California bills aim to help communities create resilience, cut emissions with microgrids and DERs

With big leaps in the use of diesel generators in California, The Climate Center and Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, want to take action with microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) so they are doubling down this year on winning passage of the Community Energy Resilience Act, SB 833. Use of backup generators has increased in the San … [Read more...]

Optimizing resilience in microgrids to address outages, emergencies

Efforts to optimize resilience in microgrids involve evaluating a number of factors, among them available generating resources, location of the proposed microgrid, the likelihood of outages and the status of the existing distribution system. That’s the word from two national laboratories that have separately developed tools and conducted studies to … [Read more...]

California senior community persists on microgrid

If persistence can win the day, the Oakmont Village Association, a community of seniors in a fire-prone region of Oakmont, California, may be the role model when it comes to building a community microgrid. We first reported on the group's efforts in 2020 when, frustrated with utility outages, the seniors decided to take matters into their … [Read more...]

Are Second Life EV Batteries Game Changers for Microgrid Owners and the Grid?

Second life electric vehicle batteries can lower costs and provide environmental benefits to microgrid owners and utilities. But getting them up and running at a reasonable cost isn’t always easy. Here’s what happens with electric vehicle  batteries before they find new lives: They’re generally retired after about 10 years, leaving up to … [Read more...]

Where’s the Resilience? California’s Climate Strategy Found Lacking

The current draft of the California Climate Adaptation Strategy fails to mention power outages and doesn’t suggest distributed energy resources (DER) and microgrids as resilience measures, say several stakeholders. The draft aims to accelerate climate adaptation movement in the state and identify how state agency measures can fit together to … [Read more...]

What Can We Learn from Indigenous Communities about Microgrids?

In Canada, indigenous community members, developers and utilities work together to maximize the potential of microgrids to combat climate change, with indigenous communities often owning a share in the projects. The US government, policymakers and the microgrid industry could model this approach to fight climate change and strike … [Read more...]

Trends Creating Tail Winds for the Microgrid Industry

“All winds are blowing in the direction of microgrids,” said Annette Clayton, CEO of Schneider North America in an interview with Microgrid Knowledge this week. The interview followed Schneider Electric's Innovation Summit North America 2021, a Nov. 10 teleconference that focused on energy resilience and sustainability. Speakers identified … [Read more...]

Study Identifies What Customers are Willing to Pay for Resilient Microgrids

A study from the University of Delaware of about 900 New York state consumers found they’re willing to pay an average of $14 per month for access to resilient microgrids that provide emergency services and potable water to communities during outages. The study, "Willingness to Pay for Microgrids to Enhance Community Resilience," provides … [Read more...]

In Unique Deal, California Utility Places Monetary Value on Microgrid Use to Help Avert Crises

In a move that recognizes the value of clean microgrid power to avert grid emergencies, California utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar inked a deal under which Miramar would provide generation from its microgrid during September and October 2021 to help avert emergencies. The deal, … [Read more...]

Living Lab Demystifies the Challenges of Installing and Operating Microgrids

Siemens’ living lab in Princeton, N.J., aims to demystify the challenges of installing and operating microgrids and show potential microgrid adopters the path to a carbon-neutral future. The lab's microgrid, located in the company’s US technology headquarters, has been operating for about a year and includes solar photovoltaics (PV), battery … [Read more...]