In the United States, where minimalism and simplicity aren’t always a system’s determining factors, microgrid technology has made possible many groundbreaking projects that could lead to new models for off-grid power generation, distribution, and storage. These include everything from corporate campus microgrids to energy-plus-storage systems for multi-family affordable housing projects.
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 — […]
A municipal utility renewable energy microgrid in Ohio and an energy security installation at Marine Air Corps Base Miramar are among the highlights of this week’s microgrid and distributed energy news.
Navigant Research added nearly 1,600 microgrid projects with a combined generation capacity of 15 gigawatts (GW) to its 2Q Microgrid Tracker, an indication of the extent and degree to which stakeholders are turning to distributed zero- and low-emissions microgrids enhance energy security, reliability, efficiency and resiliency and reduce power sector greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Schneider Electric recently signed a contract to supply SEV, the main energy supplier in the Faroe Islands, an integrated solution for the management of the island’s electrical network for generation, transmission and distribution operations. SEV must deliver continuous, stable and inexpensive electricity to the island’s inhabitants, while transitioning to a higher renewables model, reducing its diesel-dependency and maintaining grid security and stability. Starting in November 2014, Schneider Electric will deploy its suite of […]