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Military Microgrid at Twentynine Palms Set to Undergo Expansion

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary A 10-MW military microgrid in the California city Twentynine Palms is set to undergo a $7.8 million expansion as part of long-term plan to achieve energy independence. Solar installation at MCAGCC Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center’s (MCAGCC)...


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Interest in Microgrids is Building in the Washington, DC Area

Annette Osso, Resilient Virginia, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Annette Osso, managing director of Resilient Virginia, describes the growing interest in microgrids — a topic that will be explored at a gathering of microgrid and energy storage leaders next week in Washington, D.C. Leaders in...


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“Pax et Lux” – Tufts Lives Up to Its Motto as New Microgrid, Central Energy Plant Nears Completion

Andrew Burger, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Tufts University is among the growing number of Massachusetts-based institutions of higher education contributing to the state’s emergence as a hub and magnet for microgrid development and deployment. Tufts’ motto – Pax et Lux (Peace and...


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Why Microgrids? It’s All in the Name

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary When Steve Jobs released the first iPhone ten years ago, Bloomberg predicated only “a few gadget freaks” would find it appealing. Bloomberg wasn’t alone. Many other reputable analysts failed to foresee the iPhone’s appeal and how this small device...


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Harvard University: A Valedictorian of Microgrids and Distributed Energy

Andrew Burger, Microgrid Knowledge Summary As an early adopter of microgrids and distributed energy, Harvard University continues to lead the way in demonstrating energy security, reliability, sustainability and resilience for higher education. Harvard’s history of producing and distributing...


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Hurricane Harvey Creates New Abnormal for the Electric Grid

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Stories are just beginning to emerge about microgrids and distributed energy systems that are keeping critical services up and running despite Hurricane Harvey’s best efforts to do them in. Flooding at the Texas Medical Center. Courtesy of TECO ...


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Maine Business Park Seeks Partners for Green Microgrid Development

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Brunswick Landing, a business park at a former naval air station in Maine, is looking for an experienced partner to help with microgrid development as part of its larger plan to become a green technology center. Located in Brunswick on the southern...


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Who Uses Microgrids and Why?

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary A range of businesses and institutions now use microgrids to boost electric reliability, green their energy supply, lower costs, improve efficiency and better serve customers or the local citizenry. As the fledgling microgrid industry matures, the...


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Microgrids-as-a-Service: Making Resilient, Efficient and Sustainable Energy a Reality

Philip Barton, Microgrid Knowledge Summary In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Philip Barton, director, Microgrid Competency Center, Schneider Electric, explains how Microgrids-as-a-Service (MaaS) can help pave the way for more resilient and efficient energy sources. Total energy...


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Ameresco Peaking Plant Under Construction in the Philadelphia Navy Yard

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge August 8, 2017 Summary Ameresco, a member of IDEA, has begun work on a 6-MW natural gas-fired peaking plant that will anchor one of the largest private microgrids in the United States, which is located at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of...