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...]

California Pays DERs Too Little in Attempt to Curb Blackouts

A decision from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that aims to reduce the potential for blackouts because of hot weather this summer falls short for distributed energy resources (DERs) in California, industry members said. The ruling, "Decision Directing Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company … [Read more...]

Lawmakers in 20 States Introduce 69 Microgrid Bills

Amid a growing focus on grid resilience, lawmakers in 20 US states have introduced about 69 microgrid-related bills so far this year. The legislation comes as state lawmakers are increasingly taking steps to support grid modernization, including exploring the role that microgrids and new energy management technologies can play in updating … [Read more...]

Defense Department Continues Research into Vanadium Flow Batteries with Ameresco

The US Department of Defense has begun its second phase of research into vanadium flow batteries in partnership with Ameresco, a developer of clean energy and microgrid projects. As part of the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), the study is being done in Golden, Colorado, at the National Renewable Energy … [Read more...]

PG&E Power Outages Could Jump under Judge’s Proposal. But is PSPS Even Needed?

A federal judge is considering requiring California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to change its criteria for instituting public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) in a way that is expected to sharply increase the number of planned power outages across the utility’s service territory. California’s investor-owned utilities cut off … [Read more...]

Minigrids Act as the Seed of Change in Cameroon

In the Central African country of Cameroon, electricity is scarce outside of major cities. But that may soon change because of a public-private partnership that has a set goal of installing 750 minigrids. The effort is about more than lighting up the 11,000 villages that lack power; the partners hope to foster long-term social, environmental … [Read more...]