A Microgrid to Keep New York City’s Fresh Food Supply Safe

When the power fails, refrigerators go out too, jeopardizing our fresh food supply. That’s part of the reason a $137 million microgrid has been proposed in the Hunts Point area of New York City.The South Bronx neighborhood is home to a wholesale food cooperative located at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center (FDC), which includes the … [Read more...]

GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market

General Electric yesterday signaled that it is about to become more visible and aggressive in the increasingly competitive microgrid market.“The technology is ready, and we are now ready to scale up,” said Herve Amosse, GE’s general manager for grid automation, siting an increasingly viable business case for microgrids as renewable energy costs … [Read more...]

Alaska Center Seeks New Microgrid Technology…Microgrid Brings Peace & Quiet to Kenya Park…Other Quick News

Funds available in microgrid technology competition The Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies has launched a competition that offers financial and lab assistance for microgrid technology development.The grand prize winner will receive $275,000 to accelerate commercialization and improve operation and efficiency of a microgrid technology. … [Read more...]

National Grid to Test New Utility Microgrid Services

How will utilities make money as more customers generate their own electricity?  That’s one of the big looming industry questions, and one that National Grid is trying to solve by testing new utility microgrid services.The utility plans to try out the services in Potsdam, New York, where it is installing a microgrid with Clarkson University, … [Read more...]

GE Forms New Company in $1B Play for Disruptive Energy Market

GE is making a $1 billion play to offer microgrids, energy efficiency, energy storage, electric vehicles and other disruptive energy technologies to large energy users through a new company called Current.Based in Boston, with offices in Silicon Valley, Current is a first-of-its-kind company that brings a range of efficiency-inducing energy … [Read more...]

GE to Channel $1B into Energy Efficiency, Generation and Storage

GE plans to channel $1 billion into a new type of energy efficiency, generation and storage venture that combines financing with GE’s physical and digital capabilities.The company announced the new business Tuesday at its fourth annual Minds + Machines 2015 in San Francisco, an event focused on the industrial Internet.GE said that the new … [Read more...]

Stem Secures up to $100M to Finance Storage Projects; Expands into New York

Stem, a California company that combines advanced energy storage and real-time data analytics, has secured up to $100 million to finance new projects that feature its technology.The company intends to use the new fund to move into emerging markets like New York, where battery-based storage is increasingly being installed to relieve grid … [Read more...]

DOE Awards $8M for Microgrid Projects in Seven States

Seven microgrid projects will receive more than $8 million in federal funding to help cities and towns better prepare for extreme weather, the Department of Energy announced today.The money will go to projects in Alaska, California, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Tennessee and Washington. The projects are being developed by Alstom Grid, Burr … [Read more...]

International Microgrid News…Africa, the Philippines

Africa’s largest self-sufficient solar microgrid is being developed on an island off Equatorial Guinea in west central Africa by Management & Economics Consulting (MAECI), GE and Princeton Power Systems.The government of Equatorial Guinea has selected the team to install the microgrid on Annobon Province, according to a recent GE news … [Read more...]

Seriously? Light Bulb Politics Again?

If you thought that politicizing the light bulb was over, think again.  Congress included a rider in this week’s $1.1 trillion budget deal that undercuts light bulb standards.The rider would block the Department of Energy from enforcing the standards  – which did not originate with President Barack Obama, as some mistakenly believe, but in fact … [Read more...]