10 Most Read Microgrid Knowledge Stories for the First Half of 2018

July 3, 2018
Here’s a look at the top 10 most read Microgrid Knowledge stories for the first half of 2018. What captured the most attention? Microgrid costs, microgrid clusters, utility microgrids, airport microgrids, military microgrids, solar microgrids and energy storage.

Here’s a look at the top 10 most read Microgrid Knowledge stories for the first half of 2018. What captured the most attention? Microgrid costs, microgrid clusters, utility microgrids, airport microgrids, military microgrids, solar microgrids and energy storage. Also, note that articles 4 and 8 have been topping our charts since 2016.

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  1. Power-to-Gas in Microgrids: Competitive with Batteries?

Power-to-gas, a technology that converts excess renewable energy to gases that can be stored, is cost-competitive with lithium-ion batteries in microgrids, according to Matt Gregori, technology development manager, Southern California Gas.

  1. What Will Become of the Electric Utility in the Age of Microgrids?

What’s an electric utility? Better yet, what will it become? Those questions nag utilities — and their competitors — as technology disrupts the century-old power industry. Microgrids, electric vehicles, distributed energy resources (DERs), energy storage, the prosumer, blockchain will either upend utilities — or bring them new opportunity — depending on how you look at it.

  1. Welcome to the Evolution. Utilities Prepare for the Age of the Microgrid

Utilities say they want to develop microgrids — or partner with those who are — but are frustrated with a regulatory system that dampens utility innovation.

  1. Solar is Good. Solar Microgrids are Better

It’s a surprise to many when they learn that their grid-connected solar panels can _not_ keep the lights on during a power outage.

  1. Avoiding the Fate of Atlanta, Pittsburgh Looks to Build an Airport Microgrid

Pittsburgh wants an airport microgrid. And developers — a lot of them — want to build it. The Allegheny County Airport Authority has received 64 responses to its request for expressions of interest seeking a developer to design, build, own and operate a microgrid at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

  1. Energy Storage Gets Biggest Boost in Years. Thank You FERC

A recent federal ruling is likely to give energy storage its biggest boost in years, and buoy microgrids along the way, by granting storage more access to revenue from competitive wholesale electricity markets.

  1. Special Alert: ComEd Wins Approval for Innovative Microgrid Cluster in Chicago

In a move with far-reaching implications for grid decentralization, Illinois regulators yesterday approved Commonwealth Edison’s cutting-edge microgrid cluster in Chicago. The first utility-scale microgrid cluster in the nation, the $25 million project is expected to demonstrate what some see as an eventual retooling of today’s centralized electric system into a grid-of-microgrids

  1. What Does a Microgrid Cost?

When asked, “What does a microgrid cost?” ABB’s Nathan Adams responds, “What does a house cost?” Just as houses span from builder basic to celebrity mansion, microgrids range in size and sophistication. Or as S&C Electric’s David Chiesa puts it: “If you’ve seen one microgrid…you’ve seen one microgrid.”

  1. Inside a $40M Army Energy Efficiency Project and Microgrid on the Marshall Islands

Johnson Controls has been awarded a $40 million energy conservation contract that includes a remote microgrid on the Marshall Islands, designed to boost resiliency and cut diesel use for the U.S. Army

  1. Can Utilities Rate Base Energy Storage as a Distribution Asset?

Can utilities rate base energy storage as a distribution asset? Texas is now tackling this big question, with the potential to set policy that could have national ramifications.

What are your favorite Microgrid Knowledge stories? Please let us know in comments below or on our LinkedIn Group, Microgrid Knowledge. We appreciate your feedback!

About the Author

Elisa Wood | Editor-in-Chief

Elisa Wood is an award-winning writer and editor who specializes in the energy industry. She is chief editor and co-founder of Microgrid Knowledge and serves as co-host of the publication’s popular conference series. She also co-founded RealEnergyWriters.com, where she continues to lead a team of energy writers who produce content for energy companies and advocacy organizations.

She has been writing about energy for more than two decades and is published widely. Her work can be found in prominent energy business journals as well as mainstream publications. She has been quoted by NPR, the Wall Street Journal and other notable media outlets.

“For an especially readable voice in the industry, the most consistent interpreter across these years has been the energy journalist Elisa Wood, whose Microgrid Knowledge (and conference) has aggregated more stories better than any other feed of its time,” wrote Malcolm McCullough, in the book, Downtime on the Microgrid, published by MIT Press in 2020.

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