Duke Energy Microgrid Tests Game-Changing Communications System

A Duke Energy microgrid test bed is striving to crack one of the biggest challenges facing utilities today: the need to seamlessly integrate distributed resources and allow for real-time communication between the resources and utilities.In North Carolina's Gaston County, at the Mount Holly test bed, Duke is experimenting with 'Open Field … [Read more...]

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...]

Planning Begins on California Microgrid Road Map

State policymakers will begin work this week on a California microgrid road map, an effort to remove barriers to microgrid development.The California Energy Commission will hold a workshop May 24 at 1:30 p.m. (Pacific time) with the Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent System Operator. The session is geared toward … [Read more...]

NY Energy Czar at Microgrid Knowledge Conference: “There are Going to be a Lot More Microgrids.”

Microgrids will play a key role as New York strives to make renewable energy 50 percent of its electric supply by 2030, said New York State’s Energy Czar Richard Kauffman at the Microgrid Knowledge conference yesterday in Manhattan.“The good news is that there are going to be a lot more microgrids. The challenge is that we need your help in … [Read more...]

Remote-Controlled Energy Kiosks & Microgrids in the Congo of Africa

NovoMoto, an award-winning startup, has plans to provide remote-controlled energy kiosks and microgrids in the Congo of Africa, supplying electricity that's 40 to 60 percent lower than the cost of kerosene.The student-led startup from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently won three awards and $90,000 during the Clean Energy Trust … [Read more...]

Harvard Law School Group Pushes Virtual Power Plants in Massachusetts

A Harvard Law School group is urging Massachusetts regulators to test virtual power plants – possibly as part of microgrids – as the state moves to modernize its electric grid.The school’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic raised the idea of utilities demonstrating virtual power plants in comments filed last week before the … [Read more...]

EV Chargers Plus Energy Storage Equals Multiple Benefits

EV chargers plus energy storage are expected to lower demand charges and avoid utility-funded infrastructure upgrades in a pilot program in Hawaii.In the pilot, a partnership among Hawaiian Electric (HECO), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Greenlots, a 50-kW fast charger for EVs is coupled with energy storage at a HECO site that … [Read more...]

In a Big Northwest Earthquake, Microgrids Can Prevent Outages

If a big earthquake strikes the Northwest, as predicted, microgrids can prevent outages, says Rhys Roth, director of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure at Evergreen State College, which has released a report about how the Northwest can create an affordable, resilient and integrated energy system."On the West Coast, … [Read more...]

Boston Identifies Dozens of Potential Microgrid Sites in Major Community Energy Study

Boston has identified dozens of potential microgrid sites that together with other community energy projects could save as much as $1.7 billion, according to a new report issued by the city.The Boston Community Energy Study maps specific locations for three kinds of microgrids: multipurpose microgrids, energy justice microgrids and emergency … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Issues RFI for Community Microgrid Grants

Massachusetts took the first step this week in its community microgrid grant program by seeking microgrid companies willing to partner with towns and cities on projects.Responses are due February 22 to the request for information issued by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.The RFI is a precursor to a request for proposals offering … [Read more...]