Community Microgrids

Here you will find news and features about the growing use of community microgrids.

Nested Microgrid Proposed for Town of New Paltz

Sometimes one microgrid in a single footprint is not enough. Sometimes a community needs a nested microgrid -- several separate microgrids in one -- to take energy reliability to a whole new level.A NY Prize contender, the Town of New Paltz, N.Y. has proposed such a project, a $12 million nodular microgrid to maintain energy supplies for … [Read more...]

Why it Takes Time to Develop Community Microgrids

Community microgrids aren't exactly a pop-up businesses. But what delays their development is also a key appeal – local control of energy.That’s one of the points raised in Black & Veatch’s recent snapshot of the electric industry, the “2016 Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Report.”The report emerged out Black & Veatch’s … [Read more...]

Amtrak Arrives in Microgrid Era Ahead of Schedule

Amtrak is running ahead of schedule. The Washington, D.C.-based national train giant is one of the first transit systems to plan a community microgrid so that it can keep its operations running during power outages.In the aftermath of the 2012 Superstorm Sandy, half of Sunnyside Yard had to rely on portable backup generators for a month due to … [Read more...]

Mount Kisco’s Home Run Community Microgrid

The Town of Mount Kisco, NY has proposed a community microgrid that is the energy equivalent of a home run. It touches all of the critical power bases by:Securing electric supply during power outages Reducing energy costs for its customers Contributing to New York’s clean energy goals with combined heat and power (CHP) and renewables … [Read more...]

New Jersey to Offer Funds for Community Microgrids

New Jersey has kicked off a plan to incentivize community microgrids with $1 million in funds for feasibility studies.The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is circulating a draft application to be used in the competition. The board seeks stakeholder input on the application by August 30.New Jersey has mapped 24 communities in 17 … [Read more...]

Solar is Good. Solar Microgrids are Better

It’s a surprise to many when they learn that their grid-connected solar panels can _not_ keep the lights on during a power outage.This was a lesson the Northeast US learned the hard way during Sandy, the 2012 superstorm that knocked out power to 8 million people. Two weeks or more without electricity, solar panel owners were venting to the … [Read more...]

What Does Constellation’s Deal with ConEd Solutions Mean to its Microgrid Business?

Exelon subsidiary Constellation, a competitive retail supplier that also has a microgrid business, has entered into an agreement to acquire the retail electricity and natural gas customers of ConEdison Solutions.Both companies have been focused for years on the sale of competitive retail supply and energy services. Constellation more recently … [Read more...]

Community Microgrid Project Profile: From Disaster to Opportunity in Freeport, NY

Freeport, a village in New York, hopes to bring greater electric reliability to homes, businesses and critical facilities with a $35 million community microgrid.The Long Island community has proposed the project as part of NY Prize, a state-sponsored competition to encourage microgrid development.The downtown microgrid would serve 106 … [Read more...]

Microgrid Project Profile: Protecting Coastal Communities in Hempstead, NY

The Town of Hempstead, NY wants to build a microgrid project to ensure power supply for emergency services in two coastal communities that are vulnerable to storms.The $2.66 million microgrid would provide back-up generation in case of a utility outage in Point Lookout and Lido Beach. Severe coastal storms tend to knock out power to the … [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...]