Entergy’s ‘Power Through’ offers a formula to settle who pays for microgrids

Deciding who pays for microgrids that benefit some utility customers more than others — as well as the utility — is a thorny topic. Should these microgrids be rate-based, and if so, should the total cost be rate-based? What’s the value of resiliency-as-a-service to individual customers and the utility as a whole? Some argue that customers … [Read more...]

What’s getting in the way of microgrids in Michigan?

Michigan wants more microgrids, but it won’t be easy, according to a state report. The Michigan Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) staff laid out the state’s microgrid deployment challenges in "Michigan Power Grid: Making the Most of Michigan’s Energy Future" — a document that echoes issues raised in other states. The report is part of a … [Read more...]

What 4 things are holding up community microgrids?

Community microgrid projects yield numerous benefits. Some keep police, hospitals, water plants and other critical services running during power outages. Others may serve remote outposts with no other source of reliable electricity. Community microgrids have even saved lives. Because of their impact, community microgrids are often studied. … [Read more...]

Why do data center operators choose diesel backup over cleaner microgrids?

Operators of data centers — which consume high amounts of electricity per square foot of space — generally choose diesel backup systems over cleaner microgrids, sticking to the tried and true and believing that diesel provides the best reliability option. But that conservative choice yields emissions of carbon and particulates and misses … [Read more...]

More electric vehicles mean more utility microgrids

Policy, economic and environmental issues are expected to dramatically boost demand for electric vehicles (EVs), a phenomenon that is spurring more utility microgrids. In fact, three utilities — Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Portland General Electric (PGE) and Florida Power and Light (FPL) — have plans to deploy microgrids to take … [Read more...]

Here comes the future: Bronzeville ‘microgrid cluster’ set to begin operating this year

Commonwealth Edison’s (ComEd) Bronzeville Community Microgrid is a much-watched project that, for the first time in the US, creates a utility microgrid cluster, in this case by linking with the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) microgrid. This means that during an outage, IIT’s microgrid and the Bronzeville microgrid can both island … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico’s utility needs to act on solar, storage and microgrids, says industry group

A solar and storage advocacy group in Puerto Rico wants the island's utility to get moving on required investments in solar, storage and microgrids as ordered by regulators. The Solar and Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico (SESA) said the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) needs to push forward to meet the island's aggressive … [Read more...]

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...]