Developing a Self-Sustaining Microgrid: Q&A with Stone Edge Farm’s Craig Wooster

Developing a Self-Sustaining Microgrid: Q&A with Stone Edge Farm’s Craig Wooster

Stone Edge Farm is a 16-acre estate owned by Mac and Leslie McQuown in Sonoma, California, that includes a winery known for producing Cabernet Sauvignon from organically-grown grapes. In 2013, Mac and experienced electrical engineering contractor Craig Wooster embarked on an open-source microgrid project to … Read more…

Siemens Invests in Peer-to-Peer Energy Marketplace

Siemens Invests in Peer-to-Peer Energy Marketplace

Siemens has invested in LO3 Energy, a Brooklyn-based energy tech company building a platform for local peer-to-peer energy marketplaces. The unspecified investment closed out LO3’s series A funding round, Utility Dive reported. LO3 plans to use the funding to develop technology that allows local energy … Read more…

Study: Data Centers Expected to Add Record-Breaking 7,000 MW of Capacity in 2018

Study: Data Centers Expected to Add Record-Breaking 7,000 MW of Capacity in 2018

  A new white paper from Navigant Research explores the role data centers will play in the growth of commercial and industrial (C&I) microgrids in North America and the rest of the world. Data centers are responsible for protecting mission-critical functions, yet, they often rely on an … Read more…

Year in Review: Growth of Microgrids for Resilience

Year in Review: Growth of Microgrids for Resilience

Microgrids continued to grow in popularity this year, driven largely by concerns over resilience in the wake of natural disasters. A report prepared early in the year for Advanced Energy Economy showed that global annual revenue from microgrids increased 29% between 2015 and 2016. The … Read more…

Microgrids Grow Popular for Storm Resilience in Cities

Microgrids Grow Popular for Storm Resilience in Cities

The aftermath of hurricanes sweeping the United States is spurring interest in new microgrid development among city officials, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. As a result, localized power grids that can function independently from the main grid are rising in popularity. As Ellen Shenette, … Read more…

EaaS Platform for DER and Microgrids Announced

EaaS Platform for DER and Microgrids Announced

San Francisco-based Dynamic Energy Networks (DEN) announced strategic alliances with Schneider Electric and the Carlyle Group today for a new platform to own and operate microgrids as well as distributed energy resources. The platform is aimed at providing energy-as-a-service (EaaS) financing and infrastructure to organizations … Read more…

Commonwealth Edison and Illinois Tech to Create Experimental Microgrids

Commonwealth Edison and Illinois Tech to Create Experimental Microgrids

  It was announced today that Commonwealth Edison and the Illinois Institute of Technology are partnering to create two microgrids that experiment with new technologies that could better provide electricity during severe weather events. The partnership is made possible with grants from the US Department … Read more…

Brooklyn Housing Development’s New Microgrid Marks NYC’s 1st Lithium Ion Battery Project

Brooklyn Housing Development’s New Microgrid Marks NYC’s 1st Lithium Ion Battery Project

The Marcus Garvey Apartments, an affordable-housing neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, has installed a microgrid that is expected to improve energy efficiency and cost, and to ensure a steady supply of energy. The project was developed by L+M Development Partners, writes Microgrid Knowledge. Solar panels on … Read more…

Microgrid Use on the Rise with Military and Beyond

Microgrid Use on the Rise with Military and Beyond

The use of a microgrid system could help the US military stay operational in the case of an attack on America’s main electricity grid. The findings were published in a paper by Michigan Technological University engineering and energy policy experts, who say going off-grid — by … Read more…

Mayors Caucus and ComEd Collaborate to Advance Smart Cities

Mayors Caucus and ComEd Collaborate to Advance Smart Cities

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC), a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 275 cities, towns and villages; announced on May 4 that it has joined Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) – the largest electric utility in Illinois, serving the Chicago and Northern Illinois area – in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support the study and development of new energy efficiency programs, smart streetlights, and community and residential solar; and other infrastructure projects.

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