Microgrid Policy: What Really Needs to be Done?

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Navigant's Peter Asmus provides an overview of US microgrid policy and identifies what's most needed to drive microgrid adoption. Asmus will be presenting these ideas at a special Microgrid 2019 pre-conference workshop May 13. In 2011, Connecticut was the first state to pass a law authorizing microgrids to serve community resilience. A … [Read more...]

Could the David Johnston Research + Technology Park Microgrid Be a Model?

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Many tend to think of a microgrid as an enclosed campus with generation, energy storage and a resource management system, all islandable from the grid. But that thinking is limited. Microgrids also can involve small commercial communities, as planned by Canadian company Stantec, projects that right-size distributed energy resources so that an … [Read more...]

What Electrification of Transportation and Buildings Means to Microgrids: Interview

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The energy industry is poised for what some describe as a sizable investment shift. Oil and gas lose, and power wins with the growing electrification of transportation and buildings. So what does this mean for microgrids? Mark Feasel, vice president of smart grid, Schneider Electric, offered insight in a recent interview leading up to … [Read more...]

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Rural US Access Clean Energy, Microgrids

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U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., have introduced bipartisan legislation to help give clean energy and microgrids a boost in the rural US. The Expanded Access to Sustain Energy Act, or EASE, will assist rural communities and rural electricity cooperatives to overcome the barriers to renewable energy storage and … [Read more...]

Why It’s Hard to Create a Network of Community Microgrids in California

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Clean Coalition is on a mission to alter transmission access charges that the organization says unfairly boost the cost of local renewable energy and community microgrids in California. Eliminating the charges for locally produced renewables would lower the cost of renewable energy and microgrids, paving the way for more of both, says Craig … [Read more...]

California Aggregator Seeks Microgrid Hosts as Part of Community Choice Program

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Monterey Bay Community Power, a community choice aggregation in California, plans to develop microgrids and Friday released an application seeking customers to host projects. The solicitation (MGA-01-001) is the first step toward installing one or more microgrid projects in the aggregrator's service territory: Monterey, San Benito and Santa … [Read more...]

Schneider and Carlyle Form New Venture to Pursue Fast-Growing Energy Infrastructure and Microgrid Market

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The Carlyle Group and Schneider Electric today announced a new joint venture, AlphaStruxure, to pursue what they see as a $1 trillion underinvestment in US infrastructure and a fast-growing market for microgrids. The venture is launching with a crown-jewel project: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $13 billion JFK Airport modernization, which … [Read more...]

Washington State Public Utility Installs Solar as Part of $12M Microgrid

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Washington State is getting greener now that the Snohomish County Public Utility District is building a microgrid powered by a 500-kW solar array, which will use lithium-ion battery storage and provide backup power in case of an emergency. The project, which should be ready for testing late in 2020, will cost $12 million and it will receive … [Read more...]

Should Government Create Incentives for Microgrids? Industry Leaders to Explore the Idea at Special Workshop

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Government support for microgrids is scant in the US -- an issue that industry leaders plan to tackle during a pre-conference workshop on microgrid policy leading up to Microgrid 2019. State and federal incentives heavily influence which energy technologies prosper. All major energy resources — from energy efficiency to fossil fuels — have … [Read more...]

Bipartisan Group of US Lawmakers Introduce Extension of Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

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Electric vehicles got a nice jolt on Wednesday as a bipartisan group of US lawmakers introduced a bill to update and extend the federal electric vehicle tax credit. The way the law is written now, electric vehicle buyers get a tax credit of $7,500 but that deduction phases out once a carmaker sells 200,000 of them. Under the new bill, those … [Read more...]