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Calculating Microgrid Return on Investment (ROI): What’s Electric Reliability Worth?

Power outages carry a cost. But exactly how much? Not knowing makes it difficult to calculate microgrid return on investment (ROI), as we explain in “How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced Microgrid Controller.” Below is an excerpt. Return on investment, or ROI, is a common financial metric used … [Read more...]

Is this the ‘Non-Weird’ Future of Microgrids? 

Elon Musk, CEO of California-based Tesla, last week told analysts that he wants to get the energy world to a “non-weird future.” Meanwhile, about 2,000 miles away in Minnesota, an international energy gathering offered a glimpse of its own kind of energy future. Musk’s future of microgrids is a place where consumers can easily (and more cheaply) … [Read more...]

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Microgrid! Solar Impulse 2 Completes US Flight

In a kind of ‘one-giant-leap-for-mankind’ moment, the Solar Impulse 2 landed in New York City Saturday, completing its flight across the U.S. The flying microgrid is on a quest to circle the globe. If it succeeds, Solar Impulse will be the first plane fueled only by the sun to make it 24,855-miles around the world. Landing at JFK Airport at … [Read more...]

Watershed Energy Storage Events Create Microgrid Markets

We're seeing watershed events in the energy storage industry, and they're creating new microgrid markets. That's the word from Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association. Here's just one example of the many watershed events that are creating opportunities for microgrids: PJM recently created a performance capacity … [Read more...]

Utility-Owned Microgrids Get Thumbs-Down from Maryland PSC Staff

Questioning the legality of utility-owned microgrids, regulatory advisors in Maryland on Friday came out against a microgrid pilot plan by Baltimore Gas & Electric. Instead, the staff of the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) called for the commission to launch a larger, generic proceeding on microgrid policy in the state. The staff … [Read more...]

NY Prize Microgrids Show Strong Return; Industry Growth Beats Forecast

Top NY Prize microgrids show promise of a strong internal rate of return (IRR), according to data released at the Microgrid Knowledge conference in New York last week. The New York State Energy & Research Development Authority is conducting an in-depth analysis of feasibility studies submitted in the first stage of the $40 million … [Read more...]

Electrifying Rwanda: An Evening Stop at the Local Mini Grid for a Cold Beer

Rwanda journalist Nsamaza Steven offers an insider's view of how local mini grids or ‘Ekocenters’ are changing rural villages that lack connection to a central electric grid. Ndego, Eastern Rwanda: As the evening closes after sunset, ushering in the darkness over the skies of kabusunzu, a village located in Eastern Rwanda, Safari Africa closes … [Read more...]

‘New York & Beyond’ Microgrid Conference to Feature Top Industry Leaders

Microgrid Knowledge today announced speakers for its May 19 microgrid conference in Manhattan, a roster of top microgrid leaders from some of the largest U.S. utilities and energy technology companies. “New York and Beyond: Advancing Microgrids Nationally with Lessons Learned in New York” is designed to shape and propel the industry based on … [Read more...]

Follow the Microgrids: Grid Transformation and the Exelon/Pepco Merger

If you want to track electric grid transformation, follow the microgrids. That was one of the lessons quietly underscored by the otherwise noisy regulatory review of the Exelon/Pepco utility merger, according to Rachel Gold, a senior associate at the Rocky Mountain Institute. When the $6.8 billion Exelon/Pepco merger closed last month … [Read more...]

What Would You Pay for Energy Resiliency?

If you don’t know the answer, join the club. Energy resiliency – maintaining a secure energy supply even when calamity strikes – is a key reason why many want microgrids in North America. But assigning a dollar value to energy resiliency remains one of the most perplexing issues facing the microgrid industry today. Power outages cost the U.S. … [Read more...]