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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...]

Microgrid Institute Team to Design Suburban Maryland Microgrids

A team led by Burr Energy (doing business as Microgrid Institute) will design, simulate, and test control systems for two suburban Maryland microgrids under a $1.2 million federal grant. The Microgrid Institute team expects to receive the funds over two years beginning in late 2014 for a microgrid in Olney, part of Montgomery County, and Ritchie … [Read more...]

Industry Insiders _Not_ Surprised that Utilities Like Microgrids

So it turns out that utilities like microgrids, contrary to the notion – almost lore – that they dread them as economic disruptors or technical headaches. In fact, utilities view microgrids as a business opportunity. That was the finding of a recent project that I had the pleasure of working on with the nice folks at Utility Dive, who … [Read more...]

Solar Decathlon Village Powered by Microgrid and Sponsor Support

Since the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2009, a temporary, ground-laid electrical grid (or “microgrid”) has connected Solar Decathlon houses with one another and the local utility. The village microgrid allows excess power generated by the houses’ solar electric systems to be sent back to the larger city utility grid and its customers. … [Read more...]