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Unpacking the DER Tech Stack

“Distributed Energy Resources” or “DERs connotes a variety of energy sources on the grid, typically consumer- based assets. Delivery of these energy assets increasingly relies on a complex “stack” or set of layers of software, communications, protocols, standards, firmware, and hardware controls. This “DER Stack” is in a state of ongoing evolution as the underlying technologies evolve and the market grows for granular, bi-directional flows of electrons.


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Learn How to Increase Customer Engagement Under NY REV

The webinar will identify key strategies for engaging and communicating with customers under the NY REV. With customers playing an integral role in the overall system, attendees will gain valuable insight in how to increase customer engagement. Learn the means and technologies you can use to effectively communicate with prosumers and commercial customers.


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New York City Receives its First Lithium-Ion Battery Based Microgrid

Demand Energy

Demand Energy recently announced the start of construction for the company’s groundbreaking renewable-energy-plus-storage microgrid at Marcus Garvey Village, NYC.

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Exelon Generation Buys FitzPatrick Nuclear Plant, Increases Carbon-Free Electricity within State

Exelon Generation

Exelon Generation, owner of the nation’s largest nuclear energy fleet, announced on Mar. 31 that it has assumed ownership and management of operations of the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, NY.

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These Residential Battery Storages Will Help Power New York City

Con Edison

Con Edison has filed a project that will bring battery storage technology to New York City neighborhoods in order to ensure service is reliable during the hot summer months. By the summer of 2018, the company will deploy batteries capable of sending 1 megawatt of power for four hours into the grid to serve homes and businesses.

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Air Force Develops New, Deployable, Energy Systems

Donna Lindner | Air Force Research Laboratory

Today’s expeditionary military forces require steady, reliable energy sources to power worldwide missions.

Diverse field environments and a move towards cost-effective, resilient and agile energy supplies are driving a new look at the way the Defense Department powers a mission — and the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Power Technology Office leads the innovation from the front.

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New York City Receives its First Lithium-Ion Battery Based Microgrid

Demand Energy

Demand Energy recently announced the start of construction for the company’s groundbreaking renewable-energy-plus-storage microgrid at Marcus Garvey Village, NYC.

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Global Revenue for Fixed Cost Microgrid O&M is Expected to Exceed $4 Billion in 2026

Navigant Research

A new report from Navigant Research examines the global market potential for the provision of operations and maintenance (O&M) services for key microgrid enabling technologies.

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The Coming Age of the Smart Green City Building

Date: Oct. 17, 2016

What kind of buildings will be in the smart cities of tomorrow? While the cities of the future will still be home to older historical and other buildings that are not energy-efficient good citizens of the power grid, the move will increasingly be to smart green buildings. (more…)


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Will Hydrogen Be the Savior of Overloaded Microgrids?

Date: Oct. 17, 2016

What sources of power can be counted on to back up microgrids when power from utilities runs low? We all think first about solar, batteries, wind, hydro and geothermal. But what about hydrogen? Maybe we should be thinking about that too. (more…)


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Grid Alternatives on Tribal Communities

Date: Oct. 11, 2016 –

In years past, many tribal lands were too remote to have access to reliable electricity. Many relied on gas and diesel-powered generators. That is changing, thanks in large part to the Department of Energy’s Tribal Energy Development grant program that is administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior. (more…)


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Where Batteries and Water Meet . . . Irvine, CA, Equips its City Water System with Tesla Batteries

Date: Oct. 11, 2016 –

What happens when you equip a city’s water system with advanced batteries made by Tesla? We don’t know for certain yet. However, we do know that Irvine, CA, is partnering with Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) to do it. (more…)


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American Cities and Highways Counted on LED Lighting. Were They Wrong?

Date: Oct. 4, 2016

Thanks to their long life and low power consumption, light emitting diodes (LEDs) have become the lighting source of choice on about 13% off all American streets and highways. That might not be such a wise choice, according to “Human and Environmental Effects of Light Emitting Diode (LED) Community Lighting,” a report issued in June by the American Medical Association.  (more…)


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Columbus OH Thinks that Mass Transit Is Going Away

Date: Oct. 4, 2016

City planners in Columbus, OH had some thinking to do in June when their city won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. The Challenge gave Columbus $40 million to invest in transit. Where would that grant money go? (more…)


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The Role of Passive Radiation in Smart Grid Design

Date: Sept. 27, 2016

The smart cities of tomorrow will be increasingly powered and heated by the sun. But not all solar-generated power will come from solar panels located on buildings or in fields nearby. A lot of the energy will be passively collected by the buildings themselves. And thanks to increasingly intelligent designs, smart self-heating buildings are posed to have a bigger impact on the design of smart grids. (more…)


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The World Starts to Light Up with Battery Power

Date: Sept. 21, 2016

Lots has been happening in the world of batteries since July, when Tesla opened its $5 billion Gigafactory in the Nevada desert. Battery production is ramping up there in two distinct product areas: batteries for use in Tesla automobiles and sleek-looking new Powerwall batteries for use in buildings. According to Tesla, each Powerwall battery can store up to 6.4 kilowatts, enough to provide overnight power to most homes.   (more…)


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Is the Age of Supergrids about to Dawn?

Date: Sept. 21, 2016

As the “make electricity here, use it here” philosophy takes hold, many trend-watchers are focused on microgrids.

But supergrids are attracting attention too. The MIT Technology Review, named them one of its “10 Breakthrough Technologies,” because of their ability to utilize high-voltage direct current power lines to carry electricity much further than AC power cables can. (more…)


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Why Microgrids Will Become Cheaper, Smarter and More Agile in the Next Two Years

Date: Sept. 13, 2016

How are microgrids changing?

Let’s take a quick look at how microgrids that will be installed in two years could be dramatically different from today’s advanced installations. (more…)


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Government’s Projects to Enhance the Grid with Advanced Technologies

Date: Sept. 13, 2016

“ARPA-E: The First Seven Years,” an extensive new 135-page report from the U.S Department of Energy, offers a comprehensive overview of the U.S. Government’s many programs to enrich the efficiency of our nation’s power grid. (more…)


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The David vs. Goliath Factor: Why Micro Beats Macro in the World of Power

Date: Sept. 1, 2016

We all know stories about little characters who beat bigger ones. David beat Goliath. In a famous children’s book, a “Little Engine That Could” climbed a high mountain when bigger locomotives refused to try. The slow-moving tortoise outsmarted the faster, more powerful hare . . . and the list of stories where the little guy or gal wins could go on and on. (more…)


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Why the American Power Grid Is Still at Risk

Date: Sept. 1, 2016

“13 Years After Northeast Blackout, U.S. Power Grid Remains Vulnerable,” an article by Karen Weigert in the August 17th Wall Street Journal, spells out some sobering reasons why the American power grid is still susceptible to catastrophic failure. (more…)


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New Smart Cities on the Rise in Florida and Colorado

Date: Sept. 1, 2016

“How Florida and Colorado Are Trying to Build Smart Cities from the Ground Up,” an article that Matthew Wheeland wrote for The Guardian on August 9, offers some tantalizing insights into microgrid- enhanced smart cities that are being built in Florida and Colorado. (more…)


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Eight Reasons Security-Conscious Consumers Will Use More Microgrids

Date: Aug. 26, 2016

When you boil it down to the basics, every domestic consumer in America who installs a backup electrical generator is already making use of a microgrid to protect his or her home from the dangers of electrical outages. (more…)


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