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Microgrid Moves: Kotch Exits NY Prize; IDEA Enters Microgrids

Micah Kotch received more than one ovation for a job well done at the Microgrid Knowledge conference last week, after announcing that he will be stepping down as director of NY Prize. Kotch has been the pivotal figure in the emerging microgrid market, shepherding the ambitious $40 million NY Prize through its first stage. The competition has … [Read more...]

On Eve of Microgrid Knowledge Conference, Microgrids Gain New Advocacy Clout with Merger

The International District Energy Association (IDEA) and the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) today announced a merger agreement that is expected to help microgrids gain new advocacy clout as the industry positions for growth. The two organizations announced their plans on the eve of a gathering in New York City of microgrid industry leaders, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Group on REV: Don’t Replace One Utility Monopoly with Another

New York appears to be moving in the direction of making electric utilities into something like an Internet marketplace for energy -- and this may not be a wise move. That’s the word from the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) in written comments filed this week on Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a much-watched strategy to decentralize New … [Read more...]

How We Got Here and Why We Need CHP Microgrids

Princeton University’s Ted Borer offers historical perspective on lighting -- going back to before Thomas Edison -- and explains why CHP microgrids offer so much value to today's electric grid. Electricity is a high grade form of energy. It is clean to use, high energy-density, quiet, and has a vast array of applications. There is a … [Read more...]

Advocacy Group Proposes New Market Player: The Microgrid Organizer

The Microgrid Resources Coalition has proposed a new microgrid participant -- the microgrid organizer -- which it hopes will eliminate complexities and confusion in regulating multi-customer microgrids. The advocacy organization described the new entity in recent comments filed with the New York Public Service Commission as it reviews policies … [Read more...]

Microgrids Add Reliability to the Macro-grid

In three easy-to-understand charts, Princeton University's Ted Borer explains how microgrids add reliability and efficiency to the larger electric grid. Microgrids reflect the local community priorities Microgrid operators often choose not to own enough behind-the-meter power generation to meet peak electric demands. Most don’t find it … [Read more...]

Microgrid Policy, Benefits to be Explored This Week at IDEA’s Campus Energy 2015

Microgrid policy will be among topics discussed at a special workshop offered during this week's Campus Energy 2015, held by the International District Energy Association in Denver, Colorado. The February 10 workshop, “Microgrids and Electrical Distribution Systems,” will focus on policy, benefits, industry vocabulary, measurement and metrics, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Alliance Folds into Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid

The Microgrid Alliance (MGA), one of two microgrid advocacy organizations formed last year, has folded into a larger group, the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS). MGA and ADS announced the change Tuesday. They had already had a close connection in that Dan Delurey, CEO of ADS, has also served as MGA’s executive director. MGA … [Read more...]

Events that Shaped the Microgrid Industry in 2014

Here’s a look at events that shaped the microgrid industry in 2014, a pivotal year for the growing sector. The timeline is made up of articles from MicrogridKnowledge.com and EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com. They show microgrids advancing from planning to action; from a prospect to a trending technology. States crafted polices and offered more … [Read more...]

Boston Wants to Build Microgrids. But What about Utility Franchise Rights?

Contrary to popular thinking,  utility franchise rights aren't a big obstruction to microgrids in Massachusetts. That's the word  from a legal analysis released this week by Harvard Law School  at the request of the City of Boston. The city, which  wants to see more microgrids within its borders, asked Harvard’s Emmett Environmental Law & … [Read more...]