Exelon’s Next Big Stride: Connecticut Fuel Cell Microgrid

Exelon this week continued its vigorous push into the microgrid market, this time in Connecticut where it began construction of a fuel cell microgrid.The project is being developed by Exelon’s competitive subsidiary Constellation in partnership with fuel cell manufacturer Bloom Energy and the city of Hartford.The partners are constructing … [Read more...]

Connecticut Seeks Small-Scale Clean Energy; FuelCell Energy to Bid

Connecticut, an early leader in microgrids, is seeking proposals for small-scale clean energy projects, part of a larger effort to identify the best configuration of energy – large and small – for the state.The state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) issued a request for proposals (RFP) March 9 for projects that offer … [Read more...]

Connecticut Utility Finalizes Innovative Community Microgrid Deal

Community microgrids are not always easy to finance. But United Illuminating (UI), FuelCell Energy and the town of Woodbridge, Connecticut are showing how some innovative thinking can get it done.UI, one of two investor-owned utilities in Connecticut, finalized an agreement today with the town on a 2.2 MW fuel cell microgrid.The deal came … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News…Making Money on Home Demand Response…Fuel Cell Deals…Opower’s Latest Update

A tariff change at the PJM Interconnection will create a new way for residential demand response to earn revenue in the wholesale market, effective this week.The change means that residential demand response resources can now participate in PJM’s synchronized reserve market.Demand response company Comverge helped win the change by providing … [Read more...]

The Shape of Microgrid Financing Begins to Reveal Itself

The shape of microgrid financing is beginning to emerge as pilot projects come on line and the industry mimics successful approaches used by solar firms.FuelCell Energy’s recent sale of a university microgrid to NRG Energy offers a recent example.  The Connecticut-based fuel cell manufacturer sold the 1.4 MW university microgrid to the … [Read more...]

Grid Resiliency Effort Helps Drive Fuel Cell Market: Report

The fuel cell market, pegged at $1.3 billion worldwide, appears to be riding up with the grid resiliency effort in the U.S.A new report, “The Business Case for Fuel Cells 2014: Powering the Bottom Line for Businesses and Communities,” cites growing interest in fuel cells among Fortune 500 companies, utilities and municipalities.Several … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency MicroNews: National Aquarium, FuelCell Energy, Energy Technology Savings

This week in energy efficiency micronews…The National Aquarium is teaming up with Constellation to support environmental conservation efforts in Baltimore and throughout the Chesapeake Bay. The aquarium will implement $3.7 million in energy and water conservation measures through a 15-year energy performance contract with Constellation. Under the … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency MicroNews: EnerNOC, AES Energy Storage, FuelCell Energy

This week in energy efficiency MicroNews…Manhattan Center Studios has contracted with EnerNOC to deploy a suite of energy management software and professional services, including DemandSMART demand response software, EfficiencySMART software and services that deliver continuous energy savings, and SupplySMART, an intelligent energy procurement … [Read more...]

Fuel Cells: Yes, Maybe, at Last?

Before plug-in hybrids, and virtual power plants, and bikes that charge laptops, there was the fuel cell.The fuel cell was supposed to become the next cool, big thing – many times – over the last 120 years (It was invented in the late 1800s.)Remember how NASA generated excitement about the technology when it started developing hydrogen fuel … [Read more...]