More Power Outages in California? No Big Deal for Fremont Fire Department

Fremont

Utilities in California are pre-emptively turning off transmission lines that could spark wildfires, but residents of Fremont can sleep a little more soundly knowing that the city’s microgrids will be there. About two years ago, Fremont installed microgrids at three of its fire stations. At the time, the city was interested in getting clean … [Read more...]

Microgrids Keep Four Dallas Stores Open through this Week’s Tornadoes

tornadoes

High winds and tornadoes tore across the Dallas area Sunday night, leaving about 140,000 customers without electricity, but four stores with microgrids rode out the storm without interruptions to their power supply. Those stores —H-E-B and Buc-ee’s — have backup natural gas microgrids from Enchanted Rock, a Houston based company. ERock, as … [Read more...]

PG&E May Speed Development of 40 Microgrids Following Power Shutoff

microgrids

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) may speed development of 40 microgrids to help customers maintain electricity when wildfire threats force it to deenergize portions of its grid. The utility described its plans Friday in a four-hour emergency meeting called by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in response to the October … [Read more...]

It’s Dark in California but the Message is Clear: More Microgrids Needed

California

California is the poster child for microgrids, usually in a good way, this week in a bad way. The power outages to 738,000 electric customers illustrated that even California, one of the lead states deploying microgrids, is not building them quickly enough. Microgrids act as local islands of power when the central grid fails, or in this case … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2019 Update: Applications Now Being Accepted for the Microgrid Financing Connection

microgrid 2019

Project developers are in search of microgrid financing; financiers are in search of investment-grade projects. Microgrid 2019 offers a platform to bring the two together in year two of the Microgrid Financing Connection. Launched last year at Microgrid 2018 in Chicago, the popular match-making program is being continued for Microgrid 2019, … [Read more...]

Unlocking the Financial Value of Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage

energy storage

In this week's Industry Perspectives, Colin Neagle, marketing manager for Enel X, explores the value of behind-the-meter energy storage. Neagle is also editor-in-chief of the EnergySMART blog, where the following post first ran.  While many commercial and industrial (C&I) enterprises are drawn to the sustainability and resilience … [Read more...]

Three Considerations When Choosing the Perfect Microgrid Partner

electrification

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Mark Feasel, vice president, Electric Utility Segment & Smart Grid, Schneider Electric, discusses top considerations for choosing the ideal microgrid partner.  Urbanization, industrialization and digitization continue to shape our lives as new economies are built, and established economies are … [Read more...]

Special Alert: ComEd Wins Approval for Innovative Microgrid Cluster in Chicago

microgrid cluster

In a move with far-reaching implications for grid decentralization, Illinois regulators yesterday approved Commonwealth Edison’s cutting-edge microgrid cluster in Chicago. The first utility-scale microgrid cluster in the nation, the $25 million project is expected to demonstrate what some see as an eventual retooling of today’s centralized … [Read more...]

10 Most Read Microgrid White Papers Illustrate Evolving Market

top 10 microgrid white papers of 2017

Watching what people read can provide insight into market direction. So we thought we'd take a look at what white papers in our library attract the most attention. Here we share with you what we discovered. Microgrid Knowledge's Top 10 microgrid white papers of 2017 capture topics from energy modernization to solar and storage.  Readers last … [Read more...]

EVs and Microgrids Will Miniaturize Our Grid. Or Not.

Evs and microgrids

Today’s microgrids don’t always include electric vehicles (EVs). And when EVs and microgrids are paired, it seems more an homage to the future than crucial to today. That will change, however, as consumers buy more EVs, and those EVs prove valuable not only as transportation vehicles but as worker bees for the electric grid. EVs can serve … [Read more...]