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...]

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...]

Watershed Energy Storage Events Create Microgrid Markets

We're seeing watershed events in the energy storage industry, and they're creating new microgrid markets.That's the word from Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association.Here's just one example of the many watershed events that are creating opportunities for microgrids: PJM recently created a performance capacity … [Read more...]

From Naval Ships to Space Ships to Reliability Microgrids: The ERock Story

Sea, sky – and some sophisticated energy trading expertise – lies behind the reliability microgrids conceived by Enchanted Rock (ERock).The Texas-based company made a splash last week with news that it has secured financing to install 50 MW of reliability microgrids for grocery stores and other commercial and industrial customers in … [Read more...]

What Does a Microgrid Cost?

When asked, “What does a microgrid cost?” ABB’s Nathan Adams responds, “What does a house cost?” Just as houses span from builder basic to celebrity mansion, microgrids range in size and sophistication.Or as S&C Electric’s David Chiesa puts it: “If you’ve seen one microgrid…you’ve seen one microgrid.”So there is no quick and simple … [Read more...]

Capitalizing on the Wholesale Market with Your Distributed Energy Resources

Wholesale electricity sales can bring year-round sustainable value to distributed energy resources. But how can microgrids capitalize on these markets? Nicholas Buckley and John Sasso of RRT SIGMA Engineering offer a tutorial.The Distributed Energy Resource (DER) is a key component of having an effective and self-sustainable microgrid. Gas … [Read more...]

Why HP Hood Installed a 15-MW Industrial Microgrid: Hint. Milk Sours.

No one likes power outages. But dairy manufacturers really don't like them. And it's easy to see why. If the power goes out for even just a moment, the dairy plant may have to shut down for 6 to 12-hours.How can such a short blip have such a big impact?It comes down to food safety requirements, explained Dennis McNutt, HP Hood utility … [Read more...]

Global Microgrid Market to Reach $35.1B by 2020 and Other Quick Microgrid News

Another report is touting strong growth in the microgrid market.The global microgrid market stood at US $9.8 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach US $35.1 billion by 2020, according to a report from Transparency Market Research: "Microgrid Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2014 - 2020."The … [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...]

A Grid of Microgrids for Washington, DC?

The time has come to unleash full electric competition by creating a grid of microgrids, and the nation’s capital city is a good place to start, according to a new report.DC Public Power (DCPP), an organization pushing for local energy, proposes that the District of Columbia move away from what it describes as today's outmoded utility model and … [Read more...]