Amtrak Arrives in Microgrid Era Ahead of Schedule

Amtrak is running ahead of schedule. The Washington, D.C.-based national train giant is one of the first transit systems to plan a community microgrid so that it can keep its operations running during power outages.In the aftermath of the 2012 Superstorm Sandy, half of Sunnyside Yard had to rely on portable backup generators for a month due to … [Read more...]

Microgrid Startups Eligible for $25,000 NYC Urban Future Lab Prize

New York City’s Urban Future Lab is offering a $25,000 prize for a microgrid startup project or other smart grid solution to a city energy problem.Applications are due August 14. Winners will have chance to pitch their solutions to a jury of investors, market partners, and successful entrepreneurs.The competition also will offer a second … [Read more...]

Retroficiency Finds Large Energy Efficiency Potential in NYC Buildings; National Model Could Avoid New Utility Infrastructure

New analytics out from Retroficiency show that energy efficiency in buildings can bring Consolidated Edison half way to its goal of deferring construction of a 52-MW substation in the Brooklyn/Queens area.The Brooklyn/Queens Demand Management Program has become the focus of industry attention nationwide, as New York pursues an innovative approach … [Read more...]

NY Okays Consolidated Edison Microgrid and Other Unconventional Grid Fixes

New York regulators have okayed a Consolidated Edison microgrid plan and other non-traditional resources to solve problems typically fixed by more conventional means.The utility, one of the nation’s largest, needs to ward off a 69-MW shortfall brought on by new electric demand in Brooklyn and Queens.The Public Service Commission called the … [Read more...]

Don’t Wait. Get Going Now on Microgrids and Distributed Energy, say NY Regulators

Yes, the wheels of government turn slowly. But not in New York. Not this time.State regulators called on utilities and other stakeholders late last week to get to work now on microgrids and distributed energy demonstrations, rather than wait for final rules in its Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV process.REV promises to decentralize the … [Read more...]

Con Edison to Meet the Energy Needs of a Changing City

Push aside your stereotype about Con Edison as a slow moving public utility Goliath, and meet an energy company determined to change how it operates.  Con Ed, which serves the metropolitan New York area, is taking an innovative, cost savings approach to delivering dependable power that offers a glimpse into the future of what I predict all major … [Read more...]

Microgrid Projects Underground, Overseas and on the Coast

Recent news about microgrid projects, funding and awards….Bury your microgrid?New York has awarded $3.3 million for research into microgrids and other electric resiliency projects, among them an underground microgrid.The underground microgrid will be at Clarkson University in Potsdam. The state awarded $381,000 for its design, being … [Read more...]

Demand Management Incentives Offered for Greater New York City

Demand management incentives are now available for buildings in New York City and Weschester County through the New York State Energy & Research Development Authority and Consolidated Edison.Projects must be completed prior to June 1, 2016.The Demand Management Program provides increased amounts of funding (while available) as well as … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency MicroNews: E Source, Con Edison, WegoWise

This week in energy efficiency news…E Source has made available the E Source Energy Efficiency Predictor, which helps utilities predict who’s most likely to participate in their efficiency programs. The program also breaks customers into segments, so that they can prioritize who to target first. EE Predictor’s insights about business customers … [Read more...]

Working in New York? See Consolidated Edison’s New $200 Million Incentive Plan

Consolidated Edison plans to offer $161 million to spur 100 MW of energy efficiency and demand response in greater New York City, according to a recent filing by the utility with New York regulators.The utility, one of the nation’s largest, also intends to make $40 million available for 25 MW of new combined heat and power.The incentives are in … [Read more...]