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Schneider Electric to Supply Integrated Energy Management Solution for Faroe Islands
November 11, 2014


In November 2012 the Faroe Islands became the first place in the world where a virtual power plant was used to recreate balance in an island power system by decoupling large industrial units in less than a second from the main power system, thereby avoiding blackouts.
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HOMER Energy Launches HOMER Pro - Next Generation Microgrid Optimization Software
November 10, 2014


"We are excited about the release of this innovative product, which takes HOMER to a whole new level," said Dr. Peter Lilienthal, HOMER Energy CEO and original creator of HOMER. "HOMER Pro makes it much easier for us to work with our industry partners on getting their unique solutions and approaches into HOMER. That was much more difficult with earlier versions."
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Positive Prospects for Solar Microgrids in Australia
November 6, 2014


According to Alex Houlston in Australia's Business Spectator, "The bright side of eliminating feed-in tariffs (and other support for renewable energy) is likely to be more demand for solar-powered micro-grids, where solar power and storage can viably be deployed at scale, without the need for government support." He adds that microgrids in Australia on a community scale could be cost-effective before 2020 for the mass market.
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Nanyang Technological University in Singapore to Build Renewable Energy Integration Demonstration Microgrid
November 5, 2014


The first in the region, the hybrid microgrid will test and demonstrate the integration of solar, wind, tidal-current, diesel, storage and power-to-gas technologies, and ensure these energy sources operate well together. It will be located offshore at Semakau Landfill and is expected to produce power in the megawatt range, suitable for small islands, isolated villages, and emergency power supplies.
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What is Driving the Growth of Microgrids in Africa
November 3, 2014


"The issue is, if cell phone towers become anchors for microgrids, the banks will pay for the cell phone tower and then local entrepreneurs will figure out ways to sort of build out that infrastructure and provide power," said Peter Asmus, Principal Research Analyst at Navigant Research in a recent interview with AFKInsider. However, he adds that, "from what I've heard from vendors, cultural issues in a lot of parts of Africa are less community-oriented than, for example, India or some Asia-Pacific regions. It's more sort of individualistic and so trying to get a community to collaborate and organize to build a microgrid has been difficult."
View article in AFKInsider

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Meghalaya State in North-East India to Start Microgrid Systems in Select Villages
October 30, 2014


"We have identified certain villages in the state where there is a possibility of them being delinked from the main grid after they are provided with renewable power," said Chief Minister Mukul Sangma at a recent seminar, noting that the systems will utilize mostly solar, wind or biomass energy. He adds, however, that "there are many challenges as we change from a government- run culture to a corporate culture."
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Alstom Receives Funding to Advance Philadelphia Microgrid Project
October 30, 2014


Alstom has been awarded $1.2M by the U.S. Department of Energy to improve grid resiliency through the advancement of microgrid technology. The company will research and design a community microgrid system in partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), which provides water, wastewater and storm water services for greater Philadelphia, and PIDC, Philadelphia's public-private economic development corporation.
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NJ Transit Receives Federal Funding for Microgrid Project
October 21, 2014


Through a microgrid design, the NJ Transitgrid project is intended to provide resilient electric traction power to allow trains on critical corridors, including portions of the Northeast Corridor, to continue to operate when the traditional grid fails.
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One of the Nation's Largest Battery Energy Storage Systems to be Installed at UC San Diego Microgrid
October 19, 2014


The 2.5-megawatt, 5-megawatt-hour system -- enough to power 2,500 homes -- will be integrated into the university's microgrid, which generates 92 percent of the electricity used on campus annually and is considered one of the world's most advanced microgrids.
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Grid of the Future to be Discussed at Power Analytics Conference
October 8, 2014


Power Analytics Corporation has secured three highly-esteemed thought leaders from the energy sector as keynote speakers for the companyís 20/20 Vision-Driven Power Conference, October 21-23 in San Diego. Byron Washom, Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives at UC San Diego, Ed White, Former Chairman/CEO of ITRON, and Eli Farrah, Partner, Winston & Strawn, highlight a list of distinguished speakers and panelists who will lead discussions aimed at challenging assumptions about the future of the intelligent grid.
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25,000 Indian Villages to Get Electricity Through Microgrids
October 4, 2014


More than 25,000 Indian villages, which have been waiting for half a century and beyond for the government to provide them with electricity, could soon see light at the end of the tunnel as they go 'off the grid' using novel clean energy solutions. Rather than be dependent on utilities to plug them into the energy network, these villages will get electrified through micro-grids that generate power for their needs.
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Announcing the Alliance for Rural Electrification
October 1, 2014


The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is an international business association representing the decentralised energy sector working towards the integration of renewables into rural electrification markets in developing and emerging countries.
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Microgrid Deployment Workshop 2014 Sells Out
September 26, 2014


HOMER Energy and local co-organizer Trama TecnoAmbiental held a sold out Microgrid Deployment Workshop in Barcelona, Spain, September 22 and 23, 2014. The meeting included participants from 28 countries and every aspect of the microgrid market.
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ComEd Awarded $1.2 Million Grant from U.S. DOE for Microgrid Controller
September 17, 2014


ComEd assembled a group of leading science and technology partners for the DOE proposal including Alstom Grid, Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois Institute of Technology, Microsoft, OSIsoft, Quanta Technologies, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric and University of Denver.
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Launch of the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All Americas
September 5, 2014


