What Would You Pay for Energy Resiliency?

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If you don’t know the answer, join the club. Energy resiliency – maintaining a secure energy supply even when calamity strikes – is a key reason why many want microgrids in North America. But ssigning a dollar value to energy resiliency remains one of the most perplexing issues facing the microgrid industry today. Power outages cost the U.S. … [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...]

Seeking a Global Blueprint for Microgrids in Greece…and More Quick Microgrid News

Younicos, which is part of a consortium in Greece working on a global blueprint for smart microgrids, says that the Greek Island of Tilos could use renewables for more than 80 percent of its power with battery energy storage. The battery would dramatically cut use -- and therefore cost -- of fossil fuel-based power transmitted to Tilos  from a … [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...]

SimpliPhi Power is Ready to Tell its Story…And it’s a Good One

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In an age where marketing often trumps substance, the energy storage company SimpliPhi Power seems to have it backwards. The company has spent years getting its battery technology right for the power industry before broadcasting its value to the world. “We’ve really wanted to perfect our technology so that when we were selling product and … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News…PowerStream, KEPCO, UGE, Alpha Energy, Boulder, Wesleyan

Quick Microgrid News for September 3, 2015 Canadian energy company PowerStream broke ground Friday on the construction of the Penetanguishene Microgrid in Ontario, Canada. It will be operated from PowerStream’s System Control Center at the company’s head office in Vaughan with remote accessibility for performance monitoring via the internet by … [Read more...]

Demo of Oncor Microgrid at Smart Cities Week; Timing Good for those Exploring NY Prize  

Schneider Electric and S&C Electric made a big splash earlier this year with their work on a first-of-a-kind microgrid, developed for Oncor in Texas. The project is now hitting the road, so to speak, with a demo on display Sept. 15-17 at Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C. The demo, which includes video displays and a direct live feed … [Read more...]

Ontario Plans Microgrid in Northern Most Community; Will Invest $2.5M

The Ontario government is investing $2.5 million toward what will be the first solar/diesel microgrid in the province’s far north region. The microgrid will be built and operated by the Fort Severn First Nation, and will connect wind and solar to existing diesel generators. The funding comes from a $130 billion, 10-year infrastructure effort … [Read more...]

Funding and Financing Community Microgrids

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Financing community microgrids may require piecing together funding from a variety of potential sources. Each project requires a customized approach, and an evaluation of not only costs, but also potential revenue sources. When you first seek out financing for a municipal microgrid, your team should assess your organization’s credit quality, the … [Read more...]

NY Prize Stage 1 Awards: Who, Why and What’s it Mean for Community Microgrids

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New York showed itself as the nation’s leader in community microgrid development July 8 by awarding funds for an unprecedented 83 projects through its $40 million NY Prize. No other state has made such a vigorous foray into this type of microgrid, which focuses largely on keeping critical facilities up and running in a community when the central … [Read more...]