Regulatory Issues and Legislation

Maryland: Despite Setbacks, Maryland Powers Through with Microgrids and Clean Energy Jobs

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Last week, the Maryland legislature passed the Clean Energy Jobs act, overriding a veto last year by Governor Larry Hogan. Also in 2016, the state’s Public Service Commission made news when it rejected utility microgrids. In positive microgrid news, last week’s jobs bill passage comes alongside the announcement of two advanced Maryland microgrids announced by the state’s Montgomery County. The just-passed act increases the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 25% by 2020 — […]

IKEA Speeds Energy Independence Plan, Democrats Include Microgrids in $1 Trillion Plan, and More News — February 1, 2017

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BBC lists SteamaCo’s electricity grids as top African product to watch in 2017…Bangladesh Emerges as a Hotbed for Solar Microgrids…New Jersey Moves Forward with First Ever Rail Microgrid Project & more microgrid news highlights January 5, 2017

Renewable Energy: California & Wyoming on Opposite Paths …& More Microgrid News — January 26, 2017

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BBC lists SteamaCo’s electricity grids as top African product to watch in 2017…Bangladesh Emerges as a Hotbed for Solar Microgrids…New Jersey Moves Forward with First Ever Rail Microgrid Project & more microgrid news highlights January 5, 2017

Updates from Africa, Costa Rica, U.S. (Bronzeville) & more Microgrid News Highlights — December 21, 2016

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Rural African power at $7/month, Costa Rica: Central America’s largest microgrid, ComEd moves forward in Bronzeville despite lack of legislation & more microgrid news highlights December 21, 2016

Catch Up on the Latest Microgrid News Highlights – November 21, 2016

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Microgrid News Highlights — November 21,  2016   Connecticut approves $30 million for projects to strengthen electric grid Last week, state Bond Commission approved the funding for an expansion of Connecticut’s microgrid program. Joel Gordes, a West Hartford-based energy consultant, said the state needs to sustain its microgrid program in order to assure the security of its residents and businesses. “The denial of service attacks you saw with some websites are something to […]

Catch Up on the Latest Microgrid Industry News! November 15, 2016

Microgrid Industry News — November 15,  2016 New President, New Congress: How Policymakers Can Fix America’s Electricity Infrastructure With a new president and Congress taking office in January, legislation to address America’s deteriorating infrastructure will likely be debated. High on their list of priorities should be new policies encouraging private-sector investment and innovation in the electricity sector, particularly in microgrids and smart meters. Connecticut Governor Advances Commitment to Storm Resiliency with Funding for […]

Weekly Roundup Microgrid News October 19, 2016

Navy and Energy Commission Agree to Partner on Renewable Energy Projects…Hybrid Microgrids Could Cut N.W.T.’s Diesel Dependence by Half, Report Says…Pure-play Battery or Hybrid Grid Energy Storage?

Weekly Microgrid News Highlights, October 12, 2016

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Weekly Microgrid News Highlights October 12, 2016   New Energy Task Force Approves Draft Recommendation for Comprehensive Reforms The New Energy Task Force proposal approved last week recommends the return of net metering — which had been controversially revoked less than a year before — to Nevada. This recommendation is part of a wider reform push from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. It also suggests that the state re-open planning for the Clean Power Plan, […]

Most Americans Prefer Resilient Grid over Lower Electricity Costs

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As Americans count down to Election Day, more than three-quarters (78%) believe the winner of the presidential race should prioritize the faster adoption of renewable energy, according to the seventh annual Sense & Sustainability Study released by G&S Business Communications (G&S). Despite strong public sentiment favoring the next president’s focus on renewables, the G&S study found that American opinion is practically split when it comes to elected leaders and their understanding of the costs […]

Ending Worldwide Rural Energy Poverty with Clean, Off-grid Solutions: Part 2

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Part 1 of this post addressed the issue of global energy poverty in rural areas: its implications, challenges, and promising developments in African nations and in India. Part 2 addresses off-grid problems in Haiti, potential microgrid solutions in Alaska, and the population-empowering “Minigrid Game.” Haiti struggles with extreme energy poverty Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Seventy-five percent of Haitians lack electricity access and must cook and light their homes with […]