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The US Department of Energy’s National Wind Technology Center (NWTC): Research Facility Provides Insight to the Future of Microgrids

Summary The NWTC, located near Boulder, Colorado, is the nation’s premier site for testing the integration of renewable energysources into large and small electrical grids. An array of facilities enable researchers to simulate specific grid conditions and the NWTC’s “virtual grid” allows...

3C.3_Sandblom, McDade.pdf

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Microgrid/Smartgrid Research Facility: Scope, Hazards Analysis and Research Focus

Summary This one of a kind facility broke new ground in terms of renewable energy systems integration. Problems solved included new frontiers on energy included DC arc flash and DC component sourcing. Lessons learned included pioneering of SCADA system allowing for flexibility/optimization of...

6B.1_Krause, Sereno.pdf

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Red Light, Green Light: Obstacles and Successes of Recent District Energy Systems with Combined Heat and Power

Summary District energy (DE) with combined heat and power (CHP) offers many potential benefits to college and university campuses, including energy cost savings and reduced CO2 emissions. At the same time, a potential DE-CHP system may look promising initially but be thwarted due to several...

2B.2_Johnstone, Kolwey_FINAL.pdf

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Energy Department Invests Up to $50 Million to Improve the Resilience and Security of the Nation's Critical Energy Infrastructure

Press Release, U.S. Department of Energy Washington, D.C. – Today (Sept. 12), the Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing awards of up to $50 million to DOE’s National Laboratories to support early stage research and development of next-generation tools and technologies to further improve the...

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DOE report blames natural gas for closures

Hannah Northey and Peter Behr , E&E News Summary A long-awaited Energy Department staff report on electricity markets and reliability singles out natural gas — not renewables or environmental regulations — as the leading driver of coal plant closures in this decade, challenging the...

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CHP for Health Care

Summary This provides an overview of CHP TAPs and other available federal resources. It takes a deep dive into CHP in hospitals. Speaker Cliff Haefke, US DOE Technical Assistance Partnership #2016 #NorthAmerica #CHP #AnnualConference #PolicyandRegulation #ConferenceProceeding ...


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NREL Announces Partnership with Panasonic and Xcel Energy

Press Release, Power Magazine July 21, 2017 Project Optimizes Denver’s Peña Station NEXT Net-Zero Energy Development The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is partnering with Panasonic Corporation and Xcel Energy to simulate and optimize the energy...

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Department of Energy Releases Updated Combined Heat and Power Installation Database

Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy July 19, 2017 Summary The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Advanced Manufacturing Office announced today the release of the updated Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Installation Database, a database that contains...

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Microgrid Controller Initiatives

Dan Ton and Jim Reilly, IEEE Power & Energy Magazine July/August 2017 Summary The microgrid is a concept for which the controller is the defining and enabling technology. Indeed, the microgrid may be defined as the resources—generation, storage, and loads— within a boundary that are...

IEEE Power Energy_DOE Program.pdf

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Energy Department Announces up to $4 Million for Geothermal Deep Direct-Use Feasibility Studies

Southeast Green July 11, 2017 Summary The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today up to $4 million in funding for six geothermal Deep Direct-Use (DDU) research projects to conduct feasibility studies of large scale, low-temperature deep-well geothermal systems and cascaded surface...