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The Humble Ways Princeton University’s Microgrid is Green

Princeton University's microgrid is green--but not in ways that are obvious. Yes, the university has solar--a field of 16,000 solar panels that produce 4.5 MW or 6 percent of the university’s power, says Ted Borer, energy plant manager. Click on the player above to learn more about the humble ways the microgrid is green. Princeton's … [Read more...]

How We Got Here and Why We Need CHP Microgrids

Princeton University’s Ted Borer offers historical perspective on lighting -- going back to before Thomas Edison -- and explains why CHP microgrids offer so much value to today's electric grid. Electricity is a high grade form of energy. It is clean to use, high energy-density, quiet, and has a vast array of applications. There is a … [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 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...]

IDEA Presents “evolvingENERGY” Conference Oct. 28-30 in Toronto

IDEA conference to feature Resilient Microgrids Operation and Maintenance Seminar with Ted Borer of Princeton University The International District Energy Association (IDEA) is bringing together district energy practitioners from across North America for the evolvingENERGY conference in Toronto October 28-30. The event will provide a platform … [Read more...]

Will New Hampshire be the Next to Pursue Microgrids in the Northeast?

New Hampshire may soon be charting a course toward electric grid modernization – and microgrids – if it follows the advice in a 10-year energy strategy issued by the state Office of Energy & Planning. The advisory agency recently recommended that the Public Utilities Commission investigate grid modernization, in keeping with similar action … [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 surveyed … [Read more...]

Princeton University’s Microgrid: How to Partner, Not Part from the Grid

Princeton University's microgrid is now noted worldwide for its resilience and sophistication. The facility more than proved its worth when Superstorm Sandy lashed the eastern United States in October 2012. Over eight million electric customers lost their power. But the university was able to continue to power its essential buildings and … [Read more...]