Mass Communities Can Receive Microgrid Feasibility Studies

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is launching the Community Microgrids Program, seeking to catalyze the development of community microgrids throughout Massachusetts to lower customer energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and provide increased energy resilience.
MassCEC is soliciting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from groups interested in receiving a feasibility assessments for a community microgrid project in Massachusetts. The Request for EOIs will help MassCEC and other stakeholders identify projects which are attractive to the relevant local authorities, electric and/or gas utility, and have a strong likelihood of success.

EOIs are due Friday, June 23, 2017 by 4:00pm.
An informational webinar will be held on June 1 from 2:30 to 3:30 P.M. Please visit the MassCEC website for full details on the Community Microgrids Program EOI.

Island Institute Delegation Visits Microturbine Plant on Monhegan Island

On April 29, we helped our customer the Monhegan Plantation Power District (MPPD) host a large delegation led by the Island Institute as part of the 2017 Island Energy Conference.

This 260kW diesel-fired microturbine array has been powering the island since summer 2016, having replaced an antiquated and polluting generator plant that had been in service since the late 1990’s. 

MPPD needed a low-maintenance and low-emission option to comply with EPA Tier IV requirements, reduce lube oil consumption and maintenance. 

Four Capstone’s C65 Liquid Fuel units in Stand Alone are the backbone of this microturbine-solarPV microgrid.  In the next phase of the project, hot water recovered from the Capstones will be piped to nearby buildings for heating and dehumidification. 

Hats off to MPPD and Island Institute for a great event!

New England Suffers Storm-Related Blackouts...Need for Microgrids Clearer than Ever

This recent article by our friends at Microgrid Knowledge calls for distributed generation as a means to keep the lights on during extreme weather events like this past week’s storms in Rhode Island and Massachusetts where nearly 150,000 lost power, some for as many as four days.

We see the same trend picking up speed in Ontario where we are currently working with dozens of businesses to develop and design microturbine CHP systems capable of standalone power generation when the grid goes down.

Back in the U.S., the Clean Power Plan, recently announced by the Obama Administration, seeks to accelerate deployment of microgrids because distributed generation can not only enhance resiliency, it can also result in decreased emissions because of microgrids’ higher energy efficiency and incorporation of renewable energy.

It’s hard to argue with the benefits of localized, hardened energy infrastructure.  Increasingly, utilities are recognizing that microgrids can be part of their network rather than competition.  This is a welcome and necessary change; we hope it continues and becomes policy for more utilities.

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