Northern Power Systems, with the support of the Washington Electric Cooperative (WEC), the Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS), and the United States Department of Energy (DOE), will launch the Mad River Park MicroGrid® project. According to Northern Power Systems, the project will serve as a fully operational demonstration of the capability and benefits of clustering tightly integrated, small-scale generation, storage, and distribution technologies, including engines, microturbines, wind turbines, and photovoltaic panels. The system will feature multiple generation storage devices, and will be connected to five commercial and industrial facilities, and up to 12 residences within the service area of the grid.

— by J.J. Siegel

Publication date: 09/15/2003