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...]

Why fixing the electric grid is not enough

In the third article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Think Microgrid, we explore why fixing the grid alone will not ensure electric reliability or energy equity.  While there is little doubt that the grid needs to be improved, it is clear that an exclusive large-scale, centralized approach is no longer … [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...]

Top 10 microgrid white papers of 2021 — Funding and building microgrids for resiliency

COVID-19 continued to disrupt life and the energy industry in 2021. In the face of a global pandemic, we've also seen greater threats to our energy grid from wildfires in California and intense storms along our southern and eastern coasts.  In light of these challenges, who better to turn to for expert advice and strategies than microgrid and clean … [Read more...]

Microgrid-powered facility in Wisconsin produces renewable natural gas for California

Powering an anaerobic digester project with a renewable microgrid has transformed the economics of biogas at a newly commissioned plant in Wisconsin. The facility is turning organic waste from more than 4,000 dairy cows into renewable natural gas and injecting it into a natural gas pipeline for use as a transportation fuel in … [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...]

Three big microgrid reveals from 2021 to consider

Surprise! This is not an article about wildfires, storms and other grid calamities that drove the microgrid market in 2021. They did. But you already know that. So let’s talk about the less obvious but intriguing microgrid trends and indicators the year revealed. 1 “You cannot do zero carbon without microgrids.”   Yokogawa Electric … [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...]

Tier 4 Final Diesel Engines: Debunking Myths and Setting the Record Straight

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) most recent regulations on clean air standards, known at Tier 4 Final, require significant reductions in nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter over previous tiers, which impacts microgrid operators and others that use diesel generators for standby power. A new white paper from Volvo Penta debunks … [Read more...]

There’s a Role for Renewable Fuels in Microgrids Today — and Increasingly in the Future

David Lewis, vice president of alternative fuels for Ameresco, shares insights on how renewable fuels can be one of a variety of solutions used to achieve decarbonization goals. We cannot deny the strain that extreme weather and climate events are placing on the electric grid — from Winter Storm Uri in Texas last winter and wildfires in … [Read more...]