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“Smart Community” in Alabama Acts as Living Laboratory for Microgrid

Alabama Microgrid Studies Future of Energy Infrastructure Written by Andrew Soergel, usnews.com, July 2, 2018 At first glance, the newly constructed Reynolds Landing community in suburban Birmingham, Alabama, looks like any other newly constructed well-to-do neighborhood. The homes carry a modern, though not entirely futuristic, design. The streets wind in a rectangle, branching off in one […]

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ComEd Approved to Develop a Microgrid in Chicago

Illinois regulators give controversial ComEd microgrid the green light Energy News Network, February 28, 2018 The Illinois Commerce Commission Wednesday granted ComEd’s request to develop a microgrid on Chicago’s South Side and bill ratepayers for the $25 million project. Opponents including the Illinois Attorney General’s office have long argued the microgrid is too expensive and […]

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NY Prize Stage 2 Winner Includes Waste-to-Energy Generation

Syracuse Microgrid Forecasts Positive Return Leveraging Waste-to-Energy Microgrid Knowledge, April 11, 2017 The Syracuse microgrid, one of 11 NY Prize Stage 2 winners, is forecasting a strong financial return using waste-to-energy generation that eases pressure on local landfills. Led by the Central NY Regional Planning and Development Board (CNYRPDB), the project is the only Stage […]

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What is a Microgrid?

How the World Defines Microgrids and Why You are Confused Microgrid Knowledge, January 30, 2017 Microgrid, mini-grid, picogrid… All this tiny terminology can add up to some big confusion. Even the industry itself defines microgrids in different ways. Microgrids, mini-grids and picogrids have some things in common: they are all locally generated, locally distributed sources of clean energy. Is […]

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Understanding Microgrids through Microbreweries

Lisa Markowski, ERS, for Zondits Can beer make things clearer? It’s highly possible, although not necessarily through its consumption. Thinking about how microbreweries operate compared to large, national breweries can give the non-engineer a better understanding of the functions and goals of the modern grid. Writer/engineer/EnerNex consultant Sean Morash understands that “normal people” might not […]