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Ah, Vermont: Beautiful Forests, Maple Syrup, Tesla Powerwall…and Other Quick Microgrid News

Ah, Vermont: beautiful forests, maple syrup... and Tesla Powerwall batteries. Vermont utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) is partnering with Tesla to help its customers generate and store energy a little closer to home, while also reducing peak demand on its grid system. The result will be a more reliable, sustainable and cost-effective system for … [Read more...]

SimpliPhi Power is Ready to Tell its Story…And it’s a Good One

In an age where marketing often trumps substance, the energy storage company SimpliPhi Power seems to have it backwards. The company has spent years getting its battery technology right for the power industry before broadcasting its value to the world. “We’ve really wanted to perfect our technology so that when we were selling product and … [Read more...]

How to Bend the Technology Arc to Bring Resilient Energy to those Most in Need

Today’s drive to develop resilient energy is good for the world. But how quickly will microgrid-like technology arrive for those most in need? That’s a question that’s worried Lew Milford, president and founder of the Clean Energy Group (CEG), an organization for years at the forefront of innovations in renewable energy funding. Milford … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News…Haiti’s First of 80 Microgrids…More on NY Prize…Congress & Microgrids

In this week's quick microgrid news... EarthSpark International, an organization dedicated to ending energy poverty, has completed the first of what it hopes will be 80 microgrids in Haiti. Called the EKo Pwòp microgrid, it is serving 430 homes and businesses in downtown Les Anglais in the South of Haiti. The microgrid operates with a 93 kW … [Read more...]

Cutting-Edge Microgrid Projects Still Popping up in the United States

Peter Asmus, of Navigant Research, profiles two cutting-edge microgrid projects in the U.S.: NJ TransitGrid on the East Coast and the Salem Smart Power Center on the West Coast. The current edition of Navigant Research’s Microgrid Deployment Tracker gives credence to the idea that the Asia Pacific region may emerge as the market leader over the … [Read more...]

How Residential Energy Storage is Morphing into the Home Microgrid

What’s the difference between the traditional microgrid and the new residential energy storage paradigms now gaining traction in the marketplace? Not much, according to Ken Munson, president and CEO of Sunverge, a company offering an integrated energy storage platform that – if it delivers on its promise -- could contribute to a redefinition of … [Read more...]

Are Hawaii’s Microgrids Our Energy Future?

In sunny Hawaii, where electricity rates are high--35 to 50 cents per kWh-it makes a lot of sense to focus on solar-plus-storage microgrids, says Hervé Mazzocco, senior director of business development for Imergy Power, which is now supplying energy storage for an existing microgrid in Hawaii. A look at the microgrids in Hawaii provides a peek … [Read more...]

A Residential Microgrid to Help Meet California’s Net Zero Initiative

With California aiming to ensure all new residential and commercial buildings are net zero by 2020, a new company thinks residential microgrids are the way to achieve the state’s goal. The California initiative comes in the form of updated building codes. Under Title 24, all new residential construction is to be net zero energy by 2020, and new … [Read more...]

How to Make Many Community Microgrids: The Hunters Point Model

If neighborhoods controlled their power supply, chances are many would opt for clean and efficient energy, especially if it’s cost-effective. But energy choices aren’t left to the locals in the United States. Instead, utilities, cities and states determine our mix of power plants. Communities might have more say if they develop their own … [Read more...]

New York Utility Seeks Approval to Offer Microgrid Subscriptions

Central Hudson Gas & Electric is seeking approval to offer microgrid subscriptions, as part of a $46 million rate hike request filed with state regulators July 25. The New York utility would design, build and operate microgrids at the request of customers, who would pay a fee for the service on their utility bills. The fee would be … [Read more...]