Snowstorms, Remote Locale, and Practical Jokes Can’t Stop Alaskan Microgrid

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A sudden snowstorm in a far Northwest arctic locale, sleeping in a laundromat (for no better place) and practical jokes were only some of the challenges facing Grass Valley, Calif.-based BoxPower in deploying a new solar/storage microgrid in the indigenous village of Deering in remote Northwest Alaska. The installation is the second microgrid … [Read more...]

Cost Savings Drives Decision to Install Microgrid at California Wastewater Treatment Plant

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The McKinleyville Community Services District in northern California has selected Ameresco to build a $2 million microgrid at a wastewater treatment plant. While California has seen a wave of microgrid projects in response to wildfire-related power outages, the McKinleyville project is driven by a desire to cut electricity costs. The … [Read more...]

Update: Senate Energy Bill with Implications for Microgrid Projects Stalls over Unrelated Issue

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Sweeping energy legislation with implications for microgrid development stalled this week in the US Senate over a dispute on limiting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), an unrelated issue. It appeared the bipartisan American Energy Innovation Act was set for a quick vote after its was introduced in late February by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, … [Read more...]

Neighborhood Microgrids would Provide Resilience under Sunrun Plan

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Solar and storage provider Sunrun has proposed creating neighborhood microgrids that would allow for resilience and energy sharing within “distribution islands.” The company released a paper intended to encourage utilities and other stakeholders to consider reconfiguring the grid into distribution circuits that can be islanded. Under the … [Read more...]

One-third of Businesses Willing to Pay Premium to Avert Weather-related Power Outages: Report

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Commercial and industrial (C&I) businesses are looking carefully at the financial impact of electrical outages and are increasingly seeking ways to mitigate the losses, according to a new report from S&C Electric. The 2020 State of Commercial & Industrial Power Reliability Report, based on a survey of 255 companies that achieve … [Read more...]

New California Bill Would Fund Critical Microgrids for Vulnerable Populations

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California lawmakers are considering a bill that would fund critical microgrids to help municipalities and others deal with power outages. S.B. 1215 was recently introduced by Sen. Henry Stern, a Democrat and the lead sponsor of S.B. 1339, which launched a current effort by the California Public Utilities Commission to take steps to support … [Read more...]

US’ Second Largest Egg Producer Partners with Electric Cooperatives on Microgrid

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North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives are partnering with Rose Acre Farms and its local electric cooperative, Tideland EMC, to develop an agricultural microgrid in Hyde County. The aim of the microgrid project is to deliver enhanced environmental sustainability and power grid resiliency. It will include solar panels, energy storage, and … [Read more...]

Microgrid Powers Town and Opens Door to Federation of Microgrids in Australia

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Australia utility Horizon Power and PXiSE Energy Solutions, a provider of microgrid controls, are working to demonstrate that microgrids in remote areas can replace traditional infrastructure and boost renewables. Horizon Power, Western Australia’s regional energy utility, has begun operating a microgrid consisting of 1 MW solar and 2 MW battery … [Read more...]

Maryland Agency Offers Grants for Microgrid, DG Planning

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The Maryland Energy Administration has launched a pilot grant program to help municipalities and other organizations plan microgrid and distributed energy projects. “MEA recognizes that the costs incurred in designing successful projects can be significant, and also that well-engineered and analyzed plans lead to shovel-ready designs which … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Help Businesses Reach Cost, Resilience and Climate Goals

Microgrids provide businesses with a way to secure energy resilience, reduce costs and achieve climate goals. This excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure offers real world examples. Microgrids are the next logical step in the evolution of energy management for businesses. Many businesses are already … [Read more...]