Can DC Microgrids be Simpler, Faster, Secure? Sandia, Emera Aim to Find Out

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In alternating current (AC) microgrids, there’s always the need to convert direct current (DC) storage, solar and other elements to AC. But with DC microgrids, all that could change -- and possibly reap simplicity, quickness, and cost savings, said Abraham Ellis, program manager for Sandia National Laboratories' renewable and distributed systems … [Read more...]

U.S. Senate Expected to Take up Microgrid Policy in Early 2016

A grid modernization bill -- one that takes steps toward federal microgrid policy -- is likely to reach the floor of the U.S. Senate early next year, according to Sen. Lisa Murkowski. If passed, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012) will heighten the federal role in supporting microgrids, which has been largely a state endeavor … [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...]

Green Mountain Power Builds Microgrid to Revitalize City

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Green Mountain Power has begun building what is believed to be the US’ first solar microgrid in a brownfield landfill,  part of project to revitalize Rutland City. The Vermont utility is installing 7,700 solar panels that can generate 2 MW, backed up by a 4-MW battery storage system. Called Stafford Hill Solar Farm, the $10 million microgrid … [Read more...]