California microgrid developers gain important interconnection certainty: ‘a big step’

Distributed energy resource (DER) and microgrid developers in California and across the country want certainty about their options for — and chances of — interconnecting to the grid. For years, they’ve struggled with uncertainty that leads to increased costs and causes delays. The developers have had to put their solar projects through an … [Read more...]

A new mobile nanogrid that needs neither grid nor gas station

After Hurricane Katrina hit the southeastern US in August 2005 — causing more than 1,800 deaths — Lauren Flanagan, CEO and co-founder of nanogrid maker Sesame Solar, decided she had to do something to address the human toll of climate disasters. “When you have a Katrina-like catastrophe, the government sends out fossil solutions,” she said. But … [Read more...]

RECs or green microgrids? What’s the better way to achieve ESG goals?

With the value of renewable energy certificates (RECs) being challenged, green microgrids and on-site energy are being eyed as a better way to achieve not only sustainability goals but also resilience. A new study published in Nature finds that corporate REC purchases aren’t likely to prompt additional renewable energy production, which is … [Read more...]

For storage, solar and microgrid industries, Biden’s solar tariff inquiry extension is good news

President Biden’s decision last week to delay a disruptive solar tariff inquiry from the US Department of Commerce for two years and boost US solar production came as a relief to the storage, solar and microgrid industries. Members of these industries said they were seeing higher prices, long delays and less investment that threatened the … [Read more...]

Top states for microgrid policy activity? New Think Microgrid report scores them

California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Texas score as the top states for microgrid policy activity, with Puerto Rico also listed in the top tier, according to a new report by Think Microgrid. The state policy assessment marks the first time "any organization has looked specifically at the policy landscape for … [Read more...]

DER and microgrid companies poised to help as summer heat threatens the US grid

With grid operators signaling that that the summer could bring power shortfalls, companies that pool together resources such as residential and commercial solar, storage and microgrids are poised to jump in and provide grid flexibility in an effort to keep the lights on. The Washington Post recently described the electric grid as "wheezing" … [Read more...]

Congressman Casten: Microgrid owners need to get paid for the value they create

When ISO New England (ISO-NE), a grid operator, developed its first forward capacity markets in the early 2000s, US Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill. — then an energy developer — built a cogeneration plant in northern Vermont that yielded savings for the plant owners and the ISO by cutting peak demand on the system. During a press interview at the time, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge names Greater Good Award winners at Microgrid 2022

The 2022 winners of the Microgrid Knowledge Greater Good Awards provide for night time studying, streetlights and entertainment in India, resilience during natural disasters and public safety power shut offs (PSPS) at a college in California, vaccinations and power for critical medical equipment at a medical facility in the Himalayas and … [Read more...]

Alaska looks to microgrids as it transitions away from an oil economy

Traditionally dependent on an oil economy, Alaska is looking to renewables and microgrids to generate wealth, cut energy costs, boost resilience and transition away from fossil fuels. The Port of Alaska, Homer Electric and others are developing new microgrids or upgrading existing fossil-fueled microgrids with renewables and storage. “As a … [Read more...]

Economic trends converge to make microgrids more attractive

Demand for microgrids is accelerating as a convergence of industry, government and economic trends work in the technology's favor, according to industry experts recently interviewed by Microgrid Knowledge. These price-dampening trends come at a fortuitous time, given the impact of inflation and supply chain disruptions on the wider energy … [Read more...]