Massachusetts to Issue Community Microgrid Solicitation in First Q 2016

Massachusetts plans to kick-off its own version of the NY Prize by offering $650,000 for community microgrid feasibility studies this quarter. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) will issue a request for information (RFI) first, followed soon after by a request for proposals (RFP) offering the funds, said Galen Nelson, director of … [Read more...]

Connecticut’s Microgrid Program Receives National Recognition

Connecticut's microgrid program is among this year's winners recognized by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for accelerating and strengthening clean energy tech and markets. CESA highlighted Connecticut for its first-of-a-kind $45 million grant program to help communities improve electric resiliency through microgrid development. The … [Read more...]

Microgrid Growth: How Far, How Fast Since Superstorm Sandy?

When massive storms hit, we get religion. Superstorm Sandy was that kind of storm. States along the US East Coast emerged from the wreckage two years ago this week with a new devotion to creating a more resilient electric system. Where the central grid failed, microgrids kept the lights on. So government leaders, businesses, and even some … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Energy Efficiency…or Some Other Animal?

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy does not consider microgrids when it ranks states each year on energy efficiency polices. Microgrids would benefit from being included. State leaders exhibit quite a bit of pride in a high ranking on the scorecard; it’s a good motivational tool to encourage effective energy efficiency policy … [Read more...]

Microgrids, Money and the Utility ‘Death Plunge’

This is the second part of our coverage on microgrids from last week’s Northeast Sustainable Energy Association BuildingEnergy 14 conference in Boston. Read Part I here. If distributed generation is accelerating the utility death spiral – as some say – will microgrids cause a total utility plunge? That’s the question Galen Nelson, director of … [Read more...]

Why Insiders are Bullish on Microgrid

Microgrids are coming to the US, but they face some significant roadblocks. What’s driving the sudden upswing in their development? And what’s getting in the way? A panel of microgrid experts tackled these questions last week at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) BuildingEnergy 14 conference in Boston. Ed Krapels, founder of … [Read more...]