If microgrids are the future, how can we future-proof microgrids?

Eric Dupont, chief development officer at PowerSecure, explains how working with a microgrid+ developer can ensure microgrids are future-proof. Over the last few years, microgrid deployments have increased throughout the world. As more and more companies commit to reaching ESG goals and boosting resiliency, we should expect this trend in … [Read more...]

Studying microgrid feasibility in outage-prone Wisconsin

With Wisconsin customers experiencing outages more often due to high winds, winter storms and spring and summer flooding, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has completed microgrid feasibility studies that identify options for a monastery, school, wastewater treatment plant and police department. Jared Leader, director, resilience, SEPA, … [Read more...]

How to meet your corporate commitment to net-zero

Adib Nasle, founder and CEO of Xendee, explains how advanced enterprise software can ease the burden of companies looking to illustrate their commitment to net-zero. Net-zero commitments and sustainability targets are dominating conversations in boardrooms across the U.S. In fact, Board Practice Quarterly found that ‘climate and other … [Read more...]

How this standardized process gets solar microgrids built; community microgrids next

Microgrid developers often lament the lack of standardization in the development process. Now a California non-profit says it has found a model for moving solar microgrids forward based on some successful projects including a microgrid project for the Santa Barbara schools. The Clean Coalition — which seeks to bring clean energy, including … [Read more...]

Look at these microgrid funding options — and think big

A number of federal, state and military programs may provide microgrid funding options, said participants in a recently released video of a Microgrid 2022 panel, “Making Microgrids a Building Block of U.S. Infrastructure and Climate Goals.” But be aware: such funding programs — including climate action plans — don’t necessarily use the word … [Read more...]

Lima Company executive: Economic trends will drive microgrid policy change

In an interview with Microgrid Knowledge's Editor-in-Chief Elisa Wood, Jason Kaplan, vice president for energy services at Lima Company, explains how macroeconomic trends like inflation and rising energy prices will drive microgrid policy changes and present a real opportunity for the microgrid industry. https://vimeo.com/722585126 From inflation … [Read more...]

Winners of 2022 Greater Good Awards offer insight into their microgrid projects: video

The fourth annual Microgrid Greater Good Awards were handed out during the Microgrid 2022 conference in June. The winners each presented their projects during a special session at the conference, which is now available to view for free. https://vimeo.com/731523753 Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges, and awards were granted … [Read more...]

Connecticut calls on utilities to evaluate non-wires alternatives

Connecticut has proposed a series of measures to ensure utilities consider non-wires alternatives, among them incentives, competitive bids from third parties, and a way to evaluate non-wires alternatives against traditional distribution grid investments. Non-wires alternatives — which include microgrids and other distributed energy … [Read more...]

California looks for ways to make it easier to deploy demand flexibility

As debate rages about the causes of grid fragility, especially in places like Texas and California, and renewables get caught in the crossfire, a crucial solution is often ignored: demand flexibility. Instead, politically driven sides call for fewer renewables and more fossil fuels — or more renewables and less fossil fuels. Others point to … [Read more...]

Disasters and outages wake homeowners to the benefits of home microgrids

The Silvies Valley Ranch, a rural, eco-friendly luxury resort in eastern Oregon that has home microgrids, is slowly moving forward. It is one of several projects throughout the US responding to growing demand from US homeowners seeking residential microgrids for resilience and sustainability. Either planned or already in place at Silvies … [Read more...]