How to succeed as a microgrid startup: Xendee’s story

Xendee, which develops microgrid decision support software, reached its four-year anniversary this month and with it came the brass ring so many microgrid startups seek — its Series A financing. I spoke with Adib Naslé, CEO and co-founder of Xendee, who described the journey and offered insight into how to position a startup on the right … [Read more...]

The 20 most read articles on Microgrid Knowledge ever

Microgrid Knowledge is coming up on its eighth anniversary. So we thought it would be a good time to take a look at what topics our readers find most interesting. We reviewed the entire eight years. Here are the 20 most read articles on Microgrid Knowledge since we began. We've never before analyzed readership over such a broad … [Read more...]

RECs or green microgrids? What’s the better way to achieve ESG goals?

With the value of renewable energy certificates (RECs) being challenged, green microgrids and on-site energy are being eyed as a better way to achieve not only sustainability goals but also resilience. A new study published in Nature finds that corporate REC purchases aren’t likely to prompt additional renewable energy production, which is … [Read more...]

Enchanted Rock to build California’s largest RNG microgrid for Microsoft

Microsoft has contracted with Enchanted Rock to develop a data center microgrid — the largest microgrid in California to date that will use renewable natural gas (RNG) to offset fossil fuels. Located in San Jose, a city whose mayor has become an outspoken advocate of microgrids and grid independence, the microgrid will be part of a Microsoft … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, releases RFI in next step to create unique microgrid-centered utility

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, issued a request for information (RFI) yesterday in its latest step to set up one of the nation’s most ambitious microgrid projects, which includes the creation of its own county utility. The RFI is a precursor to a request for proposals the county intends to issue for multiple microgrids developed in public/private … [Read more...]

Top states for microgrid policy activity? New Think Microgrid report scores them

California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Texas score as the top states for microgrid policy activity, with Puerto Rico also listed in the top tier, according to a new report by Think Microgrid. The state policy assessment marks the first time "any organization has looked specifically at the policy landscape for … [Read more...]

Colorado Gov. Polis signs bills to create microgrid roadmap, offer rural grants

Colorado will create a microgrid roadmap and make microgrid grants available for municipal utilities and cooperatives under two bills signed last week by Gov. Jared Polis.  The Electric Grid Resilience And Reliability Roadmap (HB22-1249) and the Microgrids For Community Resilience Grant Program (HB22-1013) cleared their final hurdle to … [Read more...]

DER and microgrid companies poised to help as summer heat threatens the US grid

With grid operators signaling that that the summer could bring power shortfalls, companies that pool together resources such as residential and commercial solar, storage and microgrids are poised to jump in and provide grid flexibility in an effort to keep the lights on. The Washington Post recently described the electric grid as "wheezing" … [Read more...]

Congressman Casten: Microgrid owners need to get paid for the value they create

When ISO New England (ISO-NE), a grid operator, developed its first forward capacity markets in the early 2000s, US Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill. — then an energy developer — built a cogeneration plant in northern Vermont that yielded savings for the plant owners and the ISO by cutting peak demand on the system. During a press interview at the time, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge names Greater Good Award winners at Microgrid 2022

The 2022 winners of the Microgrid Knowledge Greater Good Awards provide for night time studying, streetlights and entertainment in India, resilience during natural disasters and public safety power shut offs (PSPS) at a college in California, vaccinations and power for critical medical equipment at a medical facility in the Himalayas and … [Read more...]