Search Results for: community microgrids

Despite challenges, Duke and Honeywell pursue community microgrids in a big way

The challenges of developing community microgrids can be daunting despite their benefits. Sometimes it's hard to engage the community in the idea. Other times, the community is interested but opposes the project if it includes fossil fuel generation. Funding issues stymie some as they struggle with how to express the financial value of … [Read more...]

What 4 things are holding up community microgrids?

Community microgrid projects yield numerous benefits. Some keep police, hospitals, water plants and other critical services running during power outages. Others may serve remote outposts with no other source of reliable electricity. Community microgrids have even saved lives. Because of their impact, community microgrids are often studied. … [Read more...]

PG&E Sees Rise in Utility-Led Community Microgrids with Tariff Change

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) sees more opportunity for community microgrids in its service territory with the approval last month by California regulators of an update to a utility tariff. The California Public Utilities Commission expanded where microgrids that are connected to the utility’s electric distribution system can be … [Read more...]

Australia’s Victorian Government Works with Three Towns on Community Microgrids

Sophie Vorrath of "One Step Off The Grid" describes government plans to explore community microgrids for towns in Victoria, Australia. Some of the Victorian towns that were the hardest hit in the 2019-2020 Black Summer of bushfires have been invited to explore how “energy resilient” microgrids could be used to help keep their communities … [Read more...]

Bringing it Home II: Community Microgrids of the Future

From smart neighborhood blocks to social-minded tribal communities, here’s a look at how to develop and operate community microgrids, and use them as tools to promote community ideals, education and quality of life. In this video, you'll hear from Kate Ringness about SmartBlock's EcoBlock project in Oakland, California. From Todd Rath and … [Read more...]

Is Digital Twin Technology a Game Changer for Community Microgrids?

Steve Hoffman, president and CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, discusses how creating a digital twin may improve regulator, utility and local acceptance of community microgrids. Rising interest in community microgrids Counties and cities are increasingly recognizing the value of community microgrids to enhance community resilience and … [Read more...]

PG&E Gets Nod to Help Locals Build Community Microgrids in California

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) plan for helping local governments and tribes set up community microgrids to protect critical facilities when there are widespread power outages. PG&E’s Community Microgrid Enablement Program, approved March 18, grew out of the commission’s … [Read more...]

UK-Based Energy Cooperative Raises Financing for Solar Community Microgrids

Bristol Energy Cooperative, a UK-based community-owned energy cooperative, is in the process of raising the equivalent of $2.7 million to finance a portfolio of renewable energy projects, including solar powered community microgrids. The organization is raising funds through its seventh community share offer, with a projected 3.5% return on … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids Face Challenges, but Tides are Turning as States Embrace Microgrid Development

Community microgrids are on the rise and growing in popularity. However, in many jurisdictions, various financial, institutional (regulatory and legal), and perceptional barriers present key challenges to community microgrid implementation. That's according to a new white paper from Hoffman Power Consulting. The report points out that to … [Read more...]

10 Lessons Learned from Successful Community Microgrids

Steve Hoffman, CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, describes the best practices that have emerged from successful U.S. community microgrids. These offer a roadmap for the next generation of community microgrids. Despite their many benefits, community microgrids face myriad regulatory, financial, and institutional barriers to implementation. … [Read more...]