Inside the Rockefeller Foundation’s $20 Million Plan to Improve Energy Access in India

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The Rockefeller Foundation recently announced it will invest $20 million to expand energy access in rural India over the next three years. Off-grid renewable minigrids, as microgrids are known in India, figure prominently in the foundation's plans. Smart Power India, a program launched by the foundation in 2015, intends to bring sustainable … [Read more...]

California Lawmakers Approve Bill to Bolster Microgrid Development, End Lengthy Wait

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California lawmakers gave a final okay late last week to a microgrid bill (SB 1339), designed to boost microgrid development and streamline what at times is a lengthy wait to interconnect projects. The Assembly approved the legislation in a 54-19 vote during the waning hours of the legislative session August 31. The Senate had passed the … [Read more...]

What’s Driving Microgrids toward a $30.9B Market?

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A forecast issued this week by Navigant Research identifies several new trends emerging in the global microgrid market as it moves toward becoming a $30.9 billion industry by 2027. The number of vendors in the arena has increased dramatically. Utilities, once seen as obstructers to microgrids, are now building their own. Microgrid growth is … [Read more...]

Minigrids in Nigeria: A $20B Business Opportunity for the Greater Good

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Minigrids represent a $20 billion business opportunity in Nigeria and a chance to improve the lives of over half the population that remain without electricity, according to a report released today. Prepared by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, the report focuses on how lack of electricity impedes business … [Read more...]

Mark Your Calendar for Microgrid 2019, May 14 -16 in San Diego

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Microgrid Knowledge will hold Microgrid 2019, its fourth industry conference, May 14-16 in San Diego. A gathering of industry leaders, the conference will focus on microgrids, nanogrids, virtual power plants, energy storage and other distributed energy resources driving energy decentralization. Microgrid 2019 follows Microgrid Knowledge’s … [Read more...]

Portland Plans Microgrid Statues in Parks. Will Use Pedal-Power

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The city of Portland and three partners have launched a pilot to offer emergency microgrid support in a park statue that will charge cell phones and store emergency supplies. It’s a classic project for this green city, featuring solar, storage and pedal power in a visible, small public park on Portland State University's (PSU) campus. But … [Read more...]

Washington State Utility Readies with a Microgrid Should Transmission Lines Fail

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In a crisis, it's not just utility customers that use microgrids to get back to business. Utilities, themselves, can too. Washington State's Snohomish County offers the latest example of a utility microgrid being developed for that purpose. Snohomish County PUD,  a sizeable public utility north of Seattle, has broken ground on a $9.5 million … [Read more...]

Otis Microgrid Nearly Ready and Poised to Make Some Energy History in Massachusetts

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The Air National Guard is putting the finishing touches on the Otis microgrid on Cape Cod, Mass., a project that is expected to achieve several firsts in microgrid development for the military and New England. Located at Otis Air National Guard Base, the project will be unveiled August 29 by the 102nd Intelligence Wing and project … [Read more...]

Georgia Power & Georgia Tech Team to Make “Quantum Leap” in Microgrid Research

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Two well-known Atlanta, Ga. institutions -- Georgia Power and the Georgia Institute of Technology -- are teaming to build a $10-$15 million research microgrid to achieve a “quantum leap” in understanding the technology. Owned by Georgia Power, a Southern Company utility, the 1.4 MW microgrid will serve several buildings at Georgia Tech's … [Read more...]

Watch out for these Roadblocks to California Microgrids

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Certain California microgrids are in for trouble due to rules and regulations in the state that could boost costs and render them uneconomic, according to Alex Porteshawver, distributed energy policy manager for the Center for Sustainable Energy. The challenges apply to California microgrid projects on non-adjacent properties or projects … [Read more...]