Congressional Committee Authorizes Microgrid at Ohio Air Base

The National Defense Authorization Act, which is moving through the US House of Representatives, allocates $4.7 million to set up a military microgrid at a military-civil airport in Ohio. The House Armed Services Committee approved the $768 billion bill for fiscal year 2022 on Sept. 2, sending it to the House floor for a vote. Tucked in the … [Read more...]

What Role Do Microgrids Play in the Biden Administration’s 40% Solar Vision?

A new Department of Energy (DOE) report, which finds that solar could account for about 40% of the US electricity supply by 2035, offers a vision of the role microgrids would play on an increasingly renewable grid. “We can no longer look at solar technologies in isolation — we must look at how they interact with the full energy system,” Becca … [Read more...]

Microgrid Advocates Push Back as Utility Challenges Standby Rate Change

Responding to a utility rehearing request, microgrid advocates are urging California regulators to uphold their decision to slash a major part of standby charges for eligible microgrids, highlighting the role microgrids play in protecting Californians as utilities shut down power to prevent wildfires. The issue, now before the California … [Read more...]

What Are the Best Locations for Microgrids? Hawaii Is Mapping Them.

In an effort to spur microgrid development, Hawaiian Electric is working with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and other partners to develop a microgrid map that pinpoints areas across its service territory that are ideal for the technology. Project developers can use the map to contact potential microgrid participants and work with … [Read more...]

California Utility Tests Linear Generator to Reduce Diesel Use at Napa County Microgrid

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is deploying a 240-kW linear generator at a distribution system microgrid to see if the emerging technology can be used to reduce the use of diesel generators during emergencies or public safety power shutoffs (PSPS). Using an energy-as-a-sevice model, NextEra Energy Resources installed the linear … [Read more...]

PowerSecure, Endeavour Partner on Plug-and-Play Energy Router

PowerSecure, a microgrid company, and Endeavour, a sustainable infrastructure company, have partnered on a plug-and-play energy router, GridBlock, that can manage power supplies, energy storage and loads across microgrids. An Endeavour product, the router can create and operate a self-contained microgrid. The GridBlock platform combines hardware, … [Read more...]

Utility Asks California Agency to Reverse Decision Waiving Standby Charges for Microgrids

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) this week asked the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to reverse its decision to waive a key component of standby charges for microgrids, saying it creates an illegal cost shift between customer groups. The issue centers on the commission's mid-July decision to suspend the capacity … [Read more...]

California Looks to Bigger, More Complex Microgrids as It Faces Capacity Shortfalls

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) made two big moves on microgrids this week, opening a proceeding to tackle the thorny issue of multiproperty microgrids, while also launching a fast-track investigation into how microgrids can help the state overcome immediate energy capacity shortfalls — a response to an emergency proclamation by … [Read more...]

Endurant Enters High-Tech AG Sector with $30 Million Microgrid

Endurant Energy jumped into the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) sector with a roughly $30 million microgrid project for Bluehouse Greenhouse, a company building a high-tech 62-acre greenhouse in Southern California. Endurant (formerly GI Energy) will own, operate and maintain the 13.2-MW microgrid using an energy-as-a-service (EaaS) … [Read more...]

California Makes Big Move on Solarizing Commercial Buildings

The California Energy Commission has approved first-of-its-kind building standards to spur solar and battery storage — often components in microgrids — in a range of new commercial buildings. Approved unanimously August 11, the standards are set to be considered by the California Building Standards Commission in December and, if approved, … [Read more...]