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Should Electricity Distribution Utilities Build, Own, and Operate Microgrids For Their Customers?

September 16, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Utilities and Microgrids

Rather than view microgrids as new competitors to traditional electricity distribution utilities, perhaps these local networks of distributed generators, smart electricity loads, and energy storage devices should be seen as a new business opportunity.[read more]

The Reformation Begins: New York Utility Proposes Community Solar, Microgrids-as-a-Service

July 31, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

As the New York Public Service Commission debates a proposal to reform the state's distribution utilities, Central Hudson Gas & Electric is getting out in front of the coming changes. The utility filed a $46 million rate case with the PSC last week, packaged under the title "Value for our Valley."[read more]

Con Ed Looks to Batteries, Microgrids, and Efficiency to Delay $1B Substation Build

July 26, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Consolidated Edison is taking a new approach to delivering reliable power that is as radical as the gentrification sweeping New York’s outer boroughs. Con Ed filed a proposal for a Brooklyn/Queens Demand Management Program, or BQDM, that it hopes can defer the cost of building a $1 billion substation.[read more]

Here's What Utilities Really Think About Microgrids

July 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Microgrids and Utility Opinions

There is just over a gigawatt worth of microgrids scattered throughout the country. While many of those projects have proved their value during major storms or extended outages, they are largely custom-engineered and limited to public facilities like schools, hospitals and military bases.[read more]

Resiliency Through Microgrids; EVs and PV: 'Great Tastes that Taste Great Together'

July 20, 2014 by Lexie Briggs
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Microgrids and Resiliency

 

The electrical grid is an aging beast, cobbled together from disparate pieces to form the infrastructure on which all modern life depends. Sometimes it seems like we are teetering at the edge of disaster, a single storm or terrorist attack away from a devastating outage. Can resiliency save us?[read more]

California Ready to Fund the Next Wave of Microgrids Paired With Renewables and Storage

July 19, 2014 by Jeff St. John

California Grid Funding

Microgrids -- autonomous yet connected islands of energy generation and control -- could be important building blocks of a truly resilient, solar and wind-integrated power grid. Someday. But the vast majority of the microgrids in the U.S. use traditional combined heat and power and fossil-fuel-fired generation.[read more]

End Usage and the Democratization of Energy

July 8, 2014 by Michael Weinhold
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What will be the single biggest change in energy usage over the next 40 years? “I believe this is best described in terms of democratization of energy,” said Dr. Michael Weinhold. “By this I mean that many more people will come to own, or share in the ownership of production, distribution and storage of energy."[read more]

Here's Where Solar, Storage, and Microgrids Are Starting to Take Hold in the US

July 2, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Grid Advancement Locations

The grid edge is all around us. Historically, distributed generation has largely been limited to a handful of progressive states. But as new maps show, solar, storage and microgrid applications are expanding beyond those traditional borders and leaving their imprint on the grid.[read more]

Four Important Lessons From the Borrego Springs Microgrid Pilot

June 17, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

There is a design and configuration practice called “graceful degradation” in telecom circles. It diverts all communications functionality to a limited group of subscribers that have the most critical needs. Microgrids present interesting possibilities to similarly support graceful degradation.[read more]

Charts: The Evolution of US Microgrid Adoption

March 19, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Microgrid Evolution

Microgrids are the most recent topic du jour in grid modernization, but there is far more talk than action about it. Most of the activity today is happening at universities and military installations, but cities are poised to take a larger role in coming years.[read more]

New York Plans $40M in Prizes for Storm-Resilient Microgrids

January 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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New York governor Andrew Cuomo has put $40 million in prize money behind his push to bolster the state’s post-Hurricane Sandy storm resilience with community microgrids. Will that be enough to overcome barriers that have challenged efforts to create microgrids in the Empire State?[read more]

What's In a Word – A Microgrid or a Managed Grid?

December 17, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

College campuses are often identified as excellent candidates for microgrid deployments, and indeed, many have had them for years, without calling them microgrids. They had local generation for thermal loads, and as costs have dropped, significant installations of onsite solar PV.[read more]

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Will the World's Emerging Economies Shape the Future of the Electric Grid?

October 10, 2013 by Steven Collier
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Talk about “the future of the electric grid” has been focused on developed nations, where discussion of “smart grids” and advanced power systems are commonplace. That focus may be misplaced; the big markets driving the modern grid may emerge in the world’s developing economies.[read more]

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Energy Debate Redux: Will the Grid of the Future Run on DC Power?

June 13, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins
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POWER!

Do you have a solar system at the home? An electric car in your drive way? Smart phones, tablets, game consoles and other electronics proliferating in your home?[read more]

DC Power Microgrids: Self-Sufficiency for Utility Customers

June 6, 2013 by Steven Collier
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Customers foot the bill for grid outages anyway, both theirs and their utility’s. Why not invest some of that money on some measure of self-sufficiency?[read more]