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With Flexibility, Eastern Grid Can Get More than 30 Percent Renewables Online

With increased flexibility, the eastern grid can get more than 30 percent renewables online, and at times, can boost its renewables penetration to up to 60 percent.That's the word from a new report from the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), "The Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study (ERGIS)." To bring … [Read more...]

Healthcare Microgrid Would Preserve Power for 4 Hospitals in the East Bronx

The idea of the East Bronx Healthcare Microgrid was born out of special pressure on the crucial hospital system.During storms and power outages, the four hospitals must remain open not only to serve existing patients, but also those transferred from evacuated hospitals in Manhattan and other New York City boroughs.Further, the medical … [Read more...]

Sen. Cantwell Seeks Help on Grid Modernization from National Academy of Sciences

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell has asked the National Academy of Sciences to assist Congress as it considers federal funding for grid modernization, including microgrids.In a July 15 letter, the Democrat from Washington seeks the academy’s help with legislation now in conference committee that focuses on microgrids, grid storage and distribution … [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...]

DC-linked Microgrid Planned…Wind-Powered Microgrids Aim for Net Zero & More

DC-linked microgrid in Ontario Canadian company ARDA Power and Austria-based Gildemeister energy storage GmbH are collaborating on a DC-linked microgrid in Burlington, Ontario.The DC-linked microgrid will include multiple energy sources (among them solar and gas generation), energy storage, and direct current and alternating current … [Read more...]

New York Interconnection Applications Up; Process Eased for Microgrids, Solar

Following a more than five-fold increase in New York interconnection applications, state regulators recently eased requirements for microgrids, solar and other distributed generation to connect to the grid.The state made the change after interconnection applications increased from 2,000 in 2012 to 11,000 in 2015, further delaying a review … [Read more...]

Campus Microgrid for Community College and a Residential Virtual Power Plant

Students at Santa Fe Community College will soon study energy on their own campus microgrid. As reported by the Microgrid Systems Laboratory, the college is collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Microgrid Systems Laboratory (MSL) to develop a campus microgrid comparable to university microgrid … [Read more...]

Microgrid Financing Times Three, Plus a Lot of Energy Storage News

This was a big week in microgrid financing with three company announcements.First, UGE International secured a $1.83 million (12 million RMB) loan from the Bank of China. UGE will use the money in part to fulfill payment of the cash portion of the UGE's proposed acquisition of large-scale solar energy system provider Endura Energy … [Read more...]

Microgrid Keeps Power Flowing at Remote Ski Resort

Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Conference Center is located on more than 330 acres in scenic Berks County, Pennsylvania. Its out-of-the-way beauty provides an idyllic destination for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, fishing, and boating.The remote setting that makes the resort so attractive also poses tremendous challenges for Bear Creek’s … [Read more...]

How a Small Connecticut Town and its Utility Are Building a Microgrid: Part 1

Microgrid developers do not have the luxury of well-beaten paths to follow; the industry is too new.Thus, developers are hungry for road maps.  And the state of Connecticut is busy creating some of those maps with 11 projects that were awarded more than $23 million in state grants.Connecticut was the first state in the nation to offer such … [Read more...]