Ontario Seeks CHP; Readies for Energy Storage RFP

The Ontario Power Authority is accepting applications for up to 100 MW of combined heat and power projects, beginning November 3 and running through December 19. Ontario seeks CHP under what is known as its Combined Heat and Power Standard Offer Program 2.0, CHPSOP 2.0.  It will allot contracts for up to 75 MW of CHP for the agricultural industry … [Read more...]

New Report Now Available on the Energy Efficient Microgrid

Here we introduce, The Energy Efficient Microgrid: What Combined Heat & Power and District Energy Bring to the Microgrid Revolution, the latest in our Think Microgrid series. A kind of collective ‘ah ha’ is driving North America toward a more distributed grid, what some call local energy. Businesses, industrial facilities, institutions and … [Read more...]

New York Grapples with Utility Monopoly Role in ‘REV’ Distributed Energy Market

Several energy players in New York are questioning the wisdom of letting utilities both manage and compete in a first-of-its-kind distributed energy market the state is planning. The Department of Public Service last week confirmed its intent to let utilities act as the distributed grid operator in a  straw proposal for the market design of … [Read more...]

Why Electricity Pricing Remains a Mystery…and How that Has to Change

The success of any product depends on getting the pricing right.  That’s not happening with electricity pricing. As a result, we're not getting the most out of  energy efficiency, microgrids, solar, plug-in electric vehicles and other forms of distributed energy. That’s the message of a new report issued August 26 by the Rocky Mountain Institute’s … [Read more...]

Microgrid Projects Underground, Overseas and on the Coast

Recent news about microgrid projects, funding and awards.... Bury your microgrid? New York has awarded $3.3 million for research into microgrids and other electric resiliency projects, among them an underground microgrid. The underground microgrid will be at Clarkson University in Potsdam. The state awarded $381,000 for its design, being … [Read more...]

Industry Insiders _Not_ Surprised that Utilities Like Microgrids

So it turns out that utilities like microgrids, contrary to the notion – almost lore – that they dread them as economic disruptors or technical headaches. In fact, utilities view microgrids as a business opportunity. That was the finding of a recent project that I had the pleasure of working on with the nice folks at Utility Dive, who surveyed … [Read more...]

DOE Seeks Tribal Energy Efficiency Projects; Offers $7M in Grants

The U.S. Department of Energy is offering up to $7 million for tribal energy efficiency, renewables, community energy and similar projects on tribal lands. Issued July 16, the request for proposals seeks projects that reduce reliance on fossil fuel and promote economic development. In particular, the RFP focuses on: Tribal Building Clean Energy … [Read more...]

Princeton University’s Microgrid: How to Partner, Not Part from the Grid

Princeton University's microgrid is now noted worldwide for its resilience and sophistication. The facility more than proved its worth when Superstorm Sandy lashed the eastern United States in October 2012. Over eight million electric customers lost their power. But the university was able to continue to power its essential buildings and … [Read more...]

Of Mice and Microgrids: A Profile of the US’ Largest Microgrid

The University of Texas at Austin houses what is often described as the most integrated and largest microgrid in the US,  a  model for saving energy and money. Built in 1929 as a steam plant, the facility has evolved to provide 100 percent of the power, heat and cooling for a 20-million square-foot campus with 150 buildings. The university is … [Read more...]

Will District Energy Efficiency Focus Attract Businesses in Portland?

With a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Portland State University will build a living lab to evaluate, in real time, the effects of district energy efficiency upgrades in a section of Portland, Ore., and will study whether the upgrades boost economic development. First, the grant will fund a district-wide … [Read more...]