Navy Sets Two-Week Off-Grid Goals for Key Installations 

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In a move that could spur more military microgrid projects, the Department of Navy has adopted a resilience policy to enable key installations to go off-grid for at least two weeks by late 2025. The US Navy and Marines Corps aims to have “assured energy whenever and wherever it’s required,” according to the Installation Energy Resilience … [Read more...]

Research RFP for Lead Battery Use in Energy Storage, Microgrids

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The Consortium for Battery Innovation has issued a request for research proposals looking at how lead batteries can be used for energy storage for various applications, including microgrids. “As a newer application for lead batteries, research into field and laboratory tests for energy storage systems is essential to gain deeper insights … [Read more...]

Cost Savings Drives Decision to Install Microgrid at California Wastewater Treatment Plant

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The McKinleyville Community Services District in northern California has selected Ameresco to build a $2 million microgrid at a wastewater treatment plant. While California has seen a wave of microgrid projects in response to wildfire-related power outages, the McKinleyville project is driven by a desire to cut electricity costs. The … [Read more...]

Update: Senate Energy Bill with Implications for Microgrid Projects Stalls over Unrelated Issue

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Sweeping energy legislation with implications for microgrid development stalled this week in the US Senate over a dispute on limiting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), an unrelated issue. It appeared the bipartisan American Energy Innovation Act was set for a quick vote after its was introduced in late February by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, … [Read more...]

US Senate Debates Energy Bill that Could Affect Microgrid Development

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The US Senate is debating broad-based energy legislation that could affect microgrid development, partly through funding for energy storage and renewable energy programs. The American Energy Innovation Act was introduced in late February by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., after a year of hearings on scores of energy … [Read more...]

New California Bill Would Fund Critical Microgrids for Vulnerable Populations

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California lawmakers are considering a bill that would fund critical microgrids to help municipalities and others deal with power outages. S.B. 1215 was recently introduced by Sen. Henry Stern, a Democrat and the lead sponsor of S.B. 1339, which launched a current effort by the California Public Utilities Commission to take steps to support … [Read more...]

Noresco Lands Contract to Expand Navy Microgrid under $83.1M ESPC

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Noresco will expand a Navy microgrid at a submarine base in Groton, Connecticut, under an $83.1 million energy savings performance contract. The main part of the project involves expanding the on-site cogeneration capacity and microgrid system at the Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE NLON). During grid outages, the measures will support … [Read more...]

Maryland Agency Offers Grants for Microgrid, DG Planning

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The Maryland Energy Administration has launched a pilot grant program to help municipalities and other organizations plan microgrid and distributed energy projects. “MEA recognizes that the costs incurred in designing successful projects can be significant, and also that well-engineered and analyzed plans lead to shovel-ready designs which … [Read more...]

EDF Renewables Installs Microgrid at Headquarters to Save Money

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EDF Renewables North America has installed a microgrid at its headquarters in San Diego that the company expects will save it millions of dollars over the life of the project, partly through lowered energy and demand charges. The new microgrid comes amid a surge in microgrid development in California, partly driven by efforts to ease the … [Read more...]

Snohomish County PUD Moves Forward on Microgrid

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Construction has started on the next phase of a $12 million microgrid project being developed by Snohomish County Public Utility District in Washington state. The Arlington microgrid is designed to provide grid resiliency while also integrating renewable energy, according to the Everett, Washington-based public power utility.  The microgrid … [Read more...]