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Apr 14, 2014 to Apr 16, 2014 | Atlanta, GA
Apr 28, 2014 | New York, NY

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Microgrid

Rise of the Machines

Who’s afraid of the transactive grid?

Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

Smart grids and nodal markets spark the emergence of a transactional grid. In fact it’s already happened, and we’re just becoming aware.

Profit and the New Normal

Delivering value in a zero-growth market.

Kelly P. Gallant, Timothy P. Porter, Jack Azagury

Disruptive technologies and resource shifts are changing the utility business model. Market factors are driving companies toward four possible paths.

Goldman Sachs Funds $500 Million for U.S. Rooftop Solar Leases

SolarCity raised lease financing from Goldman Sachs to fund more than $500 million in solar power projects ­– an estimated 110 MW in generation capacity – for homeowners and businesses. The agreement was initiated in 2012 and expanded per its initial terms at the end of April. Solar City says the combined lease financing is the largest of its kind announced in the U.S. for homeowners’ rooftops. About 26 MW has already been deployed under the lease program. 

U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin Commission Microgrid at Fort Bliss

U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin officials commissioned the first U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) grid-tied microgrid integrating both renewable resources and energy storage at Fort Bliss, Texas. The project was funded by the DoD’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program.

Economy of Small

How DG and microgrids change the game for utilities.

Michael T. Burr

Energy microgrids have emerged as more than just a curiosity. The technology is improving, costs are falling, and developers are lining up to build projects. How will microgrids overcome the substantial challenges that stand in their way?

Old School Microgrid

Resilience depends more on determination than technology.

By Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

A brutal storm ripped through southwestern Minnesota in April and snapped 2,000 power poles. Worthington Public Utilities kept the lights on with a seat-of-the-pants microgrid.

No Going Back

Free markets are not a fad.

By Michael T. Burr, Editor-in-Chief

Half-hearted deregulation hobbles the forces of supply and demand before they can get out of the gate.

Smaller, Cheaper, and More Resilient

The rationale for microgrids.

Edward N. Krapels and Clarke Bruno

Despite an array of challenges, microgrids are becoming a force in the market. Innovative projects bring greater efficiency and resilience.

Peaceful Coexistence

Independent microgrids are coming. Will franchised utilities fight them or foster them?

Sara C. Bronin and Paul R. McCary

Despite offering a range of benefits, microgrids are proving to be controversial—especially when non-utility owned microgrids seek to serve multiple customers. The biggest battles are taking place in the realm of public policy. But utilities that pursue collaboration rather than confrontation are finding interesting opportunities for profitable investment.

Turning Energy Inside Out

Amory Lovins on negawatts, renewables, and neoclassical markets.

Michael T. Burr

Fortnightly speaks with Amory Lovins about the evolving role of conservation, competition, and distributed resources in the energy industry.

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