In Pro-Microgrid Move, Hawaii Becomes Second State with Microgrid Tariff

In what could be a model for other states, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved a microgrid tariff for its major utilities. The decision is the culmination of a roughly two-year process, but the PUC is already preparing for a second phase in its development of rules governing microgrids. The first phase centered on rules … [Read more...]

BRIC Microgrid Opportunity Grows as Biden Doubles Funding to $1 Billion

In an opportunity for microgrids and energy storage, the Biden administration has doubled to $1 billion the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program, a grant program for infrastructure resiliency. The additional funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program will allow more communities to … [Read more...]

Microgrids Bring Sustainability and Resiliency and Serve as Community Lighthouses

Not only do microgrids help companies meet their sustainability and resiliency goals, but they also can serve as community lighthouses during outages. That’s a positive trend for microgrid customers right now. Still, some are struggling with myths about the high costs and complexity of the technology. Customers are recognizing that there's a … [Read more...]

Ameresco to Break Ground this Week on Solar and Storage Microgrid at Fort Hunter Liggett

Ameresco, a microgrid project developer, continues to grow its list of military microgrids, the most recent a $21.6 million project at Fort Hunter Liggett in Jolon, California. Set to break ground May 27, the project is designed to help the 165,000-acre training center achieve net zero energy by 2022, while also fulfilling Army directives to … [Read more...]

Blackstone Commits $500 Million for GreenStruxure Microgrids

A Blackstone company has committed microgrid financing of up to $500 million for GreenStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and Huck Capital that develops modular, energy-as-a-service microgrids for commercial and industrial (C&I), and governmental medium-sized buildings. The agreement with Blackstone's ClearGen allows … [Read more...]

Microgrid Costs, How to Lower Them and What They Mean for the Sector’s Growth

Factors like generation choice, battery size and interconnection upgrades affect microgrid costs, but there are ways to manage them so projects can move forward with satisfied customers, according to panelists at a Microgrid 2021 conference session called "Why Does a Microgrid Cost What It Costs?" A 2018 study by the National Renewable … [Read more...]

Group Plans Community Microgrid in Los Angeles Neighborhood. RFP to Go Out this Year

A nonprofit group in Los Angeles, California, is preparing to develop a community microgrid in the city’s Pacific Palisades neighborhood. The group, Resilient Palisades, expects the community microgrid to boost resiliency in an area plagued by power outages, as well as lower electricity costs and improve the environment. In the project’s … [Read more...]

Go Slow to Go Fast When Writing a Microgrid RFP

When writing a microgrid RFP (requests for proposals), it’s important to go slow in order to go fast. This means that it’s critical to do as much upfront work as possible before issuing the microgrid RFP. “Adding extra time at the front end and thoughtfulness into the RFP with as much detail as possible can help you finish a more successful … [Read more...]

Xcel Energy Moves Ahead with Wisconsin Microgrid Pilot not Paid for in Rates

Xcel Energy is launching a resiliency-as-a-service pilot for its commercial and industrial customers, with Xcel paying for 90% of the behind-the-meter microgrid costs upfront, getting paid back by the microgrid users over 10 years, and excluding the costs of the program from the rate base. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission May 13 … [Read more...]

Crunching the Numbers on Microgrid Costs, Benefits

Microgrid economics is determined by a mix of costs and revenue factors, according to a panel of experts at the Microgrid 2021 conference who explained how to think about making the financials work on what can be complex projects. “The use of financial resources to make these projects go is always a paramount concern for developing the … [Read more...]