What FERC Order 2222-A Means for Microgrids and Energy Democracy

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 2222-A, released March 18, continues efforts by US regulators to remove barriers for aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs) in wholesale markets. And it may unlock new revenue streams for microgrids. That’s the word from Norman Bay, former chairman of FERC, who called the order … [Read more...]

Educational Webinar on Renewable Energy Microgrids

Renewable energy microgrids are gaining popularity with industries, institutions, communities and even residential consumers because they provide clean energy, potential cost savings and reliable power. In addition, there are a number of tax incentives available, systems are easily scalable, and they can be built faster and are more environmentally … [Read more...]

US House Bill Would Give Microgrids 30% Tax Credit

A California congressman has introduced a bill into the US House of Representatives that would create a 30% microgrid tax credit. The tax credit would run through 2025 and then phase down each year to 10% by 2028 and sunset in 2029. Unlike existing federal tax credits for wind and solar, the microgrid tax credit could be taken as a direct … [Read more...]

Alaska Governor Seeks Green Bank for Microgrids, Clean Energy

Lawmakers in Alaska are working on legislation introduced by the governor that could create a green bank to provide funding for microgrids and other clean energy projects. On April 9, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced the Alaska Energy Independence Act (SB 123, HB 170) to spur sustainable energy development by issuing loans for qualified … [Read more...]

Considering a Microgrid for Your Facility? We’ve Designed Microgrid 2021 for You

If you're considering a microgrid for your facility or community, then Microgrid 2021: The World Awakens to Microgrids is the conference for you.  Here’s an opportunity to learn -- all in one place -- from 50 of the industry's top experts in 20 educational sessions offered conveniently over four weeks, May 11-June 3. Here are five reasons to … [Read more...]

PG&E Launches Community Microgrid Program

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has launched a community microgrid program that aims to help California communities design and build multicustomer microgrids serving critical facilities and vulnerable groups. The Community Microgrid Enablement Program offers technical and financial support for qualifying projects in areas with the … [Read more...]

A 28-MW Virgin Islands Microgrid Receives FEMA Funding

A 28-MW microgrid project in the US Virgin Islands was awarded $4.4 million by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the project’s initial phase. The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) will use the funding to design and engineer the project, according to Noel Hodge, the utility’s interim executive director. WAPA … [Read more...]

After the Texas Storm: Time to Shift the Narrative on Energy Infrastructure

Kelly Land, business development manager, commercial assets at PowerSecure, shares insights gleaned from the winter storm that took Texas by surprise, crippling the state's energy infrastructure. An unanticipated Winter Storm Uri arrived in Texas in early 2021, crippling infrastructure across the state. The combination of record winter peak … [Read more...]

Australia’s Northern Territory to Offer Competitive Tender for Remote Microgrids

This article, by Sophie Vorrath, first appeared in One Step off the Grid, a publication based in Australia The Northern Territory (NT) government has laid the foundations for plans to transition scores of remote indigenous communities to renewable-based power systems by 2030, with the announcement of $2 million in funding and a competitive … [Read more...]

Microgrid Completed at Feather River Health Care Facility in Paradise, CA

ENGIE North America and Adventist Health have completed a microgrid at the Feather River Health Center in Paradise, California, one of a growing number of health care microgrids in the state. The microgrid includes 1 MWh of energy storage and 425 kW of installed solar power capacity. Designed for independent operation, the microgrid will … [Read more...]