Three new and different reasons for microgrids

Not so long ago, US microgrids were closely associated with severe storms. After all, they seemed to be the most likely events (with some exceptions) to knock out grid power to large swaths of the population for an extended period. In fact, in our 2019 History of microgrids in the US: From Pearl Street to plug-and-play, we traced the … [Read more...]

Piller Power executive: Reliability drives microgrid adoption in new sectors

In an interview with Elisa Wood during Microgrid 2022, Dean Richards, president and CEO of Piller Power Systems, explains why microgrids and the reliability they provide are becoming increasingly important to a growing number of industries. https://vimeo.com/722618394 Energy independence is one of the primary reasons that a growing number of … [Read more...]

The District of Columbia wants to designate certain microgrids as electric utilities

Energy regulators for the District of Columbia have taken the unusual step of proposing rules that would require certain microgrids operate as regulated electric utilities. The microgrid industry has fought such proposals for years, saying they would burden microgrids, which are smaller operations than utility companies, with a level of … [Read more...]

Ammonia joins hydrogen and biogas as a clean fuel in microgrids and ‘linear generators’

More and more alternative clean fuels are cropping up in microgrids to replace fossil fuel backup and boost resilience. For example, instead of adding fossil fuels to solar and storage — a common backup strategy — Sesame Solar added green hydrogen to the company’s mobile nanogrids. This is hydrogen produced using renewable energy. And … [Read more...]

Members of Congress urge the DOE to use infrastructure funds for microgrids

The Department of Energy (DOE) received a nudge last week from two members of Congress — Reps. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., and Andrew Garbarino, R-N.Y. — to remember microgrids when allocating infrastructure funds. In a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, the congressmen cited Section 40101 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs … [Read more...]

Maryland awards funds for three more microgrid projects

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has awarded another $359,065 for microgrids as part of its Resilient Maryland Planning Program. Three winners were chosen in the second round of the MEA's 2022 program and they will use the money to conduct feasibility analysis and other preconstruction activities. They join six other applicants … [Read more...]

District of Columbia seeks microgrid developer for medical and communications facilities

The District of Columbia is seeking a microgrid developer, owner and operator for a 4-MW project that will serve critical facilities in a mixed-use development known as the St. Elizabeths East campus.  FEMA awarded the project $20 million in April, making it the first microgrid in the country to receive funding under the Building Resilient … [Read more...]

Concord Engineering executive: Industrial microgrid market booming

Michael Fischette, CEO of Concord Engineering, discusses the future of microgrids, including the growing adoption of the technology for industry, in an interview at Microgrid 2022 with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief. https://vimeo.com/722588865 Michael Fischette, CEO of Concord Engineering, sees nothing but good news for the … [Read more...]

California wastewater and waste management agencies plan microgrid, issue RFQ/RFP

Monterey One Water, a wastewater facility in Monterey, California, plans to develop a microgrid that will be shared with a co-located waste management plant, and it has issued a solicitation for help with design and feasibility studies. The public agency has scheduled a mandatory meeting July 7 for those interested in participating. … [Read more...]

California microgrid developers gain important interconnection certainty: ‘a big step’

Distributed energy resource (DER) and microgrid developers in California and across the country want certainty about their options for — and chances of — interconnecting to the grid. For years, they’ve struggled with uncertainty that leads to increased costs and causes delays. The developers have had to put their solar projects through an … [Read more...]