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Transportable Microgrids for the Military and Other Quick Microgrid News

The National  Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) reports that is researching a transportable microgrid  with the help of other federal labs, the military, Tesla, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratory and Distributed Utility Associates. This transportable microgrid, which includes energy storage, is being designed for use at military bases. The goal is to … [Read more...]

BGE Plans Public Purpose Microgrids Across Central Maryland

Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) has launched a plan to build public purpose microgrids across central Maryland, starting in Howard County and Baltimore. The Exelon subsidiary proposed the microgrids late last week in a filing before the Maryland Public Service Commission. The first two microgrids will supply 2-3 MW and are expected to cost … [Read more...]

The Utility-Microgrid Relationship: Dogs, Cats and a Dichotomy

The utility-microgrid relationship gets scrutinized a lot by microgrid companies. And for good reason. Many have built their business models around partnering with utilities; others compete with utilities for customers. Utilities are the dominant players in the electricity industry, and they have close ties to customers. So what do customers … [Read more...]

U.S. Continues to Lead Global Microgrid Market: Navigant Research

The United States continues to lead the global microgrid market, according to the fourth quarter 2015 Microgrid Deployment Tracker released by Navigant Research. In all, the research firm identified 1,437 microgrids worldwide, totaling 13 GW in 100 countries. Of that, the U.S. leads the microgrid market with 673 projects or 4,800 MW, … [Read more...]

An EV Charger that Forms a Small Household Microgrid?

Can an EV charger multi-task? Researchers at Kettering University in Michigan say they are creating an EV charger that will do far more than give our cars a zap of electricity. Kettering reports that Nelson Wang, co-founder of Carbon Zero Advanced Research (CZAR), has come up with a ‘smart’ charger that he compares to a cellphone. “A long … [Read more...]

Libertarian Group Says Fewer Rules, More Microgrids

Would 'permission-less innovation' spur more microgrids? The Adam Smith Institute believes so. The libertarian think tank raises the idea in its new report, “Power Up: The framework for a new era of UK energy distribution." The report comes as a UK competitive review board takes a closer look at electricity regulation. But the discussion is … [Read more...]

GE Forms New Company in $1B Play for Disruptive Energy Market

GE is making a $1 billion play to offer microgrids, energy efficiency, energy storage, electric vehicles and other disruptive energy technologies to large energy users through a new company called Current. Based in Boston, with offices in Silicon Valley, Current is a first-of-its-kind company that brings a range of efficiency-inducing energy … [Read more...]

Microgrid Jr Comes of Age: The Rise of the Solar Plus Storage Nanogrid

The microgrid may be getting all of the attention, but its smaller knockoff -- the nanogrid -- is starting to capture the spotlight too. What is a nanogrid? Like the microgrid, it is a technology in search of a clear definition. But basically it is a small microgrid, typically serving a single customer or facility. A distributed energy … [Read more...]

The Triple Threat: Community Choice, Microgrids and Community Solar

Local energy is a term in search of a definition. Sometimes it’s a microgrids, sometimes community solar, sometimes a town or city buying its own power. Now in New York, a state exploring disruptive energy’s cutting edge, the three come together under a model being planned by Joule Assets and Good Energy. The partnership wants to help … [Read more...]

The Challenges in Developing a Community Microgrid

Before developing a community microgrid, it's important to engage the right experts and take into account certain market challenges, as detailed in this except from  “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy.” The value of a microgrid lies in its sophisticated ability to … [Read more...]