Category Archives: Microgrids

The Utility/Smart City Connection

December 6, 2017 / Jill Feblowitz / Electric Vehicles, Microgrids, Smart Cities

More and more cities are deciding to “get smart”.  According to Navigant Research’s Smart City Tracker Q1 2017, there are “250 smart city initiatives in more than 178 cities around the world with the majority focusing on government and energy initiatives, followed by transport, buildings, and water goals”. Still, participation in these initiatives requires investment […]

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Next-Gen Flexibility is The Mantra for Grid 3.0

July 7, 2017 / Jill Feblowitz / Demand Response, Distributed Energy Resources, Distribution Markets, DOE Programs, Energy Storage, Integrating Renewables, Microgrids, New Business Models, Regulation

For most veterans of the utility industry, discussions about the next generation distribution grid hearken back to the 1990s with the introduction of deregulation and wholesale markets. Today’s “future” represents an even greater departure. What’s new is the rapidly rising penetration of distributed energy resources (DER) and the presence of variable renewable generation. Then too, there […]

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Microgrids: The New Shape of Electricity at Greentown Labs

November 21, 2016 / Jill Feblowitz / Distributed Energy Resources, Microgrids

What’s the prognosis for the growth of the market for microgrids?  That is a pertinent question for entrepreneurial types in Cleantech.  There’s a slew of new ideas developed by creative scientists and engineers, but the timing might not be right from a business perspective.  There are even some old ideas that previously didn’t fly, but […]

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Securing the Future of Microgrids

October 4, 2016 / Jill Feblowitz / Microgrids, Security

Ever since Hurricane Sandy, interest in the development of microgrids for resiliency has increased.  The whole point of resiliency is to maintain power when there are serious disruptions in traditional central station power supply, such as severe weather or security breaches.   But what about the security of the microgrid itself?  In a smart move, S&C […]

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DistribuTECH 2016: “The Future Isn’t/Ain’t What it Used to Be”

February 17, 2016 / Jill Feblowitz / Conferences, Distributed Energy Resources, Microgrids, New Business Models

“Focused on the Future” was the theme of DistribuTECH 2016 and the conference lived up to that promise.  In the words of Yogi Berra (maybe) and others, the concept was demonstrated in Orlando.  The buzz words this year were “grid modernization”, with mention of transmission and an emphasis on the distribution grid, notably a distribution […]

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