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Cuttyhunk Island’s Microgrid

The Market at Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts. Photo: John Phelan, Wikimedia Commons

By George Harvey

The Elizabeth Islands form a small chain between mainland Massachusetts and the island of Martha’s Vineyard. The westernmost of these has the small community of Cuttyhunk. Because it has only fifty full-time residents, a submarine cable to supply power […]

Warner, New Hampshire

News of a Groundbreaking Design for a Community Microgrid

A gathering at the solar stage in downtown Warner, New Hampshire. Photo courtesy of Neil Nevins.

By George Harvey

Warner, New Hampshire, has not yet built its microgrid. It has not yet installed any of its hardware. In fact, it has not even […]

Princeton University’s Microgrid is Still an Inspiration

East Pyne Hall, Princeton University. Photo by Andreas Praefcke, Wikimedia Commons

By George Harvey

In 1996, Princeton University replaced its old coal-fired heating plants, which had been around since the 1920s, moving to natural gas as a fuel source. This was not a simple change, however, as it had a set of […]

Nanogrids: A Whole-Building Approach to Distributed Energy Resources

By Eric Wallace

Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) are a growing part of the energy landscape in the United States, and they are becoming an ever more attractive opportunity for households, companies, and building owners to gain control of their own energy needs. By 2024, it is estimated that solar PV […]

New Tesla Semi-Truck

Tesla Makes Helping Puerto Rico Job One!

The New Tesla Semi-Truck could very likely change the world’s transportation system. Photo: nikolamotor.com

By George Harvey

Tesla’s Elon Musk was all set to unveil the new Tesla Semi-Truck at an event scheduled to take place on October 26 at the Design Center in Hawthorne, […]

2017 Microgrid and DER Controller Symposium

Hosted by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and MIT Lincoln Labs, the 2017 Microgrid Symposium and Expo will take place on Thursday, February 16 at MIT. The event highlights microgrid controllers, a key component of microgrids, which are high-performing power grids that can separate, or “island” from the broader electricity grid in the event of […]

GMP’s Solar Storage Project Becomes First in New England to Use Solar Battery Storage to Reduce Peak Demand

Saves Customers $200,000 in Just One Hour by Reducing Peak Power Demand

Colchester, Vt – Green Mountain Power’s Stafford Hill Solar Farm in Rutland, one of the nation’s first micro-grids powered solely by solar and battery back-up, is now the first in the region to use battery storage to reduce peak power usage, benefiting customers […]

Microgrids Are Coming!

By George Harvey

The Brattleboro, Vermont Energy Committee recently formed an Integrated Energy Systems subcommittee with the purpose of investigating such solutions as microgrids and the technologies that might be used with them. A microgrid is a system that has its own generating and storage capacity, with a potential to operate independently of the […]

NESEA Speakers at BuildingEnergy 15: Henry Misas, Amy McGuire, Andrea Ranger

Amy McGuire

Islands of Power – Microgrids Enabling Technology for Energy Resiliency

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Energy Distribution

Henry Misas

While the concept of microgrids and their attributes continue to generate hype, there are few guidelines on microgrid best planning and implementation practices. Microgrids […]

November 8 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

When researchers talk about “islanding,” or isolating, from the grid, they are discussing a fundamental benefit of microgrids, or small systems powered by renewables and energy storage devices. The benefit is that microgrids can disconnect from larger utility grids and continue to provide power locally. [Science Daily]

World:

A small German town […]