What is Government Doing to Spur Microgrid Growth?

What state and federal policies are spurring microgrid growth in the United States? Here's an inventory from our latest Think Microgrid report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid, which examines grid-connected microgrids and companion technologies: combined heat and power (CHP) and district energy (DE). The Obama administration created one of the … [Read more...]

NY Okays Consolidated Edison Microgrid and Other Unconventional Grid Fixes

New York regulators have okayed a Consolidated Edison microgrid plan and other non-traditional resources to solve problems typically fixed by more conventional means. The utility, one of the nation’s largest, needs to ward off a 69-MW shortfall brought on by new electric demand in Brooklyn and Queens. The Public Service Commission called the … [Read more...]

Don’t Wait. Get Going Now on Microgrids and Distributed Energy, say NY Regulators

Yes, the wheels of government turn slowly. But not in New York. Not this time. State regulators called on utilities and other stakeholders late last week to get to work now on microgrids and distributed energy demonstrations, rather than wait for final rules in its Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV process. REV promises to decentralize the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Growth: How Far, How Fast Since Superstorm Sandy?

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...]

Story Update! NYPA Pursues Microgrids; Reinvents Its Mission for the New Grid

NYPA today provided updated information on where it is considering building microgrids. In addition to Riker's Island and Red Hook, mentioned below, the authority is studying use of microgrids at the Stony Brook University Research and Development Park on Long Island and the Empire State Plaza in Albany.  The New York Power Authority  is poised … [Read more...]

New York Shows Itself as Microgrid-ready for Climate Week

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...]

New York Details its Energy Vision (REV)

 Brett Feldman, senior research analyst, Navigant Research, offers the latest on REV -- New York's cutting edge plan to create a functioning market for microgrids and distributed energy. The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has released its latest straw proposal on its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding.  It includes … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Joule Assets: Unearthing Hidden Revenue for Smaller Energy Efficiency Companies

Take heart smaller energy efficiency companies. Good times are coming. That was the positive message from Mike Gordon, CEO of Joule Assets, as his company recently rolled out news of $90 million in financing being offered to 10 US companies with a $270 million pipeline of projects. “The contractors, the technology integrators, technology … [Read more...]