Is this the ‘Non-Weird’ Future of Microgrids? 

Elon Musk, CEO of California-based Tesla, last week told analysts that he wants to get the energy world to a “non-weird future.” Meanwhile, about 2,000 miles away in Minnesota, an international energy gathering offered a glimpse of its own kind of energy future.Musk’s future of microgrids is a place where consumers can easily (and more cheaply) … [Read more...]

Watershed Energy Storage Events Create Microgrid Markets

We're seeing watershed events in the energy storage industry, and they're creating new microgrid markets.That's the word from Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association.Here's just one example of the many watershed events that are creating opportunities for microgrids: PJM recently created a performance capacity … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

NYPA and SUNY to Build a Campus Microgrid at Gym in New Paltz

The New York Power Authority and the State University of New York (SUNY) are partnering to build a $1.37 million campus microgrid to supply power to a gym when the central grid fails.The campus microgrid will power the Elting Gymnasium, which is a designated Red Cross emergency shelter.  The system includes 217-kW of solar, most of which will … [Read more...]

Wife Leaves Husband over Power Outages and other Tales from this Year’s Eaton Blackout Tracker

We know that power outages cost businesses a lot of money, but they apparently can play havoc with relationships too, according to the new Blackout Tracker by Eaton.The annual report again offers a colorful glimpse into the comedy and tragedy that plays out on the power grid when the lights blink out, which happened about 3,571 times last year … [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...]

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...]

US Senate Passes Bill that Supports Grid-Connected and Hybrid Microgrids

A broad energy bill passed this week by the U.S. Senate would boost hybrid microgrids and attempt to remove barriers to grid-connected microgrids within regional transmission organizations (RTOs).The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S. 2012) is the first major energy bill passed by the Senate in almost a decade. It now goes on to … [Read more...]