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Con Edison Plans Virtual Power Plant in New York from 300 Homes… And Other Quick News

Consolidated Edison plans to create a virtual power plant in New York, formed from the largest residential distributed energy storage program in the U.S. This summer the utility will invite 300 New York homeowners to participate in the solar plus storage pilot project, which will integrate more than 1.8 MW of solar and some 1.8 MW (4 MWh) of … [Read more...]

A Step Toward the Re-Design of the Grid: California ISO Receives Federal Approval…And Other Quick News

Community microgrid for Ideal Academy Public Charter School (Washington, D.C.) The D.C. Lamond Riggs community is getting smarter -- in more ways than one. Ideal Academy Public Charter School will soon host a community microgrid designed, financed and built by BDG Renewable Energy Development.  The community microgrid will improve reliability … [Read more...]

$2.1 Million Campus Microgrid Addresses Sustainability Goals Outlined by Pope Francis and Other Quick News

Work to Begin on $2.1 Million Campus Microgrid at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota The University of St. Thomas is committed to becoming a carbon neutral campus by 2035. It is also among the Catholic engineering schools from across the country whose deans pledged to drive activity on their campuses … [Read more...]

Microgrid-Ready CHP for U.S. Military Facility in Germany and Other Quick Microgrid News

Microgrid-ready CHP Plant to save energy, taxpayer dollars and improve energy security Siemens and the Defense Logistics Agency - Energy (DLA-E) signed a $24.6 million ESPC contract to install, operate and maintain a microgrid-ready combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the U.S. Army’s Installation Management Command (IMCOM) headquarters in … [Read more...]

Case Study: Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid

As one of 16 U.S. communities designated White House Climate Action Champions, Blue Lake Rancheria, a Native American reservation in Northern California, had already made investments in alternative energy generation sources. The next step was to achieve even greater efficiency by optimizing how those resources are managed and dispatched. Blue … [Read more...]

Microgrid Technology Increases Uptime for Artificial Lift Equipment and Other Quick News

Microgrid Technology Increases Uptime and Production for Artificial Lift Equipment An updated microgrid technology from FlexGen aims to cure the problems that plague artificial lift equipment. (Think: electric submersible pumps, gas lift, and rod pumps). Electrical reliability and power quality problems are all too common and result in high energy … [Read more...]

Green Banks, Green Bonds: Financing Clean Energy Projects – Quick Microgrid News

Green Banks, Green Bonds: Financing Clean Energy Projects in India India is currently Asia’s third largest clean energy market, and is poised to become the largest in the next decade. It also has some ambitious renewable energy and climate goals: to produce 160 GW of power from solar, wind and other renewable energy by 2022. How much might … [Read more...]

Addressing the Soft Costs of Going Solar and Other Quick Microgrid News

SolSmart designation recognizes solar cities, addresses soft costs of going solar The new SolSmart designation program, from the ICMA and The Solar Foundation, will recognize leading solar cities and local governments that "cut the red tape," taking action to foster solar market growth. “The role of local governments in building stronger and … [Read more...]

ABB Shows Microgrid-Like Future with Solar Plane & Other Quick Microgrid News

Microgrid-like future takes flight Solar Impulse, an ABB-backed solar plane, took off from Hawaii this week to demonstrate what a microgrid-like future will look like. The plane is attempting a 40,000-kilometer flight around the world using solar power and battery energy storage. “We had to build an aircraft with an extremely efficient grid: … [Read more...]

Rural Microgrids in India and Global Energy Storage Market News

ABB and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) have agreed to work jointly to design and build rural microgrids. Thousands of Indian villages are still un-electrified; microgrids have the potential to power them, reducing dependence on expensive diesel fuel and the grid. Along with ABB equipment, the rural microgrids will enable homes … [Read more...]