What is it about Humboldt County and Microgrids?

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Take note of the microgrid activity in Humboldt County, California, where this week officials approved plans to seek state funding for an airport microgrid. Should the project come to fruition, it will be the community’s second microgrid. The first is the much-cited Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid, now in operation. Two microgrids might not … [Read more...]

What Do Today’s Microgrid Customers Seek?

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What are today’s microgrid customers seeking? The quick answer is more reliable power. The deeper answer is that they need “optionality,” according to Michael Carlson, president of Siemens Digital Grid US. Carlson, who will be a featured panelist at Microgrid 2017 in Boston next month, sat down recently with Microgrid Knowledge to describe … [Read more...]

Mayors Call for Microgrid Tax Incentives in U.S. Infrastructure Plan

A United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) energy committee has called for microgrid tax incentives to be included in a national infrastructure plan for Congress. Called “The New Bedford Principles,” the proposal was released at the mayors’ summit on smart cities and new energy technologies September 14-15 in New Bedford, Mass. The group … [Read more...]

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...]

Australian Start-up Launches Distributed Energy Exchange

Sophie Vorrath of RenewEconomy describes a new distributed energy exchange by GreenSync that facilitates energy transactions between businesses, households, communities and utilities. Melbourne-based tech start-up GreenSync has officially launched its potentially game-changing trading platform for distributed energy resources – a technology the … [Read more...]

Siemens to Assist Santa Fe Community College with New Microgrid Training Center

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In partnership with Siemens, Santa Fe Community College plans to build a microgrid training center, partially funded through a $351,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). The Building Energy Automation and Microgrid Training Center (BEAMTC) will focus on product development, testing and workforce training. It is … [Read more...]

Lucky Nine for Public Purpose Microgrid in Montclair, New Jersey

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With microgrid technology becoming more robust, and component prices dropping, it's not surprising to see a public purpose microgrid hit the ‘lucky nine.’ Nine-year payback, that is. The Montclair Township microgrid project is the case in point. With microgrid energy savings projected at about $1.2 million annually, the project's payback … [Read more...]

Commercial and Industrial Players: How to Determine if a Microgrid is Right for You

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Clark Wiedetz, microgrid director for Siemens Energy Management, explores how to determine if a microgrid is right for today's commercial and industrial players. C&I market trends The commercial and industrial (C&I) market is evolving into one of the most innovative microgrid segments yet, according … [Read more...]

Two Giants, Siemens and AES, Create ‘Fluence’ to Pursue Global Energy Storage Market

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Siemens and AES have joined forces to create Fluence, a joint venture with an ambitious goal to capture major segments of the energy storage market worldwide. The deal brings together two mega-energy companies. Siemens offers a range of energy services and technology in 160 countries. AES serves 10 million utility customers and operates 30 … [Read more...]

Big Players Spin the Wheel for the $45B Energy Storage Jackpot

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Players in the booming energy storage market are like contestants running the board on "Jeopardy” before solving the puzzle on "Wheel of Fortune.” Investors are taking risks and companies are striking deals in rapid rounds, chasing a big jackpot that is expected to reach $20.5 billion (Navigant Research) to $45 billion (AES) globally by … [Read more...]