S&C Electric Completes One of Ohio’s Largest Energy Storage Systems

S&C Electric has completed one of the largest energy storage systems in Ohio, a 7-MW project for the Village of Minster, which will tap into four unique revenue streams to offset costs and earn a return on investment. Built in conjunction with Half Moon Ventures (HMV) and the local municipal utility, the project demonstrates the favorable … [Read more...]

What Does a Microgrid Cost?

When asked, “What does a microgrid cost?” ABB’s Nathan Adams responds, “What does a house cost?” Just as houses span from builder basic to celebrity mansion, microgrids range in size and sophistication. Or as S&C Electric’s David Chiesa puts it: “If you’ve seen one microgrid…you’ve seen one microgrid.” So there is no quick and simple … [Read more...]

‘New York & Beyond’ Microgrid Conference to Feature Top Industry Leaders

Microgrid Knowledge today announced speakers for its May 19 microgrid conference in Manhattan, a roster of top microgrid leaders from some of the largest U.S. utilities and energy technology companies. “New York and Beyond: Advancing Microgrids Nationally with Lessons Learned in New York” is designed to shape and propel the industry based on … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Quickly Becoming a Capital-Deferment Tool

S&C Electric's Mike Edmonds explains how energy storage offers an opportunity for utilities to defer capital expenses. Utilities are deploying a variety of new technologies to improve their bottom lines. Distribution automation, for example, is helping reduce costs through greater efficiency, reduced truck rolls, and other benefits. … [Read more...]

Chicago’s ComEd Sees ‘Public Purpose Microgrids’ as a Sweet Spot for Utilities

As the microgrid industry heats up, players are jostling for market position. For utilities, the sweet spot may be the public purpose microgrid. At least that’s the thinking within Commonwealth Edison, whose parent, Exelon, is among the fastest-moving utilities in the microgrid space. Joseph Svachula, ComEd’s vice president of engineering and … [Read more...]

More Demand Response in Microgrids following Supreme Court Decision? Maybe, Maybe Not

With a dark legal cloud lifted from demand response, the resource is likely to find new life on the grid. But what about demand response in microgrids? Demand response – where a utility or grid operator signals customers to reduce energy use and pays them for doing so – overcame a challenge from power generators with a favorable ruling last … [Read more...]

More Utility Microgrids and Other Predictions for Utilities in 2016

More utility microgrids -- beyond universities and military bases -- are among the 2016 predictions by S&C Electric's Wanda Reder. EPB of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has an interesting story to tell. It has many, in fact. In July 2012, citing just one example, the Chattanooga region experienced one of its largest-ever storms, causing power … [Read more...]

Playing Nice: What the Duke Energy Microgrid Test Bed Teaches

Integrating – not just adding distributed energy resources – is the key to strengthening the new grid. That realization is what led to the Duke Energy microgrid test bed, created with the help of an intriguingly named ‘Coalition of the Willing.’ The impetus for the project goes back to a few years ago, when the utility saw the explosive growth … [Read more...]

ComEd Microgrid Wins Grid Modernization Funding; DOE Boosts Solar, Energy Storage

Another microgrid –  Commonwealth Edison’s Bronzeville project – got a financial boost this week in the rollout of grid modernization funding underway by the U.S. Department of Energy. The DOE allotted $4 million to the innovative ComEd microgrid, which was among six solar and energy storage projects to receive a total of $18 million. The … [Read more...]

Global Microgrid Market to Reach $35.1B by 2020 and Other Quick Microgrid News

Another report is touting strong growth in the microgrid market. The global microgrid market stood at US $9.8 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach US $35.1 billion by 2020, according to a report from Transparency Market Research: "Microgrid Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2014 - 2020." The … [Read more...]