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...]

Welcome, Stranger, to the Real Energy Revolution: Demand Flexibility and Connected Communities

If you asked folks on the street about the energy revolution, they’d probably say something about wind and solar. They'd be a bit behind the times. Renewables were the game changer a decade ago. Today’s insurgent is energy flexibility. Energy flexibility is a software-driven ability imbued within advanced distributed energy resources, such … [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...]

Stationary Fuel Cells Act as a Microgrid Gap Solution

In a new special report series, we explore microgrid gap solutions for those who need immediate reliability while their microgrid is being built. The first  installment introduces the role stationary fuel cells play as a microgrid gap solution. Homeowners and businesses around the United States increasingly understand the value of microgrids … [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...]

Optimization Techniques for MaaS Business Models

A new white paper from Xendee looks at why designing microgrid as a service (MaaS) agreements requires state of the art design methods and comprehensive mathematical optimization techniques. Microgrids are complex systems that integrate different generation sources and deliver a variety of value streams. Plus, every system is different 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...]

California Transportation Authority Proposes Bus Charging Microgrid 

The Santa Clara, California, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) plans to build a microgrid with charging infrastructure to upgrade and fuel its fleet of battery-powered electric buses with a potential $4.68 million in grant money from the California Energy Commission (CEC).  This Northern California project is part of the VTA’s effort to … [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...]