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Smart grid wins: Checking in with the latest projects and developments

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid companies
This week’s collection of smart grid wins features news from companies large and small, well-known and not so well-known. Read the story for an overview of an array of projects in addition to two new partnerships for Riello UPS and Itron.

The utility that wants to build microgrids for customers (should you do the same?)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, policy and regulation, smart grid strategy, electric utilities
Some utilities think of microgrids as a threat, although they very well could be a new business opportunity and one of the ways electric service providers help ensure themselves of a sustainable future. Read the story to learn about the approach Central Hudson Gas & Electric is proposing and why.

"We don't need no stinkin' grid" will be the mantra of the developing world, professor says

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, nanogrids, microgrids, renewable energy, developing world, global business
The idea that a traditional centralized electric grid may not be the best way to deliver power to the millions of people in the world who don’t have it is gaining traction. Read the story to learn about a detailed strategy that calls for major business model and policy changes to support deployment of nanogrids and microgrids in regions with no or intermittent power.

State governments pushing cities and utilities to get microgrids

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, transmission, smart grid trends
Microgrids have emerged as yet another hot topic as more and more cities and campuses adopt them to ensure continuous power during outages. And that conversation is a pretty good indicator that utilities should be getting ready for microgrids before they hit prime time.

Another expert writes a requiem for today's "traditional" utilities

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric utility business model, electric utility trends, distributed generation
One view of the future for electric grids and utilities is a scenario that includes two types of distribution utilities, one responsible for maintaining grid operations and another that will sell energy services. Click to read an explanation of one increasingly popular concept of the new utility model: “distribution service operators.”

Want money for microgrids? Try tapping disaster relief. (New Jersey did it.)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, outage restoration, grid resilience, grid optimization
Microgrids can be a practical solution to enhance grid resiliency against threats to the grid, whether they come from superstorms or cyberattacks. The downside? They’re expensive and they don’t have much of a track record. New Jersey, however, has come up with an answer to the cost question others may want to consider.

What we're learning from Europe's first campus-wide microgrid (think cogen)

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Europe has taken microgrids on a different path with its first campus-wide system at Italy’s University of Genoa. It incorporates renewables and storage as American microgrids do, but also features cogeneration, a technology that’s far less common in the U.S. than it is in Europe. The project is worth following because there could be much to learn from it.

Why nanogrids may be bigger than microgrids (in some places it's true already)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, nanogrids, microgrids, grid optimization, electric utilities
Nanogrids don’t get a lot of attention even though they are “big business” compared to microgrids, according to current research. In addition, they could have a significant impact on the future of microgrids and our electric grids. Read the story to learn why.

Want resiliency? Here's how to get it. (New Jersey has already started)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distributed generation, renewable energy, grid resiliency, electric utilities
How to cope with a future of distributed generation has been a major worry for electric utilities. But guest author Michael Panfil explains there could be big benefits in terms of improved grid resiliency. If utilities want to take advantage of the opportunities a distributed future presents, they need to step up and get in the game. Or someone else will.

Proof that fuel cells are starting to catch on

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Smart Grid News ran a story last week reporting that many microgrids would be powered by fuel cells rather than renewables or gas turbines. Some responses made it clear there is skepticism in the energy industry about that point of view. Click for details from another source on how widespread fuel cell technology adoption has become.

Will microgrids be powered by fuel cells instead?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, distributed generation, microgrids, fuell cells
The fuel cell market has had a rough and tumble history but new research suggests the technology could become a preferred source of electric power for microgrids within just a few years. Click to read some of the latest trends identified by Navigant Research.

Honeywell to build Army microgrid (and more smart grid project news)

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Honeywell will build a microgrid for the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, and Landis+Gyr will acquire GRIDiant Corporation. Those are only two examples of the big news stories readers will find in this week’s collection of smart grid wins.

To see the future of electric power, just travel to... Africa?!?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, GE, developing countries
A solar-based microgrid will be built to provide power for an island off Africa’s Equatorial Guinea. It’s an interesting story because it may be a preview of how some areas of the developing world will skip centralized electric grids altogether in favor of solar + storage systems.

Smart grid wins: what a big week for smart grid projects, partnerships and more

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There’s a bit of everything in this week’s smart grid wins roundup, with projects ranging from metering to grid hardening and microgrids to new partnerships for GE and Ventyx, an acquisition for Silver Spring Networks and a new funding opportunity from the Energy Department.

Short on time? Take our quick tour of current smart grid market research

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There’s a wealth of electricity industry and smart grid market research out there, frequently too much to follow. For a quick overview, take a look at a selection of some of the latest research, from trends in customer engagement and microgrids to combined heat and power and cybersecurity.

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