Microgrid Tariff Proposed by Hawaiian Electric Faces Industry Criticism

A microgrid tariff proposed by Hawaiian Electric (HECO) is receiving mixed reviews as the state attempts to break new ground in creating microgrid compensation. Now before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the utility proposed the tariff in the first phase of a regulatory effort to fulfill a microgrid law (Act 200) signed in July … [Read more...]

Microgrids for Healthcare Facilities Can Save Lives

Microgrids for healthcare facilities are popping up quickly to help institutions provide life-saving services during the COVID-19 crisis. For example, Bloom Energy recently-and quickly — installed microgrids at two field hospitals in California. The microgrids that employ Bloom’s fuel cell technology were installed in less than a week at the … [Read more...]

Remote Microgrid Built by Alliant Energy Cuts Utility Costs by Half

Alliant Energy has built a remote microgrid to power a Wisconsin state park as a less expensive alternative to replacing an overhead power line. The microgrid at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) site could become a model for other Alliant microgrids, according to Michael Graves, Alliant senior engineer. “We’ll monitor how … [Read more...]

How are Utilities Supporting Distributed Energy Resources During the COVID-19 Crisis?

COVID-19 is hitting the economy hard and companies that develop microgrids and other distributed energy resources (DERs) are not immune. But there are ways that utilities can help them — and several are. Utilities have good reason to step up. Solar and other DERs are especially important during this crisis because they can lower costs for … [Read more...]

California to Include Avoided Transmission Costs in DER Benefits Calculation

The California Public Utilities Commission has agreed to consider avoided transmission costs for the state’s three investor-owned utilities as part of its cost-benefit analysis for distributed energy resources (DERs). The issue centers on the PUC’s “avoided cost calculator,” or ACC, a methodology used to determine the benefits of DERs that … [Read more...]

New Jersey Regulators Urged to Include Microgrids, Storage in Efficiency Plan

The Sierra Club is urging New Jersey regulators to include microgrids as part of the state’s strategy for supporting energy efficiency and peak demand reduction. The environmental group and others are also pushing the state to use energy storage to improve energy efficiency and peak demand cuts, according to comments filed with the New … [Read more...]

North America Now Top Microgrid Market due to Installations by Businesses

North America is now the top microgrid market, largely due to installation of commercial & industrial (C&I) microgrids, according to a new report by Guidehouse Insights, previously Navigant Research. The report found 6,610 microgrids projects worldwide, representing 31,784.6 MW of capacity, as of the first quarter of this … [Read more...]

Bloom’s Quick Build Microgrids Installed at COVID-19 Field Hospitals in California

Bloom Energy recently installed rapid deployment microgrids at two field hospitals in California in response to COVID-19. The microgrids, which use Bloom's fuel cell technology, were installed in less than a week at the site of a national hospital system in Vallejo and at a Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Both sites have pop-up style field … [Read more...]

Healthcare & Critical Service Microgrids in an Era of COVID-19: The Latest

A hospital in Victoria, Texas, later this month will announce commissioning of a new microgrid, likely to be one of the first healthcare microgrid to come on line during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Of course, the timing is fortuitous — Citizens Medical Center announced plans to install the 2.8 MW microgrid long before the pandemic, about a year ago, … [Read more...]

New Jersey to Devote Cap-and-Trade Revenue to Electrifying Transportation

New Jersey plans to devote about three-quarters of its revenue from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to electrifying transportation, a sector opening up opportunity for microgrids. The state this year rejoined RGGI, a 10-state cap-and-trade program for the power sector. By participating in RGGI’s quarterly greenhouse gas … [Read more...]