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...]

Want to Learn about the Future of Energy? Ask Those Already Living it

A lot of people are wondering where the fast-changing energy industry is heading. But some already are living the future of energy, and they will gather in St. Paul, Minnesota next week to share their experience and insight.About 800 energy leaders from 22 countries are expected to attend “Embracing Change,” the 107th annual conference of the … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids? Why Now?

You’re already managing a big facility. Why add responsibility for operating a miniature power grid, too? Edward (Ted) Borer, energy plant manager at Princeton University, explains why microgrids are so important to facility owners who want to save money, reduce emissions and keep the lights on during storms.BY DEFINITIONFirst, let’s agree … [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...]

Combined Heat and Power Microgrids: Ready for a Renaissance?

ABB's Bob Fesmire describes a coming renaissance in combined heat and power microgrids -- one that utilities may find it's better to join than oppose.Most microgrids operating today—the commercial variety at least—began life under a different name, 'combined heat and power' or CHP. This was for the simple reason that a generator, typically a … [Read more...]

Microgrids and the Circular Economy: Is there a Fit?

Discussion about the ‘circular economy’ tends to focus on raw materials, waste and recycling. Less talked about is energy. But that’s starting to change. And it turns out that microgrids and the circular economy are a natural fit.The circular economy refers to using resources in a less linear way.  Typically, we make a product, use it and … [Read more...]

Jamestown, New York Leverages Existing Energy Assets for Community Microgrid

Jamestown, New York, offers a good example of a community microgrid design that begins by incorporating existing energy facilities, a strategy that can decrease project complexity and cost.Rather than building all new infrastructure, the city has proposed a microgrid that will use an existing natural gas-fired power plant and district energy … [Read more...]

Microgrid Basics for Community Leaders: A Primer on Advanced Microgrids

What are advanced microgrids, exactly, and why are they becoming so important to the electricity grid? Here is a primer excerpted from MicrogridKnowledge.com's new report, "Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy."Microgrids have received heightened attention in recent … [Read more...]

How We Got Here and Why We Need CHP Microgrids

Princeton University’s Ted Borer offers historical perspective on lighting -- going back to before Thomas Edison -- and explains why CHP microgrids offer so much value to today's electric grid.Electricity is a high grade form of energy. It is clean to use, high energy-density, quiet, and has a vast array of applications. There is a … [Read more...]