Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: What’s the Best Fuel for Use in a Genset?

From the Microgrid Knowledge guide, Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: The Last Defense Against a Power Outage, this article looks at the pros and cons of the fuels used in reciprocating engines. Electricity costs are determined largely by the price and availability of fuels used in power production. As a result, the power … [Read more...]

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...]

Microgridding the U.S. One State at a Time

Many revolutions in the U.S. electric power industry begin within states, where policymakers drive change to lower electric rates or green energy supply. This is proving true again as the ‘microgridding’ of the U.S. power grid begins. In the last three weeks alone, California, New Jersey and Washington state have issued grants or put forward … [Read more...]

Mount Kisco’s Home Run Community Microgrid

The Town of Mount Kisco, NY has proposed a community microgrid that is the energy equivalent of a home run. It touches all of the critical power bases by: Securing electric supply during power outages Reducing energy costs for its customers Contributing to New York’s clean energy goals with combined heat and power (CHP) and renewables … [Read more...]

Washington State Awards Money for Two Public Utility Microgrids

Another state, this time Washington, is rolling out money for microgrids as part of a larger clean energy effort. Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday announced that five clean energy projects will share $12.6 million in state grants. Two utility microgrids are among the five energy projects. One microgrid will be developed by Seattle City Light and the … [Read more...]

Off-grid Microgrids and Nanogrids on the Rise…Stem Wins with Storage-as-a-service…NY on Standby Charges

Here come the off-grid microgrids and nanogrids Navigant Research forecasts that annual revenue for off-grid power will exceed $25 billion in 2024 as remote areas of the world install microgrids and nanogrids. Nanogrids alone are expected to become a $17.5 billion annual business by 2024, driven by growing need to charge cellphones in the … [Read more...]

What is a Reciprocating Engine Generator?

Everyone knows what solar and wind energy is. But ask, 'What is a reciprocating engine generator?' and most people are stumped. Yet this mainstay technology plays a crucial role in keeping on the lights. We define 'reciprocating engine generator' in this excerpt from the new Microgrid Knowledge guide, Reciprocating Engine Generators and … [Read more...]

Decentralized Energy Receives Less Funding than Utility Projects: Report

Decentralized energy receives less funding than utility-scale projects, indicating a need to rethink policy, says a new report by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). "Unlocking Climate Finance for Decentralised Energy Access" analyzes information from the Climate Funds Update database, which offers information on … [Read more...]

California Awards $1.5M to Plan Advanced Microgrid in Santa Monica

The California Energy Commission last week granted $1.5 million for planning and design of an advanced microgrid in Santa Monica. The funding comes from the state’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, created to bring innovative clean energy ideas to market. Santa Monica won the money from an EPIC competition earlier this year, … [Read more...]

New Jersey to Offer Funds for Community Microgrids

New Jersey has kicked off a plan to incentivize community microgrids with $1 million in funds for feasibility studies. The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is circulating a draft application to be used in the competition. The board seeks stakeholder input on the application by August 30. New Jersey has mapped 24 communities in 17 … [Read more...]