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Energy Storage is an Enabler for Microgrids

ABB's Bob Fesmire explains how energy storage is becoming more refined, and acting as an enabler for microgrids.Most of the time when people talk about microgrids, they talk about reliability (e.g., for a hospital or other critical load) and renewables. When people talk about renewables, they often talk about storage (e.g., to maximize the … [Read more...]

RMI: What it Will Take to Improve Energy Access and Security

Laurie Guevara-Stone, writer/editor for the Rocky Mountain Institute's Solutions Journal, interviews RMI trustee Maria van der Hoeven about energy access and security -- two critical global issues. A member of RMI’s Board of Trustees since October 2015, Maria van der Hoeven has had a long career working on challenging modern energy issues. She … [Read more...]

Using Energy Storage to Improve Public Health in Disadvantaged Communities

Here's another twist on why energy storage is a good thing. It can help clean the air and improve public health. Seth Mullendore of Clean Energy Group explains.Energy storage deployment has been ramping up at a rapid pace across the country, mainly because it can reduce electric bills and cut utility expenses. It is now time to consider another … [Read more...]

A Microgrid Future: We Can See it from Here

Radical decentralization may not be upon us yet.  But microgrids are most certainly advancing. ABB's Bob Fesmire describes regulatory, market and technical changes needed to bring about a microgrid future.Next to distributed energy resources (and also because of them), microgrids have to be one of the hottest topics in the power industry at the … [Read more...]

Clean Energy Communities: NY’s New Program Helps Localities Lead the Way

New York has launched a new Clean Energy Communities program that offers technical guidance and funds to help localities become more sustainable. NRDC's Donna DeCostanzo offers details.New York’s counties, cities, towns and villages now have additional support when it comes to advancing clean energy and combating climate change at home. It … [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...]

PEER as an Incentive for Microgrids

Jeffrey Karp, Morgan Gerard and Van Hilderbrand of Sullivan and Worcester describe the value of PEER, a resiliency certification, and how it can act as an incentive for microgrids in places like Washington, DC.Electricity-grid vulnerabilities were deeply exposed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and its associated storm surge, as a single … [Read more...]

When Solar+Energy Storage Makes Dollars and Sense

S&C Electric's Troy Miller explains how solar+energy storage is generating revenue at a project S&C recently completed in Minster, Ohio.S&C generated media attention recently for its completion of one of Ohio’s largest energy-storage projects, in Minster, Ohio. I’d like to explain why this project is so important.It would be … [Read more...]

Future Microgrids: How New York Can Drive the Electric Vehicle Market

Depictions of future microgrids often include fleets of electric vehicles. What will it take to bring about this future? NRDC's Luke Tonachel and Miles Farmer describe how New York, a microgrid leader, can become an EV leader as well.Through its much-discussed Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) effort to modernize our electric system for the … [Read more...]

22 Potential Microgrid Sites in Boston Could Save $1 Billion

The MIT Lincoln Lab and the Boston Redevelopment Authority uncovered 22 potential microgrid sites in Boston that could save $1 billion. Jacob Solomon of MIT Lincoln Lab describes how they did it.In 2012, New York City sustained $19 billion in damages attributed to Hurricane Sandy. Much of this pricetag went to repairs to the city's energy … [Read more...]