Living Lab for Advanced Microgrids in Sonoma…Elon Musk: “Not Some Silly, Hippy Thing”…National EV Charging Coming

California farm creates living lab for advanced microgrids Positioning itself as a living laboratory for advanced microgrids, California’s Stone Edge Farm says it's ready to explore all six of the markets that the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) plans to open to distributed energy.That’s the word from Craig Wooster, manager of … [Read more...]

The Role of the Advanced Microgrid Controller in Microgrid Financing

The advanced microgrid controller is the brain of the system, the software that determines how a microgrid can achieve best economics, and therefore become more bankable. Siemens models how an advanced controller derives value in this excerpt from our report: “How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced … [Read more...]

Maryland Regulators Reject BGE’s Utility Microgrids; Raise Competition Issues

Maryland regulators made clear this week that utility microgrids won’t be a slam dunk in the restructured state.The Public Service Commission rejected a proposal by Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) to construct, operate and recover costs for two public purpose microgrids.In doing so, the commission focused on specific problems it had with … [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...]

Ways Microgrids Derive Value: Location, Location, Location

How microgrids derive value depends on energy prices, wholesale market rules, subsidies and other location-dependent factors, as explained in the following excerpt from our report: “How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced Microgrid Controller."A microgrid uses its software intelligence to … [Read more...]

Alaska Center Seeks New Microgrid Technology…Microgrid Brings Peace & Quiet to Kenya Park…Other Quick News

Funds available in microgrid technology competition The Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies has launched a competition that offers financial and lab assistance for microgrid technology development.The grand prize winner will receive $275,000 to accelerate commercialization and improve operation and efficiency of a microgrid technology. … [Read more...]

Quick News: Texas Microgrid Scores 45-Store Deal…Advanced Microgrid Solutions Wins $200M in Investment Capital

Grocery Store Chain Installs Microgrids to Help Customers During Outages Texas Microgrid has scored a deal to install its natural gas microgrids in 45 stores run by Texas-based H-E-B, one of the nation's largest grocery retailers with more than 370 stores in Texas and Mexico.Announced July 12, the microgrids will help keep electricity flowing … [Read more...]

New York Utility Seeks Bids for Non-Wires Alternatives to Avert Building $11.8M Substation

Rochester Gas and Electric has issued a solicitation for non-wires alternatives to avert construction of an $11.8 million substation.The New York utility seeks distributed energy resources to reduce the peak load on transformer banks at its Station 43 substation.To maintain reliability, the utility needs the resources from 2019-2025. The … [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...]