Cummins executive on military microgrids in war zones

In a runup to Microgrid 2022, Wissam Balshe, business director of energy management solutions at Cummins Power Generation, discusses military microgrids and how global trends are impacting the microgrid market. https://vimeo.com/706624210 "There are a lot of different use cases and applications of microgrids, whether it's to improve resiliency, … [Read more...]

US DOE to help 22 communities find infrastructure funds for microgrids and clean energy projects

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has opened the door for 22 communities to capture federal infrastructure funds for microgrids and other clean energy projects through a program that emphasizes “place-based approaches.” Called Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Program), the initiative helps these cities, towns and tribes develop clean energy … [Read more...]

Think you’re ready for a microgrid? Answer these questions first

This article explores key questions about microgrids and is written for those beginning the microgrid journey. It is part of Microgrid Knowledge's About Microgrids series. *** When Peter Asmus began helping three communities create community microgrids in California, a number of challenges cropped up. First of all, proponents of the … [Read more...]

Microgrids and EVs can make magic with the right market signals

Electric vehicles (EVs) could become important microgrid assets that reap income by providing grid services. But there's a glitch — a lack of market signals from the grid in many places. However, a growing number of cities and other organizations are pairing EVs and vehicle-to-grid programs with microgrids to test the idea, expecting to reap not … [Read more...]

Remember when powering your house with your vehicle was a wild idea?

A few years ago, the thought of using the batteries in electric vehicles (EVs) to provide vehicle-to-grid (V2G), vehicle-to-microgrid or vehicle-to-home power was just an idea, maybe even a wild idea. Now these programs are inching toward reality, with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Snohomish Public Utility District (PUD), … [Read more...]

PG&E’s ‘personal microgrid’ device aims for home resiliency in fire-prone areas

The use of fossil-fuel generators and home microgrids has increased in Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E) territory in response to fires and public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), and now the California utility has unveiled a device that makes it easier for homeowners to disconnect personal microgrids from the grid during outages and reconnect … [Read more...]

Microgrids for new eco-friendly housing developments in the UK

A not-for-profit organization has launched a share offer campaign to develop new clean energy microgrid projects across the UK. Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) aims to raise £1 million ($1.4 million) from its latest share offering. This adds to the roughly £14 million ($19 million) that the cooperative has raised over the decade since it was … [Read more...]

More electric vehicles mean more utility microgrids

Policy, economic and environmental issues are expected to dramatically boost demand for electric vehicles (EVs), a phenomenon that is spurring more utility microgrids. In fact, three utilities — Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Portland General Electric (PGE) and Florida Power and Light (FPL) — have plans to deploy microgrids to take … [Read more...]

Here comes the future: Bronzeville ‘microgrid cluster’ set to begin operating this year

Commonwealth Edison’s (ComEd) Bronzeville Community Microgrid is a much-watched project that, for the first time in the US, creates a utility microgrid cluster, in this case by linking with the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) microgrid. This means that during an outage, IIT’s microgrid and the Bronzeville microgrid can both island … [Read more...]

The grid is not prepared for the 21st century

In the second article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Think Microgrid, we'll explore why the electric grid is not prepared for the 21st century.  Climate disaster is upon us. We are not ready. Electricity is essential to survival and prosperity in a contemporary world, but the electric grid — the … [Read more...]