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...]

Microgrid Investment Less Risky than Grid Projects for Africa: Report

Microgrid projects could play a major role bolstering the electric grid in Africa, which needs roughly $1 trillion in investments, according to a white paper by researchers at Boston University. The power system in sub-Saharan Africa is generally poorly developed and its quality ranges widely from country to country, and even within countries, … [Read more...]

Sustainability as a Driver for Microgrids: It’s Real

Ask almost any microgrid developer why customers choose to install microgrids and they’ll cite three main reasons: electric reliability, cost reduction and sustainability. The third, sustainability, is sometimes viewed as a bit squishy, perhaps not easy to quantify. Or as Lux Research put it in a new report released today:  The word is on … [Read more...]

When a Roof Over Your Head is So Much More: The Skagerak Energilab

Often it is a storm or other disaster that leads businesses to install a microgrid. But for a Norwegian soccer club, the impetus emerged as they began to view their arena roof differently. “This project kicked off with a wild idea that it must be possible to use the roof of our arena for something useful,” said Einar Håndlykken, managing … [Read more...]

Microgrid Bill that Clarifies Utility & Operator Roles Approved by Maine House

The Maine House has approved a microgrid bill that would open the state to microgrid development and clarify utility and operator roles. L.D. 13, passed by the House on a 85-54 vote in mid-March, directs the Maine Public Utilities Commission to approve microgrid proposals of up to 25 MW if they are in the public interest. The bill … [Read more...]

Why You May Want to Seriously Consider a Microgrid for your Electric Vehicles

To most of the world the electric vehicle (EV) revolution simply means using a plug rather than a fuel pump to keep a car running. But in truth it will require a significant overhaul of energy systems and infrastructure, one that’s likely to get businesses and even households considering microgrids. Andy Haun, senior vice president and chief … [Read more...]

Mining Toolkit Helps Clean Energy Industry Protect Profit, People and Planet

Clean energy’s gold rush for minerals used to manufacture electric vehicles, solar and other systems is not always sustainable and sometimes employs questionable labor practices, says a group that has released a mining toolkit to help the industry develop best practices. The Energy Resources Governance Initiative’s (ERGI) toolkit aims to … [Read more...]

New York’s ‘VDER’ Alternative Payment Method Helps Spur Energy Storage

New York is well on its way to meeting the state’s goal of having 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025 and 3,000 MW by the end of the decade, and the 'value of distributed energy resources,' or VDER, mechanism gets part of the credit, according to a report released by state utility regulators. The state had deployed or contracted for 706 MW of … [Read more...]

A Smart Move by the Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid during COVID-19

With the economy in a holding pattern because of COVID-19, energy use is uncharacteristically low. A couple of weeks ago Blue Lake Rancheria began to worry that the low demand spelled trouble for its microgrid. However, the microgrid controller was thinking a step ahead of everybody. The Humboldt, California tribal facility installed the … [Read more...]

60 Minutes Segment “Incredible Exposure” for the Microgrid Movement Globally

A recent segment of "60 Minutes" about the Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) work in the Bahamas was “incredible exposure” for the microgrid movement globally. “We were in the living rooms of over 9 million viewers that Sunday evening. It was incredible exposure for the Bahamas energy transition, Rocky Mountain Institute and the microgrid … [Read more...]