Solar Microgrid Shows Future of Humanitarian Aid, Powers COVID Clinic for Asylum Seekers at Mexican Border

The solar microgrid now powering a COVID-19 clinic for a camp of about 3,000 asylum seekers in Mexico began with an Instagram post. In April, Will Heegaard, director at Footprint Project, which focuses on providing clean energy in disaster areas, was keeping on eye on Instagram posts in high-risk areas. He saw a post by Global Response … [Read more...]

How are Utilities Supporting Distributed Energy Resources During the COVID-19 Crisis?

COVID-19 is hitting the economy hard and companies that develop microgrids and other distributed energy resources (DERs) are not immune. But there are ways that utilities can help them — and several are. Utilities have good reason to step up. Solar and other DERs are especially important during this crisis because they can lower costs for … [Read more...]

New Jersey Regulators Urged to Include Microgrids, Storage in Efficiency Plan

The Sierra Club is urging New Jersey regulators to include microgrids as part of the state’s strategy for supporting energy efficiency and peak demand reduction. The environmental group and others are also pushing the state to use energy storage to improve energy efficiency and peak demand cuts, according to comments filed with the New … [Read more...]

Why Microgrid Projects Start with Energy Monitoring and Energy Efficiency

Why do microgrid projects need to start with energy monitoring and energy efficiency? Jules Nohra, director of optimization services, Veolia North America, explains in an interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor. Why is it important to make a facility as energy efficient as possible before you install a microgrid? Jules … [Read more...]

Which Power Systems Boost City Resilience — and for How Long?

Which power systems boost city resilience during power outages — and for how long? Answering that question is one of the objectives of a report from American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Community Resilience Planning and Clean Energy Initiatives The report rates cities based on their resilience efforts, including … [Read more...]

Noresco Lands 10-MW Microgrid Project for Air Force Base in Japan 

Noresco, part of United Technologies Corp., has landed an $85.7 million guaranteed energy savings performance contract project at a US Air Force base in Okinawa, Japan, that includes a 10-MW military microgrid. The power generation assets will be part of an advanced microgrid that will allow the Kadena Air Base to more effectively sustain … [Read more...]

New York Nixes Microgrid in Favor of Solar Power Project

New York State has abandoned plans for a combined heat and power microgrid at the state capital and instead will build a solar project in Oneida County, about 90 miles west of Albany. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Office of General Services (OGS) on September 19 said they would jointly develop the solar project on state-owned … [Read more...]

Another City — San Jose, California — Goes All Electric in a Growing Trend

In an effort to decarbonize, San Jose on Tuesday became the largest California city to embrace all electric buildings. The city council approved measures to boost efficiency in new non-residential buildings with gas infrastructure, beginning January 2020, and to ensure new buildings are electric vehicle (EV) ready. In addition, the city … [Read more...]

Study Warns that Gas Plants Could become Stranded Assets

Utilities, investors and regulators should stop the rush to natural gas and choose clean energy portfolios (CEP) made up of combinations of solar, wind, storage, efficiency and demand response, warns a new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). If they don’t, many gas plants will become stranded assets, raising the specter that … [Read more...]

When Your Campus Microgrid Works So Well No One Notices

You know you’ve done something right when your new campus microgrid islands so seamlessly that you don’t even know it happened. That’s what occurred in February, in response to a communications glitch, at Montclair State University (MSU), the second largest university in New Jersey with 23,000 students. MSU's system includes a 5.4-MW … [Read more...]