Sonnen Welcomes America to the Future with a Hometown Virtual Power Plant

Sonnen

Before Sonnen became involved in a new and innovative Arizona project — a clean energy hive of 2,900 homes designed to act as a virtual power plant — the German company was frustrated with the US. In fact, Blake Richetta, Sonnen senior vice president, says that his CEO used a mild expletive to describe what it’s like trying to convince … [Read more...]

Recent Superstorms Spotlight the Need to Address Aging Electrical Infrastructure

electrical Infrastructure

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Schneider Electric’s Mark Feasel explores how the recent particularly destructive hurricane season put a spotlight on the need to address aging electrical infrastructure.  This year’s hurricane season has been unprecedented. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria have had a major impact on human … [Read more...]

Military Microgrid at Twentynine Palms Set to Undergo Expansion

military microgrid

A 10-MW military microgrid in the California city Twentynine Palms is set to undergo a $7.8 million expansion as part of long-term plan to achieve energy independence. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center's (MCAGCC) received a task order for the job in late September from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) "This project is a … [Read more...]

What’s Electric Resilience Worth to You?

electric resilience

Power outages are a nuisance to some, an economic burden to others, and even lethal in some cases. Because the pain that outages inflict varies so much, it is hard to place a universal price on electric resilience. So it is crucial that each customer knows what power loss costs them as they weigh their need for a microgrid, according to … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids: Central Pillar of the Local Energy Revolution

community microgrids

Community microgrids are popping up in cities and towns all over the U.S. as the local energy revolution takes hold. Recent storms and power outages are helping drive this trend, as well. A guide from Microgrid Knowledge , explores the role of the community microgrid and its growing popularity as many city leaders look for more clean, … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Energy Storage Helped Arizona Utility Prevail on Hot & Dark Days

microgrids and energy storage

It’s been a tough year for North American electric grids -- hurricanes, heat, fires, an eclipse. But an Arizona utility is reporting that it did just fine with some help from new microgrids and energy storage. “Driving past a microgrid or energy storage unit, many customers wouldn’t look twice, but those technologies are playing an increasingly … [Read more...]

What is it about Humboldt County and Microgrids?

airport microgrid

Take note of the microgrid activity in Humboldt County, California, where this week officials approved plans to seek state funding for an airport microgrid. Should the project come to fruition, it will be the community’s second microgrid. The first is the much-cited Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid, now in operation. Two microgrids might not … [Read more...]

Interest in Microgrids is Building in the Washington, DC Area

interest in microgrids

Annette Osso, managing director of Resilient Virginia, describes the growing interest in microgrids -- a topic that will be explored at a gathering of microgrid and energy storage leaders next week in Washington, D.C.  Leaders in Energy and Resilient Virginia are teaming up on October 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m., to bring together an exceptional group of … [Read more...]

Tanzania’s Mini-grids and the Pitfalls and Potential of the Pan-Africa Microgrid Market

Tanzania’s mini-grids

Eliminating energy poverty looms large among the 17 main goals that make up the UN’s strategic sustainable development agenda. Sub-Saharan Africa, where more people lack access to electrical power than any other major world region, is a focal point for associated efforts. Mini and microgrids are playing a growing role. More than 70 percent of … [Read more...]

Could Alaska’s Microgrids Seed the Globe?

Alaska microgrid

The chase is on among states to become the economic and technology hub of the growing microgrid industry. California and the Northeast states are neck-and-neck. But watch for a spoiler – Alaska. One could even argue that the Alaska microgrid industry already won. The northern most state boasts 12 percent of the world’s microgrids, making it the … [Read more...]