Cornell University

To improve efficiency and reduce emissions, Cornell University replaced coal-fired boilers in 2009 with two 15 MWe Titan 130 gas turbine generator sets for its combined heat and power plant. Previously, the campus in Ithaca, New York, purchased 80 percent of its electricity from the local utility. The duel-fueled turbines now fulfill 80 percent … [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...]

Massachusetts Awards $7M for Community Microgrid & Resiliency Projects

Massachusetts last week awarded $7.4 million for community microgrid and resiliency projects, part of a larger $40 million program aimed at preventing power outages that could jeopardize critical services in towns and cities. Six clean energy projects received the first round of grants from the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative. “This … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Local Generation are the Future: NYPA

The New York Power Authority, the nation’s largest state owned electric utility, has laid out a new strategy to create a “reimagined” electric grid that focuses on microgrids and local generation. NYPA outlined the idea in its recently released  “Strategic Vision 2014-2019.” “What you will see in the pages of our strategic vision is more … [Read more...]

Microgrid Developers: April 30 Deadline for DOE Loan Guarantees

Take note, microgrid developers and others working with efficient fossil fuel generation. The next deadline is April 30 to apply for loan guarantees under an $8 billion federal program. The Department of Energy issued the solicitation late last year for what it calls advanced fossil fuel projects. The DOE is opening the funding to a range of … [Read more...]

Massachusetts to Issue Energy Efficiency RFPs and Seek Microgrid and Grid Resiliency

Massachusetts utilities plan to issue more than 20 energy efficiency requests for proposals this year through a collaboration known as Mass Save. The utilities will seek vendors and suppliers for lighting programs, large commercial & industrial retrofits, whole building assessments, home energy services, rebate strategies, school educational … [Read more...]

Cogeneration Goes Global

Sometimes what’s old becomes new again and cogeneration, which is more than 130 years old, is gathering momentum across the world.  Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source, such as natural gas, biomass, biogas, coal, waste heat, or oil,” reports the … [Read more...]

Fuel Cells: Yes, Maybe, at Last?

Before plug-in hybrids, and virtual power plants, and bikes that charge laptops, there was the fuel cell. The fuel cell was supposed to become the next cool, big thing – many times – over the last 120 years (It was invented in the late 1800s.) Remember how NASA generated excitement about the technology when it started developing hydrogen fuel … [Read more...]

More info on Ontario CHP solicitation coming in February

Expect to see a report by the end of February by the Ontario Power Authority on the design of an upcoming solicitation seeking combined heat and power. Under a provincial directive, the authority intends to seek new CHP projects to serve greenhouse operations, agri-food and district energy installations. Bob Chiarelli, Ontario's energy … [Read more...]