Why We Can’t Just Shrug Off Texas’ Extreme Winter

Microgrids and distributed energy resources (DER) can help Texas grapple with climate-induced extreme weather outlined in a new report that calls on state policymakers to better prepare for electricity disasters like February's Winter Storm Uri. Uri knocked out power to two out of three Texans and shut off water to nearly half. The Texas … [Read more...]

Microgrid Improves Lives of Neglected Children on Remote Puerto Rico Mountain

Power outages were no stranger to a home for neglected children located on the top of a mountain in a remote part of Puerto Rico. That changed with the installation of a microgrid in the spring of 2020. At the Hogar Albergue para Niños Jesús de Nazaret facility, frequent outages meant children and staff members had no light, internet access … [Read more...]

Four Scenarios in which On-Site Generation and Microgrids Make Sense

When businesses and industries — especially industries such as mines — are located more than 62 miles from grid connections and require less than 20 MW of power, on-site generation and microgrids make more sense than purchasing from the grid. That’s just one of four scenarios identified by Lux Research in a new report, The Future Role of … [Read more...]

Congressman Jimmy Panetta: Microgrids to Move to Front Line of Climate Fight

Microgrids are not just a revolution in the US, but a reality across the globe, said California Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) in the keynote speech at Microgrid California, a one-day event held yesterday in the San Francisco Bay Area and organized by Microgrid Knowledge. Panetta thanked conference participants for being on the … [Read more...]

Can This One Thing Speed Microgrid Project Development?

Microgrid developers often cite interconnection to the grid as one of the biggest challenges to getting more projects online. For example, in spring 2020, microgrid developers told the California Public Utilities Commission that they can build microgrids quickly — especially to help address shutoffs because of wildfires — but delays in … [Read more...]

Vehicle-to-Grid Programs Give Rise to Mobile Microgrids

In recent years, a few utilities have begun testing vehicle-to-grid (V2G) projects to determine whether electric vehicles (EVs) or EV fleets can support the grid when it’s stressed — making the vehicles into mobile microgrids. The idea is that EVs can serve as mobile microgrids available to help supply power to the grid or reduce power … [Read more...]

Can a ‘Microgrid Gap’ Solution Keep the Power Flowing Until the Real Thing is Built?

California City is looking to attract energy-intensive cannabis growing operations and other businesses, but it is short on power, said Mayor Jeanie O'Laughlin. The city is in talks with Southern California Edison (SCE) about potential solutions. SCE, for its part, is also seeking solutions. “We are working collaboratively with community … [Read more...]

During Earthquakes and Fires, Oregon Military Microgrid Can Serve the Community for 14 Days

In Oregon, earthquakes and fires are the biggest disaster worry, and the Oregon Military Department (OMD) wants to be ready with a newly deployed military microgrid in the city of Dallas that can provide power to the Colonel Nesmith Readiness Center and community members for up to 14 days during outages. After 33 months of preparation, a … [Read more...]

What Are Renewable Energy Communities and How Will They Grow?

The new Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) in Europe establishes a target of 32% renewable energy by 2030, and calls for citizens to help develop renewable energy. As part of that directive, the European Union enables renewable energy communities and self-consumption of renewable energy. Every country in Europe by the end of the year is … [Read more...]

Microgrids Power Through Haiti Earthquake

After a devastating earthquake hit Haiti last week, EarthSpark International temporarily de-energized its 100-kW community microgrid in Les Anglais to check for downed wires and await possible aftershocks. Allison Archambault, president of the nonprofit organization, was terrified that EarthSpark wouldn’t be able to re-energize the microgrid if … [Read more...]