Proposals Due Dec. 4 for US Building Tech Solicitation

The General Services Administration (GSA), which manages federal property, and the Department of Energy (DOE) are seeking proposals for emerging technologies that can maintain healthy indoor air, increase building resilience and improve onsite photovoltaics in commercial buildings. The GSA and DOE plan to use selected technologies from the … [Read more...]

PG&E Taps Michigan Utility Exec to Lead Company

PG&E, California's largest utility, selected Patti Poppe to lead the company after it emerged from bankruptcy and is under pressure to bolster grid resilience in the face of wildfire threats. Poppe is a long-time utility executive at CMS Energy, based in Jackson, Michigan, and its utility subsidiary Consumers Energy, which has about 6.7 … [Read more...]

California Awards $3.5 Million for Microgrid at Frito-Lay Food Processing Plant

The California Energy Commission has awarded Frito-Lay a $3.5 million grant to build a solar-powered microgrid at a food processing facility in a project the agency is touting as a model for the industry. The microgrid will be installed at a snack food processing facility in Rancho-Cucamonga, California, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions … [Read more...]

Clean Energy Stimulus Spending Could Jump Start Growth, Report Finds

With Congress eyeing another coronavirus economic package, a new report finds that federal economic stimulus spending on clean energy, including microgrids, electric vehicles and energy storage, could jump start a surge in economic growth.  So far, the clean energy sector has been left out of the federal COVID-19 stimulus, but an incoming … [Read more...]

Bracing for Multiple-Day Outages, Another California City Advances Microgrid Project

Another California community is moving ahead with a microgrid project, this one the city of Camarillo, which plans microgrids at five key city facilities in a move aimed at bolstering reliability while lowering electricity costs. Four of the projects include backup diesel generators coupled with solar and battery storage. One project  … [Read more...]

NJ Transit Switches to Renewables for Microgrid, Plans Nov. 25 Solicitation

The New Jersey Transit Corp., called NJ Transit, dropped plans to include a 140-MW natural gas power plant in one of the country’s largest microgrid projects in an effort to have it run entirely on renewable resources. The issue centers on the NJ Transitgrid, a $577 million microgrid designed to provide reliable service on a key portion of … [Read more...]

Emera Technologies Unveils Plug-and-Play Neighborhood Microgrid Geared for Utilities

Emera Technologies has developed a residential, plug-and-play microgrid system called BlockEnergy that is designed to be owned and operated by utilities – a sector in search of a way to offer microgrids that works within its business structure. Set to be installed in a housing development in Tampa, Florida, the system aligns with major trends in … [Read more...]

Southern California Water District Plans Four Microgrids at Key Facilities

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is moving ahead with plans to build microgrids at three water treatment plants and a pumping station. The water district’s board on October 13 approved the projects, a move needed to nail down $10.3 million in incentives from the California Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) … [Read more...]

US House Bill Offers $1.5 Billion in Clean Energy Microgrid Grants

A new federal program would offer $1.5 billion in grants for clean energy microgrids under a bill introduced in the House of Representatives. The bill aims to help fund clean energy microgrids for critical infrastructure, with a focus on low-income communities and communities of color. The Energy Resilient Communities Act is designed to … [Read more...]

US DOE Opens Application Process for $65M in Connected Communities Funding

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is now accepting applications for $65 million in Connected Communities funding, which support projects that show how groups of buildings combined with distributed energy resources, including microgrids, can act as grid resources. The DOE plans to select a portfolio of grid‐interactive efficient building … [Read more...]