Private Company Wants to Buy Utility on Hawaiian Island, Build Microgrids

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Pulama Lanai is in exploratory discussions with Hawaiian Electric to buy the electric utility’s assets on the small Hawaiian island and is looking to build microgrids at the island’s two hotels as a first step toward making the island’s energy sources 100% sustainable. Privately held Pulama Lanai was created in 2012 to manage Lanai’s … [Read more...]

Grassroots Push for Microgrid on Maine Island

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A Maine-based non-profit group is hoping to build on ENMAX's pending purchase of Emera Maine to create a microgrid on Mount Desert Island (MDI). The group — A Climate to Thrive (ACTT) — intervened late in the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s review of the proposed deal. The grassroots organization hoped that ENMAX would agree to support a … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Expensive?

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Asking 'Are microgrids expensive?’ is a bit like asking what rocks cost. Are we talking about diamonds or driveway gravel? Any discussion tends to be a long one. There is no elevator pitch answer for three main reasons. First, microgrids vary dramatically in size and complexity and more importantly purpose, which creates a wide cost … [Read more...]

Frustrated with Outages, These Seniors Have Big Microgrid Plans, Even Bigger Obstacles

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Outage-weary seniors in an Oakmont, California community have encountered numerous regulatory obstacles to their ambitious microgrid plans. Residents of Oakmont Village Association, whose average age is 75, in 2019 endured five blackouts due to fires and also public safety power shut offs by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), said Ken Smith, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Names ‘Person’ of the Year and Announces Top Stories for 2019

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Microgrid Knowledge doesn’t usually choose a person of the year, as Time magazine does. But 2019 produced such a runaway winner, it seemed necessary to do so.  The winner, of course, is California.  Thanks to its green and pro-microgrid policies, California was high on the list of microgrid leaders even before this fall’s wildfire-related … [Read more...]

Top Industry Perspective Columns for 2019 — Most Read Guest Articles

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Have we fully explored the potential of community microgrids? What does California's changing energy landscape mean for microgrids and the energy industry? How should you get started on your next microgrid project? These are just a few questions explored in the most popular Industry Perspective columns on Microgrid Knowledge in 2019. These … [Read more...]

The Philadelphia Navy Yard Story: The Remarkable Emergence of an Unintentional Microgrid

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From rags to riches, the Philadelphia Navy Yard offers one of the more remarkable tales of the emergence of a microgrid. Located at the confluence of the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, the site was an abandoned shipyard 20 years ago with most of its electric service turned off. Today, it’s a thriving commercial center, powered by one of the … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids: Four Examples of Local Energy that Improves Lives

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Community microgrids offer a way for neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities to meet their energy needs locally. Some make a community’s electricity more reliable and green; others serve critical facilities like fire, police and water treatment facilities; and still others are built for remote outposts that otherwise lack access to … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara School District Looks at 18 Sites for Microgrids. Intends to Issue RFP

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California’s rapid embrace of microgrids continued this week with a Santa Barbara school district approving feasibility studies for solar microgrids that it wants to fast track at as many as 18 sites. The Santa Barbara Unified School District voted Monday to hire the Clean Coalition and Sage Energy Consulting to conduct the studies and … [Read more...]

Sweden’s Summer Sunshine Stored in Hydrogen for the Winter

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Renovations to six public housing buildings in the small town of Vårgårda, South West Sweden will allow them to run on renewable energy all year round. Electricity and heat from a microgrid combining solar panels, batteries, heat pumps, hydrogen production and storage and hydrogen fuel cells will supply the 172 apartments. “We will be … [Read more...]