Latest US Infrastructure Bill Continues to Champion Microgrids, Resilience and Remote Communities

The bipartisan infrastructure bill — which mentions microgrids five times — would pump billions of dollars into the US grid, partly to bolster reliability and resilience. Unveiled Aug. 1, the roughly $1.2 trillion bill is a slimmed down version of legislation floated by the White House in late March. The much-awaited bill includes about … [Read more...]

Sunnyvale, California, and Others in Silicon Valley Exploring Microgrid Projects

Sunnyvale, California, is in the early stages of exploring a microgrid in a planned innovative district to boost energy resilience and meet clean energy goals. A city of about 150,000 people, Sunnyvale is creating an “ecological innovative” district covering close to 1,200 acres in an area called Moffett Park. The Sunnyvale City Council in … [Read more...]

Abilene Eyes Microgrid After Winter Power Outages at Key Water Facilities

After its water system lost power during widespread power outages in mid-February, Abilene, Texas, is considering setting up a microgrid. During Winter Storm Uri, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages most of the state’s electric grid, ordered blackouts that affected about 4.5 million people over five days and led to at … [Read more...]

APA Group Builds Hybrid Microgrid for Australian Mine

APA Group intends to bring a hybrid microgrid online late this year at the Gruyere Gold Mine in Western Australia. The project will increase the installed capacity at the mine to 64 MW from 45 MW, according to APA, an energy infrastructure company based in Sydney, Australia. In the project’s first phase, APA is adding a twelfth … [Read more...]

Form Energy Unveils Low-Cost, Long Duration Battery that Uses Iron and Air

Iron and air are the key ingredients in a long duration battery storage system that Form Energy — the system’s developer — contends can help make emissions-free electricity available for days at a time at a low cost. The Form Energy batteries can run for 100 hours without needing to be recharged, making them ideal for storing energy from … [Read more...]

Hamden, Connecticut, Plans Microgrids to Help Meet Energy Goals

Hamden, Connecticut’s city council approved an energy plan that calls for building microgrids, shifting to renewable energy and slashing overall energy use. The town in south-central Connecticut intends to build its first microgrid by 2025, with another one coming five years later, to bolster its ability to handle tough weather and be more … [Read more...]

Bloom Energy Sues Santa Clara Again for Blocking Fuel Cells

Santa Clara, California, is effectively banning fuel cells to protect its municipal utility from competition, according to a suit filed by Bloom Energy, a fuel cell company. “The city has refused to process the pending applications by deeming them incomplete and demanding that Bloom instead pursue discretionary use permits as required for … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Presses Ahead on Microgrids

Cuyahoga County continues to move ahead with plans to create an electric utility to support microgrid development in northeast Ohio. The Cuyahoga County Council is set to review the legal issues surrounding plans to develop microgrids at a July 20 meeting, according to Mike Foley, director of the county’s sustainability department. Earlier … [Read more...]

Scale Microgrid Solutions Brings Indoor Farm Microgrid Online

Scale Microgrid Solutions brought a 1.75-MW microgrid online for a major indoor farm near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scale Microgrid’s modular microgrid for Fifth Season, a startup indoor farming company, uses 160 kW of photovoltaic solar panels, 200 kW of lithium ion batteries and a 1,200-kW natural gas generator outfitted with advanced … [Read more...]

California Regulators Waive Key Standby Charges for Eligible Microgrids

In a win for microgrid developers, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday suspended a key component of standby charges for eligible microgrids. The July 15 decision to suspend capacity reservation charges is part of the CPUC’s multiphase effort to spur the commercial development of microgrids, with the upcoming phase … [Read more...]