News, articles, case studies and information on companies and organizations shaping the future of the microgrid industry.

Gov. Inks Massachusetts Energy Storage Mandate…Does Mickey Need a Microgrid?..Siemens Sees Distributed Energy Future

Massachusetts energy storage mandate a go It's official. Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed into law Massachusetts's energy storage requirement, making it the third state in the nation to mandate energy storage use by utilities. The exact target will be determined by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) H. 4568, a comprehensive energy … [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...]

Avoiding Outages with Hydropower Microgrid…More Renewables in the North American Energy Mix… And Other Quick News

A hydropower microgrid to avoid outages Following its second major outage in three years, the city of Idaho Falls is evaluating a hydroelectric microgrid plan with Idaho National Laboratory (INL). As reported by PostRegister.com, the microgrid would be powered by Idaho Falls' four hydroelectric plants on the Snake River, which can power as … [Read more...]

Integrating Renewable Energy into Microgrids: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies

The business case for microgrids is improving by the day. Microgrids offer tremendous potential to enhance reliability, resilience, and long-term energy security. As microgrid technologies continue to advance and costs decline, business models and regulatory structures are beginning to shift in recognition of the potential benefits these systems … [Read more...]

A Microgrid to Keep New York City’s Fresh Food Supply Safe

When the power fails, refrigerators go out too, jeopardizing our fresh food supply. That’s part of the reason a $137 million microgrid has been proposed in the Hunts Point area of New York City. The South Bronx neighborhood is home to a wholesale food cooperative located at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center (FDC), which includes the … [Read more...]

‘Optimized Microgrid’ at Algonquin College Achieves Positive ROI

An optimized microgrid at Algonquin College demonstrates how to be a showcase for sustainability and earn a positive return on investment, in this excerpt from our new report “How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced Microgrid Controller.” Algonquin College in Ontario, Canada is modeling how to become … [Read more...]

The Hybrid Microgrid Down Under…Lux Research Sees Distruptive Energy Ahead…Other Quick News

Construction will begin in September on a hybrid microgrid in Coober Pedy, a remote town in the Australian outback where conditions are harsh. Two Senvion MM92 turbines will supply wind energy to the hybrid microgrid, which also will use solar and battery storage to help the community reduce its reliance on diesel fuel. The project has … [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...]

A Flying Microgrid Rounds the World on Solar

ABB's President and CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer describes the significance of Solar Impulse, a plane that is essentially a flying microgrid, completing its round-the-world journey using no fossil fuels. The solar-powered plane finished the trip July 23 in Abu Dhabi. Solar Impulse has made history by completing the first flight around the world in a … [Read more...]