Update: President Joe Biden signs Inflation Reduction Act. What will change for microgrids?

Update: On Tuesday, August 16, one day after this story was published, US President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. Here are 8 changes (all good) it's expected to bring to microgrids.  The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is now just a pen swipe away from becoming law following its approval Saturday by the US … [Read more...]

A less obvious way the climate bill will help microgrids

Microgrid costs are likely to fall due to the Inflation Reduction Act, but that’s only one factor that promises to drive up demand for microgrids, should the climate bill pass the House as expected. The second reason has to do with how the new law will accelerate the growth of renewable energy. Microgrids are increasingly viewed as a … [Read more...]

California urged to move faster on $200 million in microgrid incentives

With power outages becoming a routine worry for many Californians, several groups last week pushed state regulators to act quickly on microgrid incentives — which are now more than a year in the making. “This program was designed and decided in early 2021, yet parties have spent months debating the implementation details,” said the Microgrid … [Read more...]

Now available! View Microgrid 2022 on demand

If you couldn’t attend Microgrid 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this past June, good news. We captured every session on video and it’s now available for you to view on demand. Each of the panel discussions, breakout sessions, workshops and keynote addresses can be accessed through the links below or via the Microgrid Knowledge video … [Read more...]

Update: Climate bill — which could cut microgrid costs 10% to 50% — passes US Senate on Sunday

“This is a big, big deal,” said Cameron Brooks, executive director of Think Microgrid about the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), an inflation and climate bill that’s now before Congress and expected to cut microgrid costs. His comments echoed the views of numerous microgrid industry members. “Combining all the impacts, this bill will cut