Want to Learn about the Future of Energy? Ask Those Already Living it

A lot of people are wondering where the fast-changing energy industry is heading. But some already are living the future of energy, and they will gather in St. Paul, Minnesota next week to share their experience and insight.About 800 energy leaders from 22 countries are expected to attend “Embracing Change,” the 107th annual conference of the … [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...]

Microgrid Group on REV: Don’t Replace One Utility Monopoly with Another

New York appears to be moving in the direction of making electric utilities into something like an Internet marketplace for energy -- and this may not be a wise move.That’s the word from the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) in written comments filed this week on Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a much-watched strategy to decentralize New … [Read more...]

Microgrids Add Reliability to the Macro-grid

In three easy-to-understand charts, Princeton University's Ted Borer explains how microgrids add reliability and efficiency to the larger electric grid.Microgrids reflect the local community priorities Microgrid operators often choose not to own enough behind-the-meter power generation to meet peak electric demands. Most don’t find it … [Read more...]

Microgrid Alliance Folds into Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid

The Microgrid Alliance (MGA), one of two microgrid advocacy organizations formed last year, has folded into a larger group, the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS).MGA and ADS announced the change Tuesday. They had already had a close connection in that Dan Delurey, CEO of ADS, has also served as MGA’s executive director. MGA … [Read more...]

Events that Shaped the Microgrid Industry in 2014

Here’s a look at events that shaped the microgrid industry in 2014, a pivotal year for the growing sector.The timeline is made up of articles from MicrogridKnowledge.com and EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com. They show microgrids advancing from planning to action; from a prospect to a trending technology.States crafted polices and offered more … [Read more...]

Should New York Be Wary of Utility Monopolies in Distributed Energy?

Should New York let utilities both manage and compete in the distributed energy market  the state is planning?That's one of the big questions the industry is debating in New York's “Reforming the Energy Vision,” or REV.The Department of Public Service last week confirmed its intent to let utilities act as the distributed grid operator in a … [Read more...]

New York Grapples with Utility Monopoly Role in ‘REV’ Distributed Energy Market

Several energy players in New York are questioning the wisdom of letting utilities both manage and compete in a first-of-its-kind distributed energy market the state is planning.The Department of Public Service last week confirmed its intent to let utilities act as the distributed grid operator in a  straw proposal for the market design of … [Read more...]

What about Microgrids to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions?

Where do microgrids fit into the Obama administration’s new plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions? It’s not clear and some are wondering why.“I find the draft regulations to be written in a vacuum, as if the electricity/utility industry were not undergoing fundamental, lasting change.  There is really no mention of this whatsoever,” said Dan … [Read more...]

Microgrid: Did I Just See Energy History Made in Atlanta?

Every once in awhile, after  a lot of humdrum news, something really cool comes along, the kind of thing that can reshape the energy industry. That’s what might have happened last week in Atlanta at the 27th Annual Campus Energy Conference of the International District Energy Association (IDEA).IDEA members formed a lobbying organization for … [Read more...]