California bills aim to help communities create resilience, cut emissions with microgrids and DERs

With big leaps in the use of diesel generators in California, The Climate Center and Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, want to take action with microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) so they are doubling down this year on winning passage of the Community Energy Resilience Act, SB 833. Use of backup generators has increased in the San … [Read more...]

Three big microgrid reveals from 2021 to consider

Surprise! This is not an article about wildfires, storms and other grid calamities that drove the microgrid market in 2021. They did. But you already know that. So let’s talk about the less obvious but intriguing microgrid trends and indicators the year revealed. 1 “You cannot do zero carbon without microgrids.”   Yokogawa Electric … [Read more...]

Are Second Life EV Batteries Game Changers for Microgrid Owners and the Grid?

Second life electric vehicle batteries can lower costs and provide environmental benefits to microgrid owners and utilities. But getting them up and running at a reasonable cost isn’t always easy. Here’s what happens with electric vehicle  batteries before they find new lives: They’re generally retired after about 10 years, leaving up to … [Read more...]

Where’s the Resilience? California’s Climate Strategy Found Lacking

The current draft of the California Climate Adaptation Strategy fails to mention power outages and doesn’t suggest distributed energy resources (DER) and microgrids as resilience measures, say several stakeholders. The draft aims to accelerate climate adaptation movement in the state and identify how state agency measures can fit together to … [Read more...]

UK Microgrid Project Offers Path to Residential Electrification

A new zero-carbon microgrid development underway in the UK could pilot a route to the use of microgrids that add far greater value to energy consumers. The Grove Park housing and business development at Sellindge, near Ashford in Kent, will be powered exclusively via a renewable energy plus storage microgrid coupled with a smart grid … [Read more...]

Trends Creating Tail Winds for the Microgrid Industry

“All winds are blowing in the direction of microgrids,” said Annette Clayton, CEO of Schneider North America in an interview with Microgrid Knowledge this week. The interview followed Schneider Electric's Innovation Summit North America 2021, a Nov. 10 teleconference that focused on energy resilience and sustainability. Speakers identified … [Read more...]

Amazon and GS Futures Invest $5 Million in Resilient Power to Accelerate EV Infrastructure

Seattle tech giant Amazon and Korean venture capital firm GS Futures have awarded Resilient Power, a startup based in Austin, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia, with $5 million in seed funding to build solid-state transformer-based EV charging system that can become a microgrid in a box. While Resilient Power has previously received capital from … [Read more...]

Resilient Microgrids Link Clean Energy and Clean Mobility

A new white paper from Schneider Electric explores the link between clean energy and clean mobility, and the role resilient microgrids can play. As electric vehicle (EV) adoption increases in the US, utilities need a way to both manage the demand from EV chargers and take advantage of the value they can provide the grid. Resilient microgrids … [Read more...]

Vehicle-to-Grid Programs Give Rise to Mobile Microgrids

In recent years, a few utilities have begun testing vehicle-to-grid (V2G) projects to determine whether electric vehicles (EVs) or EV fleets can support the grid when it’s stressed — making the vehicles into mobile microgrids. The idea is that EVs can serve as mobile microgrids available to help supply power to the grid or reduce power … [Read more...]

California Transportation Authority Proposes Bus Charging Microgrid 

The Santa Clara, California, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) plans to build a microgrid with charging infrastructure to upgrade and fuel its fleet of battery-powered electric buses with a potential $4.68 million in grant money from the California Energy Commission (CEC).  This Northern California project is part of the VTA’s effort to … [Read more...]