Looks Who’s Speaking at Microgrid California!

Microgrid Knowledge today announced that it has chosen the speakers and released the full agenda for “Microgrid California: Keeping the Power Flowing During Grid Disruption,” a one-day educational forum Oct. 5 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The in-person event is designed to help those in government and industry overcome challenges they face … [Read more...]

Energy Access Fund to Boost Development of Off-Grid Microgrids and Minigrids

A new energy access fund has been launched in a bid to promote and support the development of microgrids and other measures across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Pacific. The Energy Access Relief Fund (EARF) is backed by a partnership of 16 governments, foundations and investors. Managed by Social Investment Managers and Advisors (SIMA), its … [Read more...]

US’ Largest County — Los Angeles — Proposes Agency to Support Microgrids in a Large Swath of California 

The County of Los Angeles last week made an eye-opening proposal — a $41 million program that includes a regional microgrid agency to serve an area that encompasses roughly half of California’s population. The county hopes to do for microgrids what a similar initiative, Southern California Regional Energy Network County (SoCalREN), did for … [Read more...]

Montgomery County’s Microgrid Electric Bus Depot Under Construction

Construction of a 5.6 MW microgrid with distributed energy generation, energy storage and over 2 MW of charging capacity is now underway at the Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot in Montgomery County, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C., after groundbreaking on Sept. 9. AlphaStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and the … [Read more...]

New Video: Beyond Resilience in the Age of Extremes

How can we enhance resilience, decarbonize and enhance electricity affordability — all with the same solution? Find out in a new video from Hoffman Power Consulting. The age of extremes Our world is changing; we seem to have entered an age of extremes. As we’ve all seen, hurricanes are increasing in frequency and intensity. Unprecedented … [Read more...]

Congressional Committee Authorizes Microgrid at Ohio Air Base

The National Defense Authorization Act, which is moving through the US House of Representatives, allocates $4.7 million to set up a military microgrid at a military-civil airport in Ohio. The House Armed Services Committee approved the $768 billion bill for fiscal year 2022 on Sept. 2, sending it to the House floor for a vote. Tucked in the … [Read more...]

Briggs & Stratton Acquires SimpliPhi Power 

Engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton has acquired SimpliPhi Power, a California-based battery manufacturer whose technology can be found in many microgrids. Wisconsin-based Briggs & Stratton, which describes itself as the largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, plans to speed its growth into the energy … [Read more...]

What Role Do Microgrids Play in the Biden Administration’s 40% Solar Vision?

A new Department of Energy (DOE) report, which finds that solar could account for about 40% of the US electricity supply by 2035, offers a vision of the role microgrids would play on an increasingly renewable grid. “We can no longer look at solar technologies in isolation — we must look at how they interact with the full energy system,” Becca … [Read more...]

The Strategic Role of AI for Microgrids

Sean McEvoy, senior VP Energy at Veritone, describes AI for microgrids and explains how it provides reliable power with speed and precision. The AI challenge: Predicting the unpredictable Advanced microgrids manage a range of variables in their effort to produce the cleanest, most efficient and most reliable energy. Even under ideal … [Read more...]

Pandemic Created Slowdown but Didn’t Stop Completion of Snohomish County PUD’s Microgrid 

Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD), the second largest public utility in Washington state, started construction on its long-planned airport microgrid in Arlington, Washington, just a few weeks before the first case of COVID-19 in the US was identified. The airport is just a few miles from the PUD’s Everett, Washington, headquarters, … [Read more...]