How Rural Electric Cooperatives Can Power Through California Outages with Microgrids

Rural electric cooperatives often don’t own their own power resources and usually rely on other utilities’ lines for importing power, which can create challenges during public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) or grid outages. Microgrids can help solve these problems. Take, for example, Anza Electric Cooperative, which is located in a high … [Read more...]

As Extreme Heat Overwhelms the Northwest, Congressional Briefing Looks to Microgrids

With a heat dome bringing record setting high temperatures to the Pacific Northwest, US Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., said microgrids are one of the solutions for dealing with extreme weather, during a Congressional briefing. “It's a cleaner alternative to the default backup generators that many people have right now,” Panetta said June 25 … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Names Three Winners of the 2021 Microgrid Greater Good Awards

This year’s Microgrid Greater Good Award winners provide essential services to refugees in Uganda, electrify a birthing clinic in Kenya and keep food fresh and safe in South Australia. The awards were announced today at Microgrid 2021, a virtual conference hosted by Microgrid Knowledge. Microgrid Knowledge launched the award program three … [Read more...]

Balancing Microgrid Goals: Can Carbon-Free Electricity Alone Guarantee the Lights Will Stay On?

Microgrids can be carbon-free or fully reliable, but generally not both — at least not yet, according to most experts on a Microgrid 2021 panel that looked at balancing microgrid goals. The debate comes as businesses and institutions are striving to reduce the risk their power could be cut off, according to Matt Roberts, panel moderator and … [Read more...]

CleanSpark Sees Contracts Increase 220% as Residential Microgrids Begin to Take Off

Microgrid technology company CleanSpark has announced a 220% increase in microgrid contracts worth $16.2 million more than figures reported in February of this year. The company currently holds a backlog of microgrid contracts worth $23.5 million, divided across several different business sectors. CleanSpark is reporting that $14.3 … [Read more...]

California Approves Microgrid Tariffs as Grassroots Groups Push for More Local Control of Energy

In a decision likely to be eyed closely by other states, California regulators yesterday approved microgrid tariffs and rules to hasten the deployment and commercialization of the technology. Approval of the tariffs, as well as accompanying microgrid incentives, followed a year-long effort by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) … [Read more...]

Emera Technologies Unveils Plug-and-Play Neighborhood Microgrid Geared for Utilities

Emera Technologies has developed a residential, plug-and-play microgrid system called BlockEnergy that is designed to be owned and operated by utilities – a sector in search of a way to offer microgrids that works within its business structure. Set to be installed in a housing development in Tampa, Florida, the system aligns with major trends in … [Read more...]

Registration Opens for Microgrid 2020 Global, a Microgrid Gathering Like No Other

Microgrid Knowledge is now accepting registration for Microgrid 2020 Global, a free, multimedia event that promises to be the microgrid industry’s largest worldwide gathering yet — and its most inventive. Learn about the latest microgrid opportunities through news-broadcast style interviews with energy leaders and policymakers, livestream … [Read more...]

What Schneider Electric’s Recent Move Reveals about the Microgrid Market

To understand the movement of the microgrid industry, it's instructive to watch its large players, particularly, right now, Schneider Electric. The company has been navigating the industry’s tributaries for the last five years and seems to be signaling it sees an ocean ahead. The signal came in the form of Schneider’s mid-August announcement … [Read more...]

The Data Center and the Environment — We Can All Get Along

This special report series on the growing role of data center microgrids in the colocation and big data industry, kicks off with an entry that explores the juxtaposition of the data center and the environment.  Today, the data center industry consumes about as much power as the entire global airline industry. And, based on research from the … [Read more...]