Will Massachusetts emerge as the hub of the Microgrid Industry?

opines in Microgrid Knowledge about the potential emergence of Massachusetts as the hub of the growing microgrid industry.

Say ‘oil’ and Houston comes to mind. Software is Silicon Valley. Steel is Pittsburgh. But for the fledgling microgrid industry, a regional identity has yet to form.

California and New York are strong contenders. But the title could go to Massachusetts.

Consider the company Massachusetts keeps. GE* and Schneider Electric*, two energy infrastructure and technology giants, chose to headquarter in or near Boston. Both are making a big push into the microgrid industry. Schneider’s new Boston One Campus even features a microgrid.

Italian utility Enel last month opened its North American green power headquarters in Andover, after making a splash into microgrids and energy storage with the purchase of Demand Energy.

And a range of other companies in microgrid-related technologies – combined heat and power (CHP), district energy, energy storage, solar and efficiency – have offices in the state. Among them are Siemens, Tecogen, Co-Energy America, Solectria, Typhoon HIL, Aegis, Veolia*, NEC, Raytheon and Enernoc.

So why Massachusetts? More….
*Members of the International District Energy Association and/or the Microgrid Resources Coalition.

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EDITOR: Leonard Phillips, IDEA Director of Business Development, International District Energy Association (IDEA), a nonprofit association founded in 1909. len.idea@districtenergy.org; +1 508-366-9339.
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