Utilities and Microgrids: It’s Complicated

Not long ago when Schneider Electric’s Mark Feasel would make an appointment to talk to a utility about microgrids, he’d usually get shuffled off to the ‘smart guy’. The smart guy is interesting, but he has no budget and therefore no real influence. Being sent to him signaled the utility’s lack of enthusiasm. But something has changed. For … [Read more...]

US DOE Sees “Enormous” Benefit in Integrating Microgrids Nationwide

The U.S. Department Energy sees “enormous” benefits to fully integrating microgrids into the grid nationwide on multiple levels, a DOE official told a group of energy insiders in Boston Thursday. Dan Ton, a DOE program manager, was the keynote speaker at a microgrid controller symposium, which drew about 150 people to Boston’s District … [Read more...]

Who’s Getting the Attention in the Microgrid Industry?

Since MicrogridKnowledge.com recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, we thought this would be a good time to give you some insight into who – and what’s – capturing reader attention. So here are the top read articles for the last six and 12 months. The Oncor microgrid wins the six-month prize. And for the year, the most read story was … [Read more...]

Two Microgrid Leaders Preview the Road Ahead, Ruts and All

Poised for rapid growth, the microgrid industry looks a lot like solar and independent power in earlier days. Key players are moving into place to capture market share; regulators are trying to sort out their role; utilities are watching. But U.S. microgrids also face some unique twists -- and undeniable ruts in the road. Two microgrid … [Read more...]

SimpliPhi Power is Ready to Tell its Story…And it’s a Good One

In an age where marketing often trumps substance, the energy storage company SimpliPhi Power seems to have it backwards. The company has spent years getting its battery technology right for the power industry before broadcasting its value to the world. “We’ve really wanted to perfect our technology so that when we were selling product and … [Read more...]

Energy Giants Form Low-Carbon Microgrid Group in Advance of UN Climate Talks

Seven major energy companies joined forces in South Africa yesterday to drive low-carbon microgrid development in advance of United Nation climate talks scheduled for December. Formed September 4 in Johannesburg, the microgrid working group includes ABB, Alstom, EDF, Engie (previously GDF Suez), Eskom, First Solar and Schneider Electric. The … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News…PowerStream, KEPCO, UGE, Alpha Energy, Boulder, Wesleyan

Quick Microgrid News for September 3, 2015 Canadian energy company PowerStream broke ground Friday on the construction of the Penetanguishene Microgrid in Ontario, Canada. It will be operated from PowerStream’s System Control Center at the company’s head office in Vaughan with remote accessibility for performance monitoring via the internet by … [Read more...]

Project Profile: Fairfield, Connecticut as An Early Leader in Microgrid Development

The charming coastal town of Fairfield, Connecticut has won accolades as one of the best places to live in America. Its five miles of beach stretching along the Long Island Sound certainly add to its charm – but also put the town at risk when severe storms hit. Crushing waves have flooded streets and even destroyed coastal homes in recent … [Read more...]

Creating a Grid-of-Grids: The Genius behind the NY Prize and its Real End Game

Not everyone sees the NY Prize as a big deal. After all, they say, the end stage of New York’s competition for $40 million is construction of about five community microgrids. That’s not a world-changing number for a technology likely to underlie a coming grid-of-grids – a nationwide interactive network of distributed energy that will … [Read more...]

Ontario Plans Microgrid in Northern Most Community; Will Invest $2.5M

The Ontario government is investing $2.5 million toward what will be the first solar/diesel microgrid in the province’s far north region. The microgrid will be built and operated by the Fort Severn First Nation, and will connect wind and solar to existing diesel generators. The funding comes from a $130 billion, 10-year infrastructure effort … [Read more...]