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Inside Boston's Smart Utilities Program, which plans to update the city's infrastructure and be more sustainable

Insider Summary When Boston's Smart Utilities Program pilot was approved in 2018, then-Mayor Martin J. Walsh said it would "move Boston closer to becoming a 'smart city' by working with the private sector to implement new technologies that will benefit our entire city." "We...


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Footprint Project Sends Solar Cavalry to Hurricane Ida Outages in Louisiana

Digital Journal Summary Nearly a week after Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday, August 29, over 700,000 residents in Louisiana are still without power. Gas shortages in the region are leaving even those with access to generators sweltering and in the dark. An emerging...


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In Hurricane Stricken New Orleans, a Solar Microgrid Kept the Lights on in This Apartment Building for Low Income Vets

Good News Network Summary Another hurricane, another power outage? In the state of Louisiana, one apartment complex is keeping the lights on—a beacon of hope in New Orleans. St. Peter Residential, which opened one month before the pandemic began, built in that emergency functionality...


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There's more to a greener grid than turbines and transmission wires

The Hill Summary As President Biden ’s ambitious infrastructure plan winds its way through Congress, many are hoping that the billions of dollars targeted at modernizing the nation’s electricity infrastructure will prevent another Texas-style electrical grid failure. While the $100...


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Hybrid Power Plants & Flexibility — The Future Of The Grid

CleanTechnica Summary Imagine an electric grid powered by clean, renewable energy. Now imagine that this grid provides all the comfort and convenience consumers have come to expect as well as grid reliability and resiliency services that are similar to—or better than—conventional plants....


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Biden Administration Commits Historic $3.46 Billion in Hazard Mitigation Funds to Reduce Effects of Climate Change

FEMA Summary President Biden approved more than $3.46 billion to increase resilience to the impacts of climate change nationwide. This significant investment will be available for natural hazard mitigation measures across the 59 major disaster declarations issued due to the COVID-19 global...


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New project sees ANU embrace Eurobodalla’s big ideas for microgrids

about regional Summary As was sadly proven by the tragic events of the Black Summer bushfires, the NSW South Coast, like many regional communities, is incredibly vulnerable to fires and power outages. A new project will see Australian National University (ANU) researchers and local...


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New ‘Microgrid’ At Pittsburgh International Airport Is A Big, Green Infrastructure Success

Forbes Summary Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) reached a milestone in July when it took itself completely off the local power grid, establishing its own microgrid based on on-site natural gas wells, as well as solar power. In doing so, PIT not only insulates itself from power...


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PUD’s experimental solar power microgrid is ready to go live

Herald.net Summary Solar power, batteries, cars that can charge buildings, a self-sustaining energy grid. Snohomish County PUD’s $12 million microgrid is a clean energy experimenter’s dream. And it’s a tool that could one day become useful in the face of natural disasters, predicted...


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A new Austin community will come standard with Tesla solar panels and batteries

Quartz Summary Elon Musk is continuing to grow his footprint in Texas by installing the latest version of Tesla’s solar roof on thousands of new homes. In early July, developers in Austin announced an entire neighborhood will be built with the third version of Tesla’s solar roof...