The Humble Ways Princeton University’s Microgrid is Green

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Princeton University's microgrid is green--but not in ways that are obvious. Yes, the university has solar--a field of 16,000 solar panels that produce 4.5 MW or 6 percent of the university’s power, says Ted Borer, energy plant manager. Click on the player above to learn more about the humble ways the microgrid is green. Princeton's … [Read more...]

How We Got Here and Why We Need CHP Microgrids

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Princeton University’s Ted Borer offers historical perspective on lighting -- going back to before Thomas Edison -- and explains why CHP microgrids offer so much value to today's electric grid. Electricity is a high grade form of energy. It is clean to use, high energy-density, quiet, and has a vast array of applications. There is a … [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 Growth: How Far, How Fast Since Superstorm Sandy?

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When massive storms hit, we get religion. Superstorm Sandy was that kind of storm. States along the US East Coast emerged from the wreckage two years ago this week with a new devotion to creating a more resilient electric system. Where the central grid failed, microgrids kept the lights on. So government leaders, businesses, and even some … [Read more...]

Will New Hampshire be the Next to Pursue Microgrids in the Northeast?

New Hampshire may soon be charting a course toward electric grid modernization – and microgrids – if it follows the advice in a 10-year energy strategy issued by the state Office of Energy & Planning. The advisory agency recently recommended that the Public Utilities Commission investigate grid modernization, in keeping with similar action … [Read more...]