‘Optimized Microgrid’ at Algonquin College Achieves Positive ROI

An optimized microgrid at Algonquin College demonstrates how to be a showcase for sustainability and earn a positive return on investment, in this excerpt from our new report “How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced Microgrid Controller.” Algonquin College in Ontario, Canada is modeling how to become … [Read more...]

Community Microgrid Project Profile: From Disaster to Opportunity in Freeport, NY

Freeport, a village in New York, hopes to bring greater electric reliability to homes, businesses and critical facilities with a $35 million community microgrid. The Long Island community has proposed the project as part of NY Prize, a state-sponsored competition to encourage microgrid development. The downtown microgrid would serve 106 … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrids in South Africa Electrify, Boost Economic Development

Accenture Development Partnerships has teamed up with the University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) and The Rural Development Company to develop solar microgrids in South Africa that aim to provide rural electrification and economic development. Accenture is trying to create a sustainable economic model that can be … [Read more...]

GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market

General Electric yesterday signaled that it is about to become more visible and aggressive in the increasingly competitive microgrid market. “The technology is ready, and we are now ready to scale up,” said Herve Amosse, GE’s general manager for grid automation, siting an increasingly viable business case for microgrids as renewable energy costs … [Read more...]

Deal Showcases How to Run Microgrids on Clean Baseload Energy

In a $36 million deal that showcases how to run microgrids on clean baseload energy, Stratean, a developer of a clean gasification system, has acquired CleanSpark, a provider of engineering, software and controls for distributed energy systems. The two companies say the deal will solve a critical challenge facing microgrid developers today: the … [Read more...]

Manufacturers See Growing Use of Sophisticated Microgrids. Urge White House to Speed the Trend

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association says it envisions growing use of sophisticated microgrids and is urging the White House to take action to speed the trend. NEMA described what it sees ahead for microgrids and other modern energy technologies in recent comments on the Quadrennial Energy Review. President Barack Obama initiated … [Read more...]

Inside an Optimized Microgrid: What is the Source of its Value?

Here we lift the lid on an optimized microgrid to see the source of its real value: the advanced microgrid controller. Surprisingly, the controller makes up a relatively small amount of a microgrid's costs, as we discuss in this excerpt from our new report, "How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced … [Read more...]

Miramar, One of Largest Military Microgrid Projects, Readies to Show How It’s Done

Miramar, one of the most-watched U.S. miltary microgrid projects, is getting ready to demonstrate that today's microgrids are about a whole lot more than just back-up power. That was the word from Mick Wasco, installation energy manager at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego, in an interview this week, following announcement … [Read more...]

Is this the ‘Non-Weird’ Future of Microgrids? 

Elon Musk, CEO of California-based Tesla, last week told analysts that he wants to get the energy world to a “non-weird future.” Meanwhile, about 2,000 miles away in Minnesota, an international energy gathering offered a glimpse of its own kind of energy future. Musk’s future of microgrids is a place where consumers can easily (and more cheaply) … [Read more...]

New York City Seeks Developer for District Energy Microgrid

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is seeking proposals for a district energy microgrid for 28 buildings with 6,300 people on 39 acres in Brooklyn. The microgrid will deliver heat, steam and electricity to part of the Red Hook neighborhood, which was pummeled during SuperStorm Sandy and lost eight steam plants. Called the Red Hook … [Read more...]