliability, consumer choice, and energy efficiency. Called the NY Prize, the program has been in the works since January 2014, when it was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. New York follows California, Connecticut and New Jersey in putting money on … [Read more...]

Underground Microgrids: Nothing to See Here Neighbors

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Microgrids are good, underground microgrids are even better, especially in storm-prone regions. Buried wires are spared the destruction -- and outages -- brought by wind, snow and ice, which often topple over-head wires. Underground microgrids also escape the ire of neighbors who increasingly protest against stringed wire, especially in … [Read more...]

Connecticut’s Microgrid Program Receives National Recognition

Connecticut's microgrid program is among this year's winners recognized by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for accelerating and strengthening clean energy tech and markets. CESA highlighted Connecticut for its first-of-a-kind $45 million grant program to help communities improve electric resiliency through microgrid development. The … [Read more...]