Post Irma: Will the Southeast become the New Northeast for Microgrids?

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Microgrids are on the rise in the U.S., but not quickly enough for the millions in the Southeast who lost power this week – and continue to have none days later -- following Hurricane Irma. Perhaps most poignant, Irma underscores what loss of electricity means to senior citizens, a potentially life-threatening situation when air conditioning … [Read more...]

Microgrid Islanding: S&C and Ameren Show it Works at Illinois Microgrid

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Ameren's new Illinois microgrid demonstrated that it's able to seamlessly disconnect from the grid and run on renewable energy during a 24-hour microgrid islanding test this month. S&C Electric and Ameren conducted the test at a 1.475 MW microgrid in Champaign that the Midwest utility unveiled in May. Microgrid islanding -- the … [Read more...]

Energy Storage in Smart Microgrids

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As discussion around development of a smart grid has steadily increased, so too has talk about smart microgrids. A critical ingredient for smart microgrids is energy storage. Energy storage can play a major role in facilitating use of renewable energy resources to power microgrids, while also protecting power stability and reliability within the … [Read more...]

More Demand Response in Microgrids following Supreme Court Decision? Maybe, Maybe Not

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With a dark legal cloud lifted from demand response, the resource is likely to find new life on the grid. But what about demand response in microgrids? Demand response – where a utility or grid operator signals customers to reduce energy use and pays them for doing so – overcame a challenge from power generators with a favorable ruling last … [Read more...]

Two Microgrid Leaders Preview the Road Ahead, Ruts and All

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Poised for rapid growth, the microgrid industry looks a lot like solar and independent power in earlier days. Key players are moving into place to capture market share; regulators are trying to sort out their role; utilities are watching. But U.S. microgrids also face some unique twists -- and undeniable ruts in the road. Two microgrid … [Read more...]