Jacobs Selected for Pioneering New Jersey Rail Microgrid Project

Cheryl Kaften

New Jersey Transit – which operates 12 rail lines in the Garden State and provides nearly 223 million passenger trips each year – announced on January 3 that it had selected Jacobs Engineering Group to provide design and general engineering services for the agency’s $577 million microgrid project – the first of its kind nationwide.

Microgrids Continue to Progress – With Some Bumps in the Road

Carl Weinschenk

The news is mostly good, but uncertainty on what’s ahead in Washington and at least one abandoned initiative are yellow flags.

Massachusetts Aims for Critical Care Resiliency

Carl Weinschenk

Massachusetts is offering $14 million in grants for energy resiliency projects aimed at critical care facilities. The grants are part of the $40 million Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative (CCERI). The overall goal of CCERI is to protect participating entities from service interruption due to severe weather conditions. This is the initiative’s third round of   …Continue Reading

The Next Generation: How Microgrids Are Changing the Business Landscape

Ken Silverstein

College campuses are the epitome of free thinking and where innovation often gets its roots. Burning greener fuel and improving energy management are two sprouting concepts there — ideas that are being facilitated by micro-grids.

Active Power Introduces the CleanSource 275XT UPS

Carl Weinschenk

Active Power has introduced the CleanSource 275XT UPS uninterruptible power supply. The company says that the new device increases the runtime of its flywheel technology by 78 percent compared to its current system, the CleanSource 300 UPS. It spins the flywheel rotor faster to increase runtime to one minute at typical industry loading levels, the   …Continue Reading

A Smart Grid is Only as Smart as the Information it Gathers and Distributes

Ken Silverstein

A smart grid can’t be smart unless the data it works with is relevant, timely and accurate.

Good Days Ahead for Microgrids

Carl Weinschenk

Microgrid use is growing in tandem with the increasing sophistication of its business model and the deepening complexity of electric distribution, according to a report from GTM Research.

Utilities Attack Hurricanes With Gusto

Ken Silverstein

When Hurricane Hermine made landfall in the Tallahassee area of Florida on Friday, it did what big weather events often do: create havoc, which in this case knocked out the power to more than 100,000 homes.

Uninterruptible Power Supplies: The Case for Moving Beyond Batteries

Carl Weinschenk

Are batteries yesterday’s technology? At least one company thinks so.

Microgrids Expanding Their Reach and Could Hit 3.71 GW of Capacity by 2020

Ken Silverstein

Localized microgrids that connect to businesses, universities and military installations that are dependent on uninterruptible power will expand their capacity to 3.71 gigawatts by 2020, says GTM Research.