DOE Announces Grid Modernization R&D Projects, Partners, and Funding

January 19, 2016 by Benjamin Burger

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced it will fund up to $220 million of R&D projects to modernize America’s aging power grid infrastructure over the next three years. Accompanying this, DOE released its ¨Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan¨ (MYPP), a strategic blueprint that informs and guides a national R&D agenda involving a consortium of DOE National Laboratories.[read more]

How New York's Microgrid Prize Is Testing New Energy, Market Relationships

May 16, 2015 by Jeff St. John

New York Microgrid Impacts

Two weeks ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the first five winners of the New York Prize Community Microgrid Competition. The five feasibility study grants of $100,000 apiece are among 30 to be named over the coming months.[read more]

Microgrid at Italian University Generates Savings, Knowledge

August 25, 2014 by Chris King

Microgrid Savings and Research

Autonomy and flexibility can support energy resilience, while also benefitting the power grid. This February, the Savona campus of the University of Genoa, Italy, opened a campus-wide microgrid. It combines both electrical and thermal energy resources, as well as thermal and battery storage.[read more]

Out with the Old Electrical Grid In with the New (Micro) Grid

June 24, 2013 by Sandy Tung

Electrical and Micro Grid

Microgrids are becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Currently an estimated $4.5 billion market in the US, the microgrid market is expected to continue to grow as the world demands ever more electricity usage and the grid struggles to keep up.[read more]

Over 400 Microgrid Projects Underway, En Route to $40 Billion Market

April 4, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Your first thought about microgrids might be that they’re just a small aspect of our energy future. But you’d be wrong. Microgrids are an increasingly important factor in distributed generation, grid reliability, and the green economy.[read more]

Seizing the Microgrid Opportunity

March 23, 2013 by James Greenberger

Although microgrid technology is still largely experimental, the deployment of microgrid systems on the grid is expected to grow dramatically over the next five years.[read more]

Microgrids – Smart Grid Laboratories

February 15, 2010 by Christine Hertzog

Back in September 2009 I blogged about six rules that tell you when you have a Smart Grid.  The third rule is:  You know you have a Smart Grid when the transmission and distribution portions of the grid are optimized for distributed energy generation/storage.  This rule becomes reality when microgrids are ubiquitous....[read more]

Message from “the edge” - SmartGrid and Distribution

October 2, 2009 by Margaret Harding

This is the fourth article in my series regarding SmartGrid and we are finally beginning to get near to direct consumer contact. All of this discussion has potentially significant impacts on electricity consumers, but are parts of the grid that are "behind the green curtain" to most consumers. Distribution is differentiated from...[read more]

Peer-to-peer power through microgrids

April 21, 2009 by Lynne Kiesling

Lynne Kiesling When we think of concepts like peer-to-peer networks and disintermediation, we usually think of industries that are very Internet-centric. But these concepts can, should, and will apply in electric power networks too: smart grid technology enables peer-to-peer power. The study referenced in that BBC article analyzes the...[read more]