Community Microgrids: A Guide City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy,

Community microgrids are central pillars of today’s local energy revolution. Being developed in municipalities large and small, they are a key feature of the new clean and efficient electrical infrastructure that is beginning to transform America’s energy grid into a less centralized and more democratized entity.Mayors and city leaders are … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids of Canada

The Advanced Energy Centre, Carleton Sustainable Energy Research Centre (CSERC), and New Energy Community Inc. convened a seminar and workshop on November 2nd, tasked with examining frameworks for advancing technology, business value, and public policy for clean energy microgrids. The event featured industry and utility leaders, multidis- … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids

Community microgrids empower local leaders to serve community energy needs in a more economical, reliable, and environmentally friendly manner than the existing centralized electricity grid. A community microgrid can bring together whole-building energy efficiency improvements, clean distributed generation, renewable energy, and smart energy … [Read more...]

Renewable Energy and the Smart Grid

As policy makers seek to integrate a serious sociological and environmental issue into renewable energy production, the typical utility is faced with not only technology upgrades, but also dealing with new systemic events that occur far beyond its franchise borders. Adding renewable energy resources into the existing bulk generation power system … [Read more...]

Microgrids for disaster preparation

Whilst recent natural disasters such as the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 caused horrific physical damage and loss of life, they also demonstrated the fragility of today’s electricity systems. Major electricity outages around the world are growing in number and scope, bringing significant costs to local industry and the community. In the case … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy: Microgrids

Application of individual distributed generators can cause as many problems as it may solve. A better way to realize the emerging potential of distributed energy generation is to take a system approach which views generation and associated loads as a subsystem or a microgrid. During disturbances, the generation and corresponding loads can separate … [Read more...]

Minnesota Microgrids

Distributed energy resources (DER) have served Minnesota residents and communities since the earliest days of electricity-powered machines. Indeed, before the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 and electrification efforts in the 1930s and ’40s, such companies as Delco-Light sold gasoline-burning “electric plants” for homes and farms that hadn’t yet … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Microgrids

The study team, DNV KEMA and Peregrine Energy Group, initiated a thorough literature review on microgrid deployment and known challenges and organized four focus groups comprising microgrid developers, microgrid owners, industry experts, distribution company representatives, combined heat and power (CHP) system operators, fuel cell system … [Read more...]

B&V Strategic Directions: Electric Industry Report

We can no longer talk about renewable energy’s slow march on power generation and distribution. Utility leaders across the United States and the world recognize that solar, wind, microgrids and distributed generation are prominent in the new discussion around resource efficiency, and customers are compelling their infrastructure providers toward … [Read more...]

Hybrid Microgrids: Caterpillar

Cost-effective electric power has been a challenge for communities and industrial or commercial installations without access to a strong utility grid. They have had to rely on engine- or turbine-driven generator sets that, while highly reliable, typically produce power at a much higher cost than a large utility.Now a better model is emerging … [Read more...]