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Behind the meter: Duquesne Light and Peoples duke it out over utility rates, regulators and more

Anya Litvak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Summary Last month, when California regulators decreed that every new house built in that state shall be topped with solar panels, David Fisfis took notice. “In theory, Duquesne Light would like to be in support of [something like] that,” said the utility...

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UK energy centre gets loadbank for microgrid testing

Tildy Bayar, Decentralized Energy Summary Loadbank manufacturer Crestchic has supplied a 300 kVA restive/reactive loadbank to the UK’s University of Chester. The loadbank will be used as part of the campus microgrid and to replicate variable loads for the associated Energy Centre,...

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Pittsburgh Steps Up City-Scale Microgrid Initiative

Andrew Burger, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Pittsburgh, which hopes to eventually develop a grid of microgrids, continues to evolve as a center of energy innovation with about 20 distributed energy, nanogrid and microgrid projects now emerging in the Pennsylvania city. “We identified promising...

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Puerto Rico Issues Final Microgrid Rules as Hurricane Season Looms

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Puerto Rico regulators on Friday issued final microgrid rules to help boost development, as the island continues to struggle to recover from last September’s island-wide power outage following Hurricane Maria. The rules (CEPR-MI-2018-0001) arrived...

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Con Edison CEO: Smart Meters, Technology and Renewables Will Improve Service to Customers

Press Release, Globe Newswire NEW YORK, May 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Consolidated Edison, Inc., (Con Edison) (NYSE: ED ) Chairman and CEO John McAvoy told a shareholder audience that smart meters, technology investments, and increased integration of renewables will improve service to...

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Factsheet: The Need for Standby Rate Reform to Support CHP Deployment

Summary Though combined heat and power (CHP) systems are known for their ability to operate in “island mode” independently of the central grid, they occasionally need to interconnect for supplemental or backup power during either scheduled or unscheduled outages. Utilities implement standby...


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Massachusetts Rejects Smart Meter Rollout for 'Weaknesses in the Business Case'

Robert Walton, Utility Dive Summary The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities on Thursday threw cold water on utility plans to install smart meters , noting in an order that the proposals "revealed weaknesses in the business case for advanced metering functionality." The DPU ordered...

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Securing our energy through microgrids

Michael Behrmann, New Hampshire Business Review Summary Our modern age of connectivity provides limitless opportunities for us to easily connect with one another for purposes of communication, commerce and just about anything you can imagine. While the benefits of this connectivity have...

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The MRC Submits Comments to FERC for the new "Resilience Docket"

Microgrid Resources Coalition Washington DC, 9 May, 2018 - Today the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the new docket – “Grid Resilience in Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators ...

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Shell Gobbles Up Another Grid Edge Company

Emma Foehringer Merchant, Green Tech Media Summary Microgrid company GI Energy announced this week that Shell New Energies would acquire a majority stake in the company for an undisclosed amount. This marks Shell’s sixth investment or acquisition of a company working on the grid edge since...