How a Kid and a Hockey Game Created a Community Microgrid

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It wasn’t a hurricane, blizzard or blackout that gave Todd Wilcox the idea to develop a community microgrid in North Bay, Ontario. Instead, of all things, it was a hockey game. The CEO of North Bay Hydro was watching a game at the local ice rink, an important gathering spot for the small city in northeastern Ontario. He saw a young child … [Read more...]

Analysis: Will the Perry Study Actually Help Microgrids and Energy Storage?

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Microgrids and energy storage improve electric reliability. So it was perplexing to see how little attention they received in a major study on grid reliability issued this week by the U.S. Department of Energy. Businesses, communities and institutions across the country have stepped up installation of microgrids in recent years to ensure power … [Read more...]

S&C Electric Seeks Microgrid Segment Application Manager

S&C Electric, a global provider of equipment and services for electric power systems, has a job opening for a Segment Application Manager to support the application, specification, and sales of its products and services in the microgrid market. The position offers global sales responsibilities. Specifications and requirements for the position … [Read more...]

Microgrids Plus Feeders Equal a Winning Combination

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, S&C Electric’s David Chiesa explains how microgrids and feeders can work together to help reconfigure the grid for bi-directional power flow.  When the grid was established more than a hundred years ago, power providers couldn’t have fathomed the amount of energy we use today. However, while our use … [Read more...]

Schneider’s EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor Selected for Ameren Microgrid

Illinois utility Ameren has selected Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor to manage an advanced microgrid it operates in Champaign, adjacent to the University of Illinois. Schneider’s cloud-based software allows facility managers and microgrid operators to collect data, forecast demand and usage, and automatically optimize the … [Read more...]

S&C Electric’s IPERC Wins Designation for Military Microgrid Controller

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IPERC, a subsidiary of S&C Electric, has again won a significant Department of Defense (D0D) designation for its cybersecure military microgrid controller, this one at the Fort Carson Army Post in Colorado. Known as the DoD Authorization to Operate (ATO), the designation indicates that IPERC's GridMaster microgrid control system has … [Read more...]

Most Read Microgrid Articles & the Trends They Reveal for 2017

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Energy storage, energy storage, energy storage. Its trends, trials and triumphs are being carefully watched by microgrid insiders. That's one takeaway from our list of most read microgrid articles for the first six months of this year. Four of the 10 most read articles headlined the resource. And the Energy Storage Association’s annual event … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Tackles a Big One: Who Pays for Utility Microgrids?

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Pennsylvania is the now the center of a pivotal, national industry debate over who pays for utility microgrids, with the introduction of legislation into the General Assembly that gives utilities a path to recover costs. HB 1412 allows utilities to recover costs within customer rates for microgrids and energy storage projects. Rep. Stephen … [Read more...]

Ameren Microgrid Goes Live as First in Utility Cybersecurity

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The Ameren Microgrid, a complex cybersecure microgrid, is now live and operating adjacent to the University of Illinois in Champaign. Developed by Ameren Illinois, the 1.475 MW test project is being described by the utility and a key partner as one of the most technologically advanced utility-scale microgrids in North America. In addition to … [Read more...]

Why Energy Storage May be Bigger than You Think

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Three decades ago when the Energy Storage Association tried to galvanize support it drew 35 people to the room. Last week, at its annual conference in Denver, there were near 2,000. Sure, they came because battery prices are dropping and energy storage pairs nicely with oh-so-popular solar. But something bigger is afoot here, something the size … [Read more...]