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...]

Capstone Sees Business Uptick from Microgrids and CHP

Capstone Turbine has reported an uptick in microturbine orders as a result of new interest in combined heat and power and microgrids in the United States. “Microgrid and power resiliency demand seem to be picking up generally,” said Darren Jamison, president and CEO of the California-based microturbine manufacturer, during an earnings call … [Read more...]

New York Shows Itself as Microgrid-ready for Climate Week

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New York did not disappoint.  The state showed off its green energy cred in a big way this week as hundreds of thousands of climate marchers made their way through Manhattan, and United Nations members convened to talk about greenhouse gas emission goals. With the spotlight on for ‘Climate Week,’ New York produced several pieces of green energy … [Read more...]

Milk, Bread and a Microgrid: What Savvy Whole Foods Has Figured Out Now

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Whole Foods Market has earned its stripes as a trend spotter.  When the grocery store began its national expansion 30 years ago, skeptics doubted that enough consumers would pay a premium for organic food to make the supermarket chain a success. With $13 billion in annual sales last year, and now 388 stores, the food retailer has clearly proved … [Read more...]

Microgrid Projects Underground, Overseas and on the Coast

Recent news about microgrid projects, funding and awards.... Bury your microgrid? New York has awarded $3.3 million for research into microgrids and other electric resiliency projects, among them an underground microgrid. The underground microgrid will be at Clarkson University in Potsdam. The state awarded $381,000 for its design, being … [Read more...]