California Energy Commission Okays $10M for College and Airport Microgrids

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The California Energy Commission yesterday approved about $10 million in grants, one for a college microgrid in Sonoma County and the second for an airport microgrid in Humboldt County. The commission vote is the final stage in a competitive process underway to distribute about $50 million in microgrid funds to various projects throughout the … [Read more...]

New Microgrid for South Australia, Storage for San Diego, and Off-Grid Electricity for Uganda

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South Australia microgrid to provide secure power for transmission network Australia continues to be a mecca for microgrid projects with another announced today, this one for Electranet, South Australia’s principal transmission network service provider. The microgrid is being installed to ensure stable power supply in an area with … [Read more...]

Software ‘Brings Everything Together’ for New Microgrid Clusters

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What are the software challenges microgrid clusters face?  Michael Carlson, president of Siemens Digital Grid NA, answers that question at Microgrid 2018 in an interview with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief. Microgrids are based on the concepts of reliability, efficiency, and resiliency. But as Siemens’ Michael Carlson pointed … [Read more...]

Microgrid Clustering and the Dilemma of Human Nature

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It won’t happen overnight, but eventually microgrids will interact with each other to achieve greater efficiencies, a concept known as microgrid clustering or grid-of-microgrids. How much and how soon remains to be seen, but clustering is beginning. Commonwealth Edison is the first utility to move forward with a microgrid cluster of … [Read more...]

The Six Elements to Successful Microgrid Deployments

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Brian Baumann, business development manager for microgrids at Siemens Digital Grid, explores the vital elements integral to successful microgrid deployments.  The microgrid market continues to evolve as new systems are developed and new challenges are addressed by distributed generation and advanced … [Read more...]

Microgrid Controllers: What…or Who…is Behind the Curtain?

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Peter Asmus, research director at Navigant Research, explores how microgrid controllers are at the forefront of microgrid industry evolution.  To many, the mystery behind the curtain of what is and what is not a good microgrid controller may feel a little like the Wizard of Oz. Often referred to as … [Read more...]

ComEd Selects Siemens Microgrid Software for Bronzeville Microgrid Cluster

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Commonwealth Edison will use Siemens microgrid software as the platform to manage a microgrid cluster that the Exelon subsidiary plans to develop in Chicago’s South Side. ComEd’s choice of the software marks the first major announcement on the Bronzeville microgrid, since it won approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission February … [Read more...]

Pet Microgrids, Best Microgrids, and Microgrids that Get Your Package There on Time

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Maryland County looks at microgrids to protect pets Montgomery County, Maryland has been ahead of the curve when it comes to microgrids. Now the county is exploring the possibility of installing a microgrid for its animal shelter, perhaps the first in the country. The county is doing so for good reason. Protecting animals often strains … [Read more...]

What are the Typical Questions that Universities and Colleges Have about Campus Microgrids?

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Siemens' Clark Wiedetz and other company experts explore the ins and outs of campus microgrids, as well as answers to some of the most-asked questions from universities and colleges on microgrid development and value.  Together with Christopher Kopach from the Association of Physical Plant … [Read more...]

Siemens Introduces New Microgrid Controller for Smaller Projects

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Siemens Digital Grid this week introduced a new microgrid controller, designed for small scale distributed energy projects, in keeping with the rise of solar plus storage microgrids. The new controller -- the brain of the microgrid -- serves demand for simpler microgrids, often characterized as having fewer generation sources and a smaller … [Read more...]