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...]

Addressing the Soft Costs of Going Solar and Other Quick Microgrid News

SolSmart designation recognizes solar cities, addresses soft costs of going solar The new SolSmart designation program, from the ICMA and The Solar Foundation, will recognize leading solar cities and local governments that "cut the red tape," taking action to foster solar market growth.“The role of local governments in building stronger and … [Read more...]

The Threat of Hackers Disabling the Grid: Not Science Fiction

It’s hard to scan a movie or best-seller’s list without coming upon a dystopian story – or many. Perhaps that’s why we don't appear to take seriously the threat of hackers disabling the grid.We’ve become habituated. That was last week’s episode.But no. As a recent report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security indicates we really do … [Read more...]

China’s First Microgrid, CleanSpark Expansion, Eaton Award

China's first microgrid project has begun operating in Beijing, according to China's People's Daily Online. The first government-funded microgrid, it includes three wind turbines and numerous rooftop solar panels,  located in the high-tech incubator in the Badaling economic zone of Yanqing county. It can work independently from the main grid, … [Read more...]

Eaton Adds Name to Growing List Offering Microgrid Controllers

Eaton became the latest in a growing list of companies offering microgrid controllers, the software smarts that by many definitions make a microgrid a microgrid.The Pittsburgh-based power management company this week unveiled its new microgrid energy system, which it says simplifies development of complex microgrid and energy storage systems. … [Read more...]

Trane and Alstom Pair to Build Wastewater Treatment Plant Microgrid in California

Trane and Alstom Grid have paired to build a wastewater treatment plant microgrid, designed to incorporate renewable energy and create a revenue stream for the City of Santa Rosa, California.The Laguna Wastewater Treatment Plant microgrid will include solar, energy storage, an advanced distributed energy management software system, a microgrid … [Read more...]

The Top Energy Efficiency Stories of 2014

The top energy efficiency stories of 2014 reveal an industry that’s not only growing, but also redefining itself to capture its full worth. This was a year of mega deals, utility soul searching, rising new tech, rising old tech, financing innovation, and policy invigoration.  Here are the top 10 most read stories on EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com for … [Read more...]

African Solar Microgrid to Use Eaton Services and Equipment

Power management company Eaton has won a contract to help build an African solar microgrid in Annobon Province, an island off Equatorial Guinea in West Central Africa.The remote microgrid, which will use batteries for storage, is the largest self-sufficient solar microgrid project in Africa, according to Eaton.Eaton will provide  electrical … [Read more...]

Google and Microgrids: Most Read Articles on EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com

Smart thermostats catch your attention, or at least Nest does. Microgrids interest you too.That's what we learned about you, EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com readers, based on your visits to our site in the first six months of 2014The most read article for the first half of this year was Google and Nest: What the $3.2 Billion Deal Says about Energy … [Read more...]

3,236 Reasons for Microgrids

Microgrids are the talk of the energy industry, and it’s easy to see why after reading Eaton’s recently released annual Blackout Tracker.True, the US electric system is an engineering wonder. Some call it the biggest machine in the world. Still, it experienced 3,236 outages last year, 15 percent more than in 2012. This makes a case for … [Read more...]