ACEP Program Seeks to Bridge the “GAP” in Worldwide Microgrid Knowledge


The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) has launched an initiative to help microgrid planners worldwide learn from each other.  The Global Applications Program (GAP)  seeks to expand and leverage the “Alaskan knowledge economy” surrounding microgrids and create global synergy to overcome barriers related to their design and operation. Unlike the rest of the United States, much of the Alaskan energy landscape is powered by islanded microgrids. As a result, Alaskan communities […]

New York Set to Distribute $40 Million for Microgrids


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has launched the New York Prize, a $40-million competition to help fund microgrid development across the State. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently wrapped up a two-month statewide tour promoting the Prize,  which is part of the State’s efforts to build “a cleaner, more resilient, and affordable infrastructure.” The NY Prize will award funding in three categories: Feasibility studies: Up to $100,000 in funding will […]

Webinar: Modeling the CellCube Energy Storage System in Connected and Remote Microgrids

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Join HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal and American Vanadium experts Bill Radvak, Tim Yip, and Scott Debenham for a discussion on modeling the CellCube flow battery using HOMER in both grid-connected and remote microgrids. Date:   February 18, 2015 Time:   12:00 pm EDT (1700 GMT) Cost:   Free The CellCube energy storage system is regarded as a milestone in the history of regenerative energy management. Whether in combination with photovoltaic, wind […]

California Awards $21.8 Million for Microgrids

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On February 3rd, the California Energy Commission announced the proposed award recipients of its solicitation for funding for projects that  “[support] the development of microgrids that incorporate clean, low-carbon energy resources with energy storage and on-site energy management systems” and grid-linked electric vehicles. The awards must be approved at a public meeting of Energy Commission Business Meeting before funds can be granted. The solicitation notes the importance of these projects: “These microgrids will […]

International ARE Energy Access Workshop in Madrid

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The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is hosting a one-day International ARE Energy Access Workshop in Madrid, Spain on March 5, 2015. From the ARE website: “To further advance cooperation between the public, private and finance sector, this workshop will provide a platform for exchange on upcoming initiatives, business opportunities and projects in the pipeline. The objectives of the workshop are to: provide a thorough policy and finance understanding on existing and upcoming rural electrification business […]

Connecticut Releases $5.1 Million for Microgrid Projects

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The State of Connecticut released $5.1 million to the towns of Bridgeport and Milford to develop microgrid projects. The microgrids will provide energy for a police station, city hall, school and university facilities, senior housing, and emergency shelter facilities among the two towns. The grant awards are part of the Connecticut Microgrid Program, which was legislated in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to support the design and development of distributed energy generation for […]

Solar Airplane to Make Historic Round-the-World Flight


HOMER Energy partner, ABB, will provide engineering support for the first ever solar-powered round-the-world airplane flight. The Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) single-person plane by Solar Impulse will use no fuel at all, generating all of its power from 17,248 solar cells on the top of the plane to power four 17.4hp electric motors. The plane will take off from Abu Dhabi in early March and will make planned stops in various countries around the world. The Si2 has a wingspan […]

State Governors Call for Microgrid Development

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During his January 8 2015 inaugural address for his third term as Governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin called attention to his state’s commitment to move forward with public microgrid and renewable energy development: “Yesterday’s huge power plants, far away out there somewhere, connected to us by miles and miles of poles and wires, will be supplanted by tomorrow’s integrated microgrid, with community-scaled renewable energy systems powering our smart green homes and businesses. That’s the […]

Webinar: Electric Vehicles and the Grid

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Electric Vehicles and the Grid: Business Opportunities for Vehicle-to-Grid Integration Technologies Tuesday, February 10, 2015 This Navigant Research webinar will examine the market forces and challenges that are driving the vehicle-grid integration sector. The webinar will focus on the range of V2G business opportunities, stakeholder incentives for technology development and adoption, and regulatory requirements to enable VGI. Visit website

HOMER Energy CEO to Speak at Distributed Wind 2015 Conference


HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal will be presenting on “Emerging Markets & Business Models” at the Distributed Wind 2015 conference on March 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. “Distributed Wind 2015 is committed to the advancement of both distributed and community wind energy.  This two day event includes a Business Conference with sessions focused on advancing the knowledge of distributed and community wind professionals that want to learn more about growing the market for […]