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Underground Microgrids: Nothing to See Here Neighbors

Microgrids are good, underground microgrids are even better, especially in storm-prone regions.Buried wires are spared the destruction -- and outages -- brought by wind, snow and ice, which often topple over-head wires.Underground microgrids also escape the ire of neighbors who increasingly protest against stringed wire, especially in … [Read more...]

Ontario Microgrids & Smart Energy Get $24M Funding Boost

Ontario continues to show itself as smart energy leader, this time by channeling $23.7 million into 17 projects that promote microgrids, energy storage and other efficient and reliable electric technologies.The province has gained an international reputation in recent years for its aggressive clean energy moves. Among other things, it has … [Read more...]

How Do Efficiency, Storage, Microgrids, DG Fit as ‘Non-Transmission Alternatives’

Efficiency, storage, microgrids, and distributed generation complement, but rarely can replace traditional transmission, says a new study from WIRES conducted by London Economics International.The study was conducted in response to FERC’s requirement in Order No. 1000 that planners take account of “non-transmission alternatives.”Efficiency, … [Read more...]

Boston Wants to Build Microgrids. But What about Utility Franchise Rights?

Contrary to popular thinking,  utility franchise rights aren't a big obstruction to microgrids in Massachusetts.That's the word  from a legal analysis released this week by Harvard Law School  at the request of the City of Boston. The city, which  wants to see more microgrids within its borders, asked Harvard’s Emmett Environmental Law & … [Read more...]

Big Question: How Can Microgrids Protect Us from Grid Hackers?

Grid hackers are hard at work trying to takedown the US electric system. The US government and private security firms report both foreign and domestic attempts are growing in frequency In the interest of advancing ‘microgrid knowledge,’ we will periodically pose a big question that’s been on the editors’ minds. Please share your expertise with our … [Read more...]

NRG and GMP Strike Deal to Remake the Vermont Grid

NRG Energy and Green Mountain Power have teamed up to remake the Vermont grid with microgrids, distributed energy, and products to help consumers manage energy.The companies intend to replace a “creaky old grid infrastructure from the 20th century” with a “21st century energy eco-system,” according to  David Crane, president and CEO of energy … [Read more...]