Most Read Microgrid Stories for the First Half of 2020…California, California, California

Microgrid Knowledge keeps a close eye on trends and interests in this fast-growing industry. One way we do that is by analyzing the stories that attract the greatest readership. Below you'll find the 10 most read microgrid stories for the first half of 2020. The first six months of the year brought new utility and community opportunities and … [Read more...]

What are Connected Communities? And Why are they the Future?

Someday soon, you might live in a building that is connected to others in a way that helps reduce your utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions, write Victor Olgyay and Seth Coan of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Here they explain the emergence of connected communities. Looking out your window you might see another building. … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Introduce New Data Center Economics

This special report series focuses on data center microgrids for the colocation and big data industry. The third entry explores how microgrids are changing colocation and data center economics.  Data centers are increasing in number across the US and around the globe. They are the new industrial factory of the modern digital economy and … [Read more...]

What the $11B Hitachi ABB Joint Venture Means to Microgrids

Several global technology giants are vying to capture the fast-growing microgrid market, and now the coming together of two — Hitachi and ABB — could reconfigure the landscape. Japan-based Hitachi and Switzerland-based ABB finalized a new $11 billion joint venture last week that will become home to ABB’s Grid Edge Solutions, its arm that … [Read more...]

Congressional Proposal Recognizes Microgrid Role in US Climate Strategy

It’s been slow to come, but lawmakers are increasingly incorporating microgrids into climate strategies, a focal point for Democrat politicians in both chambers. The carbon-reduction roadmap released this week by the US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis offers a case in point. Called “Solving the Climate Crisis,” the plan seeks … [Read more...]

Minigrids Could Serve about Half of People without Power: Report

Minigrids can serve about half the people in the world — about 111 million households — who lack electricity by 2030 at a cost of $128 billion, although increased policy support is needed, according to a report. There are about 5,500 minigrids in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and small island nations, with some in Latin America, according to State of … [Read more...]

Military Finds Integrating Storage into Microgrids Improves Performance, Lowers Costs

Integrating energy storage into microgrids can improve reliability and reduce costs on military bases that can take advantage of wholesale power markets and tax incentives, according to a report written for the US Department of Defense. The study — Design, Modeling, and Control of Hybrid Energy Storage System for Defense Installation Microgrids … [Read more...]

Simulating Microgrids: New Killer Test App?

Microgrid simulation can help ensure project success, but testing microgrid components can be problematic and time consuming.  Now, a Maryland-based company says they have an app for that. Powersim says its new DSIM tool is the “killer app” for microgrid simulation, capable of speeds a multiple of previous tools and able to run on a … [Read more...]

Democrats Introduce US Infrastructure Plan that Includes Support for Microgrids

Hoping to ensure that clean energy investment is a major part of any potential economic recovery package, Democrats in Congress recently introduced the Moving Forward Act — a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan that would boost renewable energy, grid modernization, resilience measures and microgrids. Microgrids receive particular attention in the … [Read more...]

Heads Up Microgrid Developers. EVs will Create $30-50B Need for Generation and Storage

A new report by The Brattle Group finds that electric vehicles (EVs) could spur the need for a $30-50 billion investment in generation and energy storage — a figure likely to catch the attention of microgrid developers. The microgrid industry sees electric vehicles creating new markets for microgrids, particularly when located in areas that … [Read more...]