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Connecticut to Issue Grants for Microgrid Energy Projects

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is making funds available for a new round of microgrid projects that generate power for facilities such as hospitals and wastewater treatment facilities.

DEEP will accept applications for the program, which provides matching funds and/or low-interest loans, beginning Sept. 1 until Jan. 1.

The microgrid initiative was developed in 2012. It stems from a recommendation from the Governor's Two Storm Panel, a group formed after two major storms that caused widespread electricity outages for long periods of time. DEEP has so far issued $20.5 million in grants for 10 projects. To date, six microgrids are operational and four are under construction.

DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee says microgrids are crucial to making the state's electrical supply more resilient and reliable.

Read the story from NBC Connecticut.

Click here for more information on CT DEEP's microgrid grants.

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Amazon Wind Farm to Help Power Iron Mountain’s Underground Data Centers

Iron Mountain, the company best known for its document storage and data center facilities in underground caverns, has become the fifth major US data center provider to make a big direct investment in renewable energy to power its operations. The company has agreed to buy 10 percent of energy that will be generated by the enormous Amazon wind farm that’s currently under construction in Texas.

As the deal illustrates, big energy users, such as data center operators, can benefit from both energy cost savings that are now possible when making utility-scale power purchase agreements and from helping their customers meet their corporate sustainability goals. Iron Mountain said it expects the deal to help it save $1.5 million in costs and that its renewable energy efforts to date are helping it open new doors with customers.

“We’ve discovered that it’s also helping us to open meaningful dialogue and collaboration opportunity with our customers who are seeking to understand and mitigate their own environmental impact,” Ty Ondatje, senior VP of corporate responsibility and chief diversity officer at Iron Mountain, said in a statement.

Representatives from multiple major data center providers have said that big collocation customers are increasingly interested in data center services powered by renewable energy. A recent survey of collocation customers by Data Center Knowledge confirmed that renewable energy is playing a growing role in companies’ decision making when it comes to selecting data center providers.

Source: Iron Mountain

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Energize CT Accepting Entries for 7th Annual Zero Energy Challenge

Participants compete to prove high efficiency homes are achievable with current technology.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – June 9, 2016 – Energize Connecticut partners, Eversource, The United Illuminating Company (UI), Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas are now accepting entries for the 7th annual Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge (ZEC), a statewide design/build competition for single and multi-family homes. 

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Storing Energy and Mitigating Cooling Costs with Ice

GBIG Insights


Alot of attention in the booming energy storage market is focused on battery technology. Batteries are dominant across a range of applications, and more than anything, decreasing battery prices are driving storage adoption. But a number of other approaches – including pumped hydro, flywheels, and thermal storage -- can complement batteries or fill market niches just as effectively, if not more.

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