Microgrids a Savvy Economic Decision for C&I Customers Like OATI

Microgrid Media recently featured the OATI Microgrid Technology Center and USA Microgrids™ in an article examining whether Commercial and Industrial (C&I) microgrids are an economically viable option for businesses. Traditionally, microgrids have been considered for public purposes, as they can be funded primarily through public subsidies. Now, funding for C&I microgrids come from the business [...]

May 25th, 2017|

New York’s First REV Project Gets Its First Microgrid

New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) was, and still is, one of the most disruptive initiatives to impact the energy world in North America in the twenty-first century. As the initiative approaches its second year, New York is installing its first microgrid. According to Project Manager, Greg Elcock, the project is often referred to [...]

March 14th, 2017|

Utilities Benefit with Partnerships During Times of Microgrid Disruption

Energy experts and professionals continue to talk about the growth of utility microgrids and the roles utility-owned microgrids will play in the future. Recently, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Smart Energy Power Alliance (SEPA) released their report which highlights the growing trend of partnerships between utilities and private owners or third parties. Today’s [...]

March 7th, 2017|

Community Microgrids – Municipalities

Hurricane Sandy in 2012, among other blackout situations that have occurred on the East Coast, has demonstrated the need for improved energy infrastructure. Now more than ever, communities and municipalities are exploring alternative energy options and developing plans to strengthen and improve their energy infrastructure in the event of widespread outages caused by a natural [...]

February 23rd, 2017|

Microgrids a Smart Investment for Universities and College Campuses

In 2012, Princeton University employed steam power in order to keep the campus operating after all power was lost during Hurricane Sandy. Princeton is just one of many college campuses, including MIT, Stanford, and Las Positas Community College in California, that have implemented alternative energy resource options such as a community microgrid. Using power source [...]

February 21st, 2017|

States Mobilize for Electric Vehicles

In an earlier blog, we discussed how Electric Vehicles (EVs) are changing the way new transportation is being developed. California is now taking a huge step towards making wide EV use a reality. In January 2016, three of California’s largest investor-owned utilities announced plans to invest $1 billion towards implementing EV charging stations and other [...]

February 16th, 2017|

Hawaii’s Ambitious Goal: 100% Renewable Energy by 2045

Hawaii’s renewable market is poised to grow significantly over the next few decades. First launched in 2008, Hawaii and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Initiative aims to achieve 100 percent clean energy for the state by 2045. The project will encompass multiple field assets from residential to commercial sites across multiple islands. (As [...]

February 14th, 2017|

SOCO Invests $431M to Address the Energy Needs of the Future

In February 2016, the energy industry saw PowerSecure merge with one of North America’s largest Investor-Owned Utility, Southern Company (SOCO). In a statement, SOCO CEO, Thomas Fanning, stated that “there is demand for distributed infrastructure solutions that best meet each customer’s unique energy needs.” SOCO and its subsidiaries serve more than 4 million customers throughout [...]

February 10th, 2017|

Mexico Prepares for Solar Future

Mexico is moving toward developing more solar power in the near future. The country is projected to have 30-40GW of solar PV installations by 2040, which would put Mexico’s renewable output at 37% of their overall electricity generated. This outlook looks even more promising when many are predicting the price of solar PV to drop [...]

February 2nd, 2017|

Wind Turbines Power Scotland for Days

In December 2016, Scotland’s wind turbines produced a record amount of energy from December 23 – December 26. The energy produced was enough to power all of Scotland’s 6 million+ homes and more – with energy supply exceeding demand each day. December 24 alone produced a record 74,000MWh – fulfilling 132% of the country’s energy [...]

January 31st, 2017|