Microgrid-Ready CHP for U.S. Military Facility in Germany and Other Quick Microgrid News

Microgrid-ready CHP Plant to save energy, taxpayer dollars and improve energy security Siemens and the Defense Logistics Agency - Energy (DLA-E) signed a $24.6 million ESPC contract to install, operate and maintain a microgrid-ready combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the U.S. Army’s Installation Management Command (IMCOM) headquarters in … [Read more...]

Lions, Pizza & the Energy Internet of Things

Back in the old days, the electric grid was pretty straight-forward.  Power plants generated electricity and sent it over wires to homes and businesses. Then came the energy internet of things.The things -- such as solar panels, learning thermostats, electric vehicles, energy storage and even human idiosyncrasy – add tremendous … [Read more...]

NRG EVgo Pushes the Envelope on Microgrids and Electric Vehicles…and More Microgrid News

NRG’s EVgo and the University of California, San Diego are pushing the envelope on use of microgrids and electric vehicles.The pair recently announced an agreement which has EVgo leading two projects at the university, known for its flagship microgrid.In the first project, EVgo is assessing how owners of electric vehicle DC charging sites … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency MicroNews: ThinkEco and Friedrich, AutoGrid, Global Energy Efficiency Holdings, Metrus Energy, EaglePicher Technologies, WattJoule, Comverge

This week in energy efficiency news…ThinkEco and Friedrich have partnered to help utilities bring new customers into demand-side management programs. Beginning in summer 2014, utilities will be able to use ThinkEco’s platform and turnkey demand response services to incorporate connected Friedrich Kühlair conditioners directly into DR programs.  … [Read more...]

The Home as a Virtual Power Plant: In Crunch Time Who Can Utilities Count On?

A single home as a virtual power plant isn’t impressive. But aggregate households together – especially in the right combination – and utilities have a sizeable demand response resource when real power plants fall short.That’s the thinking behind a partnership recently announced between industry giant Schneider Electric and up-and-comer AutoGrid … [Read more...]

You Are Cordially Invited to a Texas Demand Response Party. BYOT.

We’ve all been invited to BYOB parties, but how about bring-your-own-thermostat? That’s one way to describe an unusual demand response program Austin Energy is testing for homeowners.It’s what Austin Energy refers to as a “retail up” program, one where the utility does not install smart devices in the home, but finds and uses those that the … [Read more...]