NY Prize Stage 1 Awards: Who, Why and What’s it Mean for Community Microgrids

New York showed itself as the nation’s leader in community microgrid development July 8 by awarding funds for an unprecedented 83 projects through its $40 million NY Prize. No other state has made such a vigorous foray into this type of microgrid, which focuses largely on keeping critical facilities up and running in a community when the central … [Read more...]

Can a Utility Code of Conduct Keep Competition Fair in a ‘REV’ World?

It’s a kind of déjà vu all over again in New York as the state tries to work out a utility code of conduct so that distributed energy companies are not shut out by dominant monopolies. The New York Public Service Commission is encouraging market participants to provide input on utility rules for its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), an evolving … [Read more...]

Borrego Springs Microgrid Averts Long Outage During Lightning Strike Repair

San Diego Gas & Electric reported today that the Borrego Springs microgrid averted a major outage for an entire community in late May as the utility repaired damage from a lightning strike. The Borrego Springs microgrid allowed SDG&E to avoid what would have otherwise meant several hours of no power for  2,800 customers. During nine … [Read more...]

A Look Inside the Evolving UC-San Diego Microgrid: Interview

The UC-San Diego microgrid is improving its reliability and overall productivity with the installation of energy storage and other new equipment. William Torre, program director for energy storage at UC-San Diego, Center for Energy Research, describes the updates in an interview with marcus evans. At last year’s edition of this conference, you … [Read more...]

Central Hudson and NRG Energy Propose Complex Microgrids in New York

Central Hudson Gas & Electric wants to test the market for complex microgrids in a project with NRG Energy that may span as many as 50 buildings. The New York utility described the project in a recent filing before the state Public Service Commission. It is one of the seven projects offered by Central Hudson to help the state develop its … [Read more...]

The Shape of Microgrid Financing Begins to Reveal Itself

The shape of microgrid financing is beginning to emerge as pilot projects come on line and the industry mimics successful approaches used by solar firms. FuelCell Energy’s recent sale of a university microgrid to NRG Energy offers a recent example.  The Connecticut-based fuel cell manufacturer sold the 1.4 MW university microgrid to the … [Read more...]

Second State Governor Pushes Microgrid Development in Inaugural Address

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin became the second governor this week to push microgrid development as part of an inaugural speech. The gubernatorial attention underscores the heightened political awareness of microgrids at the state level. Ushering in his third term, Shumlin described a future where electric delivery comes predominantly from … [Read more...]

Yep, Utilities Do Like Microgrids, Especially Public Power Utilities

Utilities do like microgrids, as we’ve said. And now Navigant Research has some data to back it up. A new report by Navigant finds that a small, but growing number of utilities see microgrids as a logical extension of their smart grid investments. This runs contrary to popular thinking that utilities fear microgrids as competition. A survey … [Read more...]

Grid Resiliency Effort Helps Drive Fuel Cell Market: Report

The fuel cell market, pegged at $1.3 billion worldwide, appears to be riding up with the grid resiliency effort in the U.S. A new report, “The Business Case for Fuel Cells 2014: Powering the Bottom Line for Businesses and Communities,” cites growing interest in fuel cells among Fortune 500 companies, utilities and municipalities. Several … [Read more...]

Should New York Be Wary of Utility Monopolies in Distributed Energy?

Should New York let utilities both manage and compete in the distributed energy market  the state is planning? That's one of the big questions the industry is debating in New York's “Reforming the Energy Vision,” or REV. The Department of Public Service last week confirmed its intent to let utilities act as the distributed grid operator in a … [Read more...]