Ameresco and Duke to Build Unusual Floating Solar Microgrid at World’s Largest Military Base

Ameresco, Duke Energy and the military are combining forces to create a unique project at Fort Bragg in North Carolina — a floating solar microgrid.  Floating solar projects — solar panels installed on buoyant structures in a body of water — have been gradually emerging worldwide over the last decade. The technology is still relatively rare … [Read more...]

What Schneider Electric’s Recent Move Reveals about the Microgrid Market

To understand the movement of the microgrid industry, its instructive to watch it's large players, particularly, right now, Schneider Electric. The company has been navigating the industry’s tributaries for the last five years and seems to be signaling it sees an ocean ahead. The signal came in the form of Schneider’s mid-August announcement … [Read more...]

California Opens ‘Diesel Alternative” Discussion in Microgrid Proceeding

California regulators are seeking comment from industry stakeholders on alternatives to diesel generators as part of an ongoing microgrid proceeding (19-09-009). The California Public Utilities Commission seeks comment by September 18. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), had originally planned to develop … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Approves Utility Plan with Microgrid Mandate

After two years of debate and planning, Puerto Rico finally appears positioned to re-create its electric grid with microgrids and renewable energy, mandated in a new utility integrated resource plan (IRP). The mandate came from the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau, the island’s chief energy regulator, in late August. Utility IRPs are guiding … [Read more...]

Siemens Creates Living Lab in Princeton, NJ to Demonstrate Microgrids

Siemens, one of the largest companies in the microgrid arena, has created a living lab at its US technology headquarters in Princeton, N.J. to demonstrate how similar facilities can use microgrids. The microgrid includes solar photovoltaics, battery storage, electrical power infrastructure, building management systems and microgrid control … [Read more...]

How Government Support Can Work Against Microgrids

Distributed energy resources make up the bulk of any microgrid. So incentives for DERs will mean more microgrids, right? Not necessarily, says Peter Asmus, research director at Guidehouse, who explains his new research on DERs in microgrids. As a bonus, Asmus also offers insight into Covid-19's impact on the microgrid market in this interview with … [Read more...]

SparkMeter Expands Emerging Market Play with $12M in Financing

Microgrid operators in emerging markets often struggle with electricity and revenue loss because of non-payment, load management challenges, and poor customer service. To address this, SparkMeter, which offers grid management solutions, is expanding its emerging market play with $12 million in new financing. The Series A financing was led by … [Read more...]

Enchanted Rock to Install Largest Water Pumping Microgrid in US

Enchanted Rock, a Texas-based microgrid company, today announced a deal with the City of Houston to build the largest microgrid yet for a water pumping plant. The 30-MW microgrid will serve the city’s Northeast Water Purification Plant (NEWPP) Expansion facility, a new project scheduled to be completed in spring 2022. The Houston project … [Read more...]

On Cue, Blackouts Roll Across California after Google and Others Press for More Microgrids

As if to underscore the point, power blackouts rolled across California late last week right after dozens of  stakeholders urged state regulators to push harder to get more microgrids built. Hundreds of thousands of Californians lost power Friday and Saturday night when electric demand exceeded supply because of extreme heat. Utilities imposed … [Read more...]

Local Governments Want Communities — not Utilities — to Control Microgrids in California

A coalition representing 14 cities and 23 counties in California this week urged state regulators to give communities a chance to control community microgrid pilots and not restrict them to utilities. The Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LG) said the state’s current “top down” approach — which puts utilities in charge of … [Read more...]