Connecticut Releases $5.1M for Microgrid Solicitation Winners, Bridgeport and Milford

Connecticut today released $5.1 million from its second microgrid solicitation to fund projects in Bridgeport and Milford. The funding was approved by the state Bond Commission, and will be made available to the projects pending achievement of specified milestones. Governor Dannel Malloy had announced the two winning projects in … [Read more...]

Microgrid Case Study: Illinois Institute of Technology

In this microgrid case study we look at how the Illinois Institute of Technology increased power reliability and saved millions in electrical system upgrades by installing a smart microgrid. Background The Main Campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago was experiencing one to three major outages per year, each costing an … [Read more...]

Are Hawaii’s Microgrids Our Energy Future?

In sunny Hawaii, where electricity rates are high--35 to 50 cents per kWh-it makes a lot of sense to focus on solar-plus-storage microgrids, says Hervé Mazzocco, senior director of business development for Imergy Power, which is now supplying energy storage for an existing microgrid in Hawaii. A look at the microgrids in Hawaii provides a peek … [Read more...]

Research-Heavy UC San Diego Counts on Microgrid for Reliability

John Dilliott, energy and utilities manager at the University of California, San Diego's, says the university learned its lesson after the 2011 southern California blackouts — and turned to a microgrid for reliability at the research-heavy institution. "The southern California region and especially San Diego is known as an energy cul-de-sac," he … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric and FuelCell Energy Win in Connecticut Microgrid RFP

Projects planned by Schneider Electric and FuelCell Energy were among winners of $5.1 million in grants from the second Connecticut microgrid request for proposals. The winning pilot projects are in the cities of Milford and Bridgeport, according to an October 8 announcement by Governor Dannel Malloy. Millford will receive $2.9 mllion and … [Read more...]

So Much Energy Storage Data, So Much to Do With It!

There’s a ton of data available from energy storage units, smart meters, weather forecasters, and other data producers. Ideally, this data can be used to forecast demand and weather, integrate renewable energy, shape customer usage, prevent outages, and cope with outages once they happen. But how can we integrate and analyze all this data to … [Read more...]

Big Question: How Can Microgrids Protect Us from Grid Hackers?

Grid hackers are hard at work trying to takedown the US electric system. The US government and private security firms report both foreign and domestic attempts are growing in frequency In the interest of advancing ‘microgrid knowledge,’ we will periodically pose a big question that’s been on the editors’ minds. Please share your expertise with our … [Read more...]

Asia Pacific Microgrid Investments to Total $30.8B from 2014-2023: Navigant Research

Asia Pacific microgrid investments will total  $30.8 billion from 2014 to 2023, as demand for electrification and renewables grows in the region, according to a second quarter 2014 study by Navigant Research. The report,  “Microgrids in Asia Pacific,” forecasts microgrid capacity growing from 37 MW in 2013 to 597.3 MW in 2023, when annual market … [Read more...]

Microgrid Projects Underground, Overseas and on the Coast

Recent news about microgrid projects, funding and awards…. Bury your microgrid? New York has awarded $3.3 million for research into microgrids and other electric resiliency projects, among them an underground microgrid. The underground microgrid will be at Clarkson University in Potsdam. The state awarded $381,000 for its design, being … [Read more...]

What’s the Dark Side of Microgrids?

Marc Lopata says his job is to uncover the dark side of microgrids. And that's just what the president and principal engineer for Microgrid Solar is doing in a project that combines energy storage and solar energy at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). The project is located at the "Solar Village," which consists … [Read more...]