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Microgrid Keeps the Power Local, Cheap, and Reliable

technology reveiw -- A recently completed distributed energy project at the large, 4,000-inmate Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, California, ties together power from fuel cells, solar panels, wind turbines, and diesel generators—all located at the jail—to form a microgrid that can operate independently of large, centralized power plants. The system keeps the power on when storms take down the grid, which is essential for safety at the maximum security facility, and it's saving the jail about $100,000 a year.

The jail microgrid is one of the largest and most advanced in the United States. It's the latest example of an emerging smart-grid technology that's providing a cleaner, more reliable, and, in some parts of the country, significantly cheaper alternative to the conventional grid. "In many cases, it has


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Submitted Jul 26, 2012 By: NHLiveFree
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RONALD777
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 8:06:34 PM

Sounds like it is working very well.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 9:20:35 PM

Interesting technology.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 6:42:05 PM

Sounds good.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 8:27:22 AM

Lets see how it goes.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 8:17:08 AM

Reputability and reliability are keys to satisfying the public
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 8:16:17 AM

They always talk about the savings but not the cost
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 6:41:54 AM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 2:26:59 AM

The only dependable thing in the list of off-grid items is the diesel generators. The other concepts cost more to build and maintain than the energy value output.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 1:07:05 AM


That's fine, as long as it really saves money as claimed, and the money saved on paying the electric bill doesn't instead get spent on maintenance for the other generating systems.

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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:23:26 AM

Just keep feeding them jail food... all the gas you want will be available!
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:16:53 AM

Put all the jail birds on treadmills... The more they walk/run the more electric they get, lights,a/c,heat, hot water, hot food and TV??? YES make them pay their way, not us...
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:09:21 AM

Hope it is successful.
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:06:47 AM

Cheap ?????? How about maintenance?????
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 12:02:31 AM

The cost will go up and reliability will go down.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:55:48 PM

So long as it is reliable and cost effective. Sounds promising.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:53:17 PM

Working with architects on a new building design. They are already building major buildings that are entirely off the grid.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:52:08 PM

It would be nice if neighborhoods could take advantage of some of these technologies or condos especially here in Florida.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:52:05 PM

GREAT!!! Lets adopt this process and get it into more independent grids as long as it is reliable.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:51:44 PM

A power grid just for a jail! What a concept!
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:49:50 PM

Wish they were in my area
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:49:46 PM

If its successful, maybe the idea could be used at other locations.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:48:43 PM

Okay
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Time will tell the truth.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:46:45 PM

We'll see how long that lasts, the "cheap" part anyway.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:46:31 PM

good for them..
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:43:39 PM

Sounds great, it's just the up front cost that's a killer.

P.S. - Road-Runner, I loved your comment . . . I thought it was very PUNny
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Protest high gas prices--any gas priced over $2.50 per gallon!! picket the 15 highest priced gas stations in your area!! Quit a few Bp and Mobil gas stations even along the expressway are not staying open during the late night hours!! Pretty soon , these stations will be self serve by credit card only with no one in the station at all !! Thus Big Oil will lower expenses--hire less employes-- and make more profit at the expense of the American consumer!!
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Cool.
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We could use all the help we can get managing energy in California.
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More power to them!
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:35:00 PM

Right, right, right, except that all of the alternative energy "experts" on GasBuddy say it can't work.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:33:53 PM

ok
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a security experts nightmare waiting to happen
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cool
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ok
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OKAY
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Untill some hacker throws a wrench in the works!
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I bet the jailbirds are pickled tink.
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in la-la land ??..hahahahahaha..
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Hospitals do it why not prisons?
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:21:58 PM

An interesting article
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:21:44 PM


Thanks for sharing NHLiveFree.

Interesting use of technology that looks forward to a cleaner energy future.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:21:34 PM

I like it!!
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:21:27 PM

Jail birds get cheap energy but everyone else pays through the nose. That's crazy Califonia.
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OOOOH!
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ha ha ha
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Awsumness...
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:17:48 PM

Plus, it not only saves money, it's better on the environment and better for the inhabitants.
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