UK Minting It in Microgrids

The Royal Mint at Llantrisant in Wales has signed a tender agreement with renewable energy company Infinite to install an integrated energy and microgrid development — what Infinite calls a local energy center. Formed in 2010 to develop merchant wind power and now expanding into microgrids, Infinite plans to integrate local energy … [Read more...]

Endurant Enters High-Tech AG Sector with $30 Million Microgrid

Endurant Energy jumped into the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) sector with a roughly $30 million microgrid project for Bluehouse Greenhouse, a company building a high-tech 62-acre greenhouse in Southern California. Endurant (formerly GI Energy) will own, operate and maintain the 13.2-MW microgrid using an energy-as-a-service (EaaS) … [Read more...]

Is Oversizing Renewable Energy the Key to Net Zero?

Often policymakers and planners assume that renewables plus storage are too expensive to bring online in large quantities, but a new report from the independent think tank RethinkX challenges that view. Rethinking Climate Change finds that it’s important to add these technologies, both in front and behind the meter, and to oversize the … [Read more...]

California Makes Big Move on Solarizing Commercial Buildings

The California Energy Commission has approved first-of-its-kind building standards to spur solar and battery storage — often components in microgrids — in a range of new commercial buildings. Approved unanimously August 11, the standards are set to be considered by the California Building Standards Commission in December and, if approved, … [Read more...]

How to Make Microgrid Hardware Choices: A Guide for Developers

In a new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Siemens, we're providing a guide to help microgrid developers avoid the pain points that can wreck the financial and operational assumptions for a project. This fifth article in the series looks at microgrid hardware choices in Step 4: Managing Balance-of-Plant … [Read more...]

Building a Microgrid that Stands its Ground in the Storm-tossed Caribbean

The Caribbean islands, especially the northern islands that include The Bahamas, are often hit hard by hurricanes and storms that can knock out power and cut off essential services. As a result, the region — slammed by Hurricanes Doria, Maria and Irma — is ripe for microgrid development. This is especially true since many of the islands rely … [Read more...]

What’s Driving the Increasing Use of Microgrids in Manufacturing?

More manufacturing companies are gaining interest in deploying microgrids to help them operate through power outages and serve as community stewards. In the past, industries were looking for on-site generation, often through combined heat and power (CHP). These include companies such as food and beverage manufacturers, refineries and tire … [Read more...]

FEMA Seeks Microgrids as Biden Channels $3.5 Billion to Agency for Disaster Relief

The Biden administration is dedicating a “historic” $3.5 billion to a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery program and the funds can be used to build microgrids. As part of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), the funding is designated for hazard mitigation measures across the 59 major disaster declarations … [Read more...]

Anticipating Triple Digit DER Growth, California Launches New Action Plan

In a move that could affect microgrids, the California Public Utilities Commission is developing a sweeping DER Action Plan aimed at revamping policies, programs and incentives. The commission in 2016 approved its first DER Action Plan, which served as a five-year roadmap for coordinating activities across commission proceedings aimed at … [Read more...]

Report Calls for Change as Town Center Microgrids Run into Roadblocks

Town center, or TC microgrid, projects in the Northeast have foundered in the face of regulatory, statutory and technical challenges, according to a report written for the New Jersey Bureau of Public Utilities (NJBPU). “Town center microgrids are one conceptual solution for community emergency-power resilience and reliability needs but face … [Read more...]