The launch of the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All in the Americas will take place in Santiago, Chile, from October 15-17, 2014. The President of Chile, Ms. Michelle Bachelet will host the event, and Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General, will present the most recent progress of the global initiative. HOMER Energy CEO Dr. Peter Lilienthal will be in attendance.
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Study Focuses on the Role of Microgrids for Oil and Gas Producers
August 13, 2014


"Oklahoma utilities are experiencing unprecedented growth from oil and gas production," said David Swank, CEO of the NESI-SES Association and Central Rural Electric Cooperative. "This growth presents challenges on multiple fronts and is transforming the traditional system planning model. The Distributed Energy Resources / Microgrid Study explores new technologies that can provide a win-win situation for all involved including utilities, policymakers, oil and gas producers, and stakeholders."
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New Innovation Center Aims to Make Milwaukee a Global Energy Hub
August 8, 2014


Officials from the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) recently unveiled plans for the new Energy Innovation Center (EIC), a facility that is intended to accelerate the development of innovative technology in the energy, power and control industry. "Having these new resources right here in Milwaukee, where UWM's microgrid testbed is just getting under way, offers tremendous potential, especially for industries in Wisconsin, to get in on the ground floor of a profitable emerging market in distributed energy systems. We are excited about the work ahead," says Brett Peters, Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's College of Engineering & Applied Science.
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American Vanadium's CellCube Included In HOMER Microgrid Software
August 8, 2014


"With Navigant Research predicting the dramatic growth of all microgrid segments in the next decade, particularly the remote and island microgrid sector, we are very excited that the current HOMER user base as well as our future customers will have access to this powerful design and modeling tool for the CellCube system," said Bill Radvak, President and CEO of American Vanadium.
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New York Allocates $3.3 Million to Improve Grid Resiliency and Efficiency
August 1, 2014


Funded projects include the use of radar in real-time response for restoration of electric utility systems, the design of a resilient underground microgrid, and the use of computer vision to analyze pictures of electric distribution problems.
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New Survey Examines Views of U.S. Utilities on Microgrids
August 1, 2014


According to a recent survey conducted by Utility Dive of 265 U.S. electric utility and independent power producer executives, an overwhelming 97% of respondents see microgrids as a business opportunity for them over the next decade. More than half of utilities surveyed see themselves in the microgrid market even earlier - within five years.
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EMerge Alliance Expands DC Power Initiative to South Asia
July 29, 2014


According to EMerge Alliance President Brian Patterson, the expansion of the group's DC power initiative into South Asia will help bring reliable power to countries with known power stability issues to prevent the high occurrence of interrupted supply from affecting commercial, industrial and residential users of electricity.
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California Issues New Call for Microgrid Projects
July 15, 2014


California has announced the availability of up to $26.5 million for projects that demonstrate the reliable integration of energy efficient demand-side resources, distributed clean energy generation, and smart grid components to enable energy-smart community development. The recently issued Program Opportunity Notice calls for projects that demonstrate low-carbon-based microgrids for critical facilities, high-penetration renewable-based microgrids, as well as advanced smart and bidirectional vehicle charging.
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Maryland Task Force Recommends Focusing on Public Purpose Microgrids
July 8, 2014


According to a recently released report by Maryland's a Resiliency Through Microgrids Task Force, there is an important wave forming in the development of microgrids -- those that serve multiple customers over multiple properties and cross public rights of way in the process. These "public purpose microgrids" have the potential to offer important societal benefits during periods when the macrogrid is down, while allowing for the economic and innovative integration of distributed generation and energy storage systems during normal operations.
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U.S. Department of Energy Launches Microgrid Competition
July 3, 2014


The Microgrid 2014 MVP Challenge is designed to encourage organizations with operational microgrids, such as hospitals and water treatment plants, to submit their microgrid designs and operational data - such as when and how long the system was disconnected from the traditional grid. Entries will be judged according to four criteria: resiliency, clean energy system, efficiency, and cost effectiveness.
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U.S. Microgrid Capacity To Exceed 1.8 GW by 2018
July 1, 2014


Military bases and remote communities have traditionally built and maintained the lion's share of microgrids in the United States, but cities, communities and public institutions will foster the next wave of microgrid adoptions. According to a new report from GTM Research, current microgrid capacity stands at 1,051 megawatts and is forecasted to reach approximately 1,843 megawatts by the end of 2017, driven in part by a number of recently announced state-level resiliency programs.
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Energy Access To Host Workshop in Conjunction with Intersolar North America, 2014
June 27, 2014


The afternoon workshop and happy hour brings together start-ups, financiers, non-profits, academics and manufacturers for interactive panel sessions on issues surrounding global access to electricity. Aimed at professionals working on or interested in sustainable energy access in emerging economies, the workshop will encourage collaboration and debate, and will be followed by a happy hour event enabling participants to continue the discussion and share their work.
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U.S. Dept. of Defense Awards Fort Bragg Microgrid Project
June 16, 2014


The $3.4-million project is intended to help improve energy security and surety at Fort Bragg, N.C. The microgrid will use advanced controls to network new and existing backup generators on the U.S. Army post, and is the first application of this technology for a federal agency.
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Africaís Largest Self-Sufficient Solar Microgrid Project Created
June 7, 2014


The island-wide microgrid on Annobon Province, an island off Equatorial Guinea in west central Africa, will be designed to provide enough electricity to handle 100 percent of the islandís current energy demand and be the largest self-sufficient solar project on the continent of Africa.
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