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A Flying Microgrid Rounds the World on Solar

ABB's President and CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer describes the significance of Solar Impulse, a plane that is essentially a flying microgrid, completing its round-the-world journey using no fossil fuels. The solar-powered plane finished the trip July 23 in Abu Dhabi. Solar Impulse has made history by completing the first flight around the world in a … [Read more...]

PEER as an Incentive for Microgrids

Jeffrey Karp, Morgan Gerard and Van Hilderbrand of Sullivan and Worcester describe the value of PEER, a resiliency certification, and how it can act as an incentive for microgrids in places like Washington, DC. Electricity-grid vulnerabilities were deeply exposed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and its associated storm surge, as a single … [Read more...]

Microgrid Project Profile: Protecting Coastal Communities in Hempstead, NY

The Town of Hempstead, NY wants to build a microgrid project to ensure power supply for emergency services in two coastal communities that are vulnerable to storms. The $2.66 million microgrid would provide back-up generation in case of a utility outage in Point Lookout and Lido Beach. Severe coastal storms tend to knock out power to the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Project Profile: How NY’s Rockville Centre Could Avoid $68M in Transmission Upgrades

The Village of Rockville Centre (RVC), NY has proposed a $14.7 million microgrid to ensure a reliable supply of electricity to first responders, key businesses and a broad base of other customers during regional power outages. RVC says it will be able to defer $50-$68 million in upgrades to existing electric transmission lines if it installs the … [Read more...]

When Solar+Energy Storage Makes Dollars and Sense

S&C Electric's Troy Miller explains how solar+energy storage is generating revenue at a project S&C recently completed in Minster, Ohio. S&C generated media attention recently for its completion of one of Ohio’s largest energy-storage projects, in Minster, Ohio. I’d like to explain why this project is so important. It would be … [Read more...]

Future Microgrids: How New York Can Drive the Electric Vehicle Market

Depictions of future microgrids often include fleets of electric vehicles. What will it take to bring about this future? NRDC's Luke Tonachel and Miles Farmer describe how New York, a microgrid leader, can become an EV leader as well. Through its much-discussed Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) effort to modernize our electric system for the … [Read more...]

22 Potential Microgrid Sites in Boston Could Save $1 Billion

The MIT Lincoln Lab and the Boston Redevelopment Authority uncovered 22 potential microgrid sites in Boston that could save $1 billion. Jacob Solomon of MIT Lincoln Lab describes how they did it. In 2012, New York City sustained $19 billion in damages attributed to Hurricane Sandy. Much of this pricetag went to repairs to the city's energy … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids: Where, Why and How?

In a Q&A interview, Hitachi's Brian Levite describes the emergence of community microgrids. Where can they be found? Why are they good for the economy and at-risk populations? And how can we make more of them? How would you define a microgrid and what are the major features and components? We utilize the Department of Energy’s definition … [Read more...]

Western Australian Utility Leads Switch to Microgrids

Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid describes how a utility leads the switch to microgrids in Western Australia. The shift from traditional centralized fossil fuel power generation to distributed renewable energy powered grids is widely accepted as a foregone conclusion by players in the global energy market. How quickly this will happen, … [Read more...]

First Microgrid in Haiti: The Road to Feminist Electrification

The EarthSpark team spent five years developing their first microgrid in Haiti. Inaugurated in June 2015, it is currently serving 449 homes and businesses with affordable, reliable electricity 24/7. The grid contains 93 kW of PV panels, a 30 kVa generator back up and 410 kWh of battery storage. Learn more about the technical details of the first … [Read more...]