Local leaders and many residents say they like the idea of nurturing clean energy technology in Bronzeville, and hope a planned microgrid can be a springboard for related community-driven projects.
Of the many provisions of the massive energy bill signed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, one that would have helped further fund advanced grid technology in the state didn’t make the cut.
Inside a glassy new five-story building in Bloomington, Minnesota, workers are putting the final touches on the OATI Microgrid Technology Center, which features solar panels, wind turbines, a combined heat and power plant and energy storage.
A new study suggests that microgrids – a rarity in today’s power sector – will evolve to become a vital component of the 21st-century grid.
More than 100 years after alternating current became the standard for electricity transmission, direct current is enjoying a revival of sorts at an Illinois Institute of Technology project.
Patrons of a Minnesota winery will be sipping reislings and reds next fall under lights powered by a microgrid if all goes according to a plan developed by the University of St. Thomas.
For decades, polar explorer and climate change activist Will Steger had the idea of building an off-the-grid conference center next to his tiny wilderness cabin outside of Ely.
Utility executives, who generally have resisted the incursion of distributed energy into their systems, seem to be embracing the prospect of more microgrids coming online.