US House Lawmakers Reintroduce $1.5 Billion Bill for Clean Energy Microgrids

A bill offering $1.5 billion a year in grants for clean energy microgrids has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives, this time arriving to a more favorable climate in Washington, D.C. The Energy Resilient Communities Act would help fund clean energy microgrids for critical infrastructure, with a focus on low-income communities … [Read more...]

Microgrid Companies in the News: Schneider Named Most Sustainable Corp

A roundup on the latest news about microgrid companies... Schneider Electric Ranked Most Sustainable Corporation Schneider Electric, the digital transformation, energy management and automation company, has been named the world's most sustainable corporation in an annual list compiled by Corporate Knights, a media and research company focused … [Read more...]

How Much Energy is Enough for Each of Us? New Report Calls for a Minimum Standard 

The idea that everyone should have access to sufficient energy lies at the heart of the microgrid proposition.  People may experience energy deficiencies because of poverty, geography or calamity. It may be a daily condition, as we see in parts of Africa, or a temporary condition brought on by storms or wildfires, as is more common in North … [Read more...]

California Microgrid To Demonstrate that Hospitals Don’t Need Diesel Generators

Kaiser Permanente plans to demonstrate a range of energy innovations at a hospital microgrid in Ontario, California, that will include how to incorporate renewable energy and move away from diesel generators. The hospital microgrid also will feature a fuel cell and a demonstration virtual power plant (VPP) — with power provided from … [Read more...]

NJ Transit Withdraws Air Permit to Quash Concerns about Microgrid

NJ Transit withdrew the air permit applications for a 140-MW natural gas-fired power plant in an effort to quash concerns it would be included as part of a planned microgrid. Earlier this month, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy asked the NJ Transit’s board to withdraw the permits, saying the power plant didn’t line up with the state’s climate … [Read more...]

UK-Based Energy Cooperative Raises Financing for Solar Community Microgrids

Bristol Energy Cooperative, a UK-based community-owned energy cooperative, is in the process of raising the equivalent of $2.7 million to finance a portfolio of renewable energy projects, including solar powered community microgrids. The organization is raising funds through its seventh community share offer, with a projected 3.5% return on … [Read more...]

Ameresco Highlights Unique Floating Solar Microgrid Project at Fort Bragg

Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president and general manager of federal solutions at Ameresco, spoke to Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, at Microgrid 2020 Global about Ameresco's new floating solar microgrid project — still a rare technology in the U.S. Wood kicked off the interview by asking Bulgarino about the work … [Read more...]

CleanSpark CEO Says Challenges and Drivers for 2020 Microgrid Market are “One and the Same’

Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief at Microgrid Knowledge, and Zachary Bradford, CEO at CleanSpark — which has doubled in size over the past 12 months — discussed the biggest drivers and largest challenges the microgrid industry has faced this year, including a global pandemic, wildfires and intense hurricanes.  Events that drove microgrid … [Read more...]

Engine-Driven Generators Continue to Enable Application Flexibility for Microgrid Operations

Microgrids are designed to increase energy resiliency and reliability, both of which are becoming increasingly important in an era wracked by climate change and a global pandemic. A new report from Generac contends that engine-driven generators burning a variety of fossil fuels can provide last-step resiliency for the microgrid that "cannot be … [Read more...]

Army Contracts for Work on Cold Region Microgrids

A Vermont university research institute program will prototype and test cold region microgrids with funding from two US Army contracts.  The $1.12 million award given to Norwich University Applied Research Institutes will include funding for remote monitoring and cybersecurity with oversight from the Army Corps of Engineer’s Cold Regions … [Read more...]