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Microgrid Player Hitachi on the Environment…Siemens and Software…S&C Project Award…ABB’s Microgrid Sails

Microgrid player Hitachi sets long-term environmental strategy Hitachi, a key player in the microgrid market, has set a target to reduce carbon dioxide 80 percent across the company’s value chain as part of a new long-term environmental strategy. Called "Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050,” the plan also calls for a 50 percent improvement … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Community Microgrids: Where, Why and How?

In a Q&A interview, Hitachi's Brian Levite describes the emergence of community microgrids. Where can they be found? Why are they good for the economy and at-risk populations? And how can we make more of them? How would you define a microgrid and what are the major features and components? We utilize the Department of Energy’s definition … [Read more...]

Top 10 Trending Microgrid Articles for First Half of 2016

What's been catching the interest of Microgrid Knowledge readers? First and foremost, they want to know what a microgrid costs. Our interview on the subject with experts from ABB, Hitachi, S&C Electric, and Siemens is the top trending microgrid article for the first six months of 2016. Check out the list below for the ten most read microgrid … [Read more...]

Hitachi Microgrids Part of Expanding North American Energy Play

Japan-based Hitachi today announced expansion of its new energy solutions business in North America, which includes the Hitachi microgrid operation. In addition to microgrids, the technology giant is offering battery energy storage, grid stabilization and other advanced energy initiatives in North America. Hitachi's new energy solutions … [Read more...]

What’s behind Caterpillar’s New Hybrid Microgrid Play? Here’s a Deeper Look

Caterpillar became the latest big infrastructure company to unveil a microgrid play with the recent launch of its hybrid microgrid into the global market. The Cat hybrid technology combines solar, energy storage and fossil fuels and will focus on projects 10 kW to 100 MW. A $47 billion company, Cat intends to leverage its global distribution … [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...]

‘New York & Beyond’ Microgrid Conference to Feature Top Industry Leaders

Microgrid Knowledge today announced speakers for its May 19 microgrid conference in Manhattan, a roster of top microgrid leaders from some of the largest U.S. utilities and energy technology companies. “New York and Beyond: Advancing Microgrids Nationally with Lessons Learned in New York” is designed to shape and propel the industry based on … [Read more...]

What Would You Pay for Energy Resiliency?

If you don’t know the answer, join the club. Energy resiliency – maintaining a secure energy supply even when calamity strikes – is a key reason why many want microgrids in North America. But assigning a dollar value to energy resiliency remains one of the most perplexing issues facing the microgrid industry today. Power outages cost the U.S. … [Read more...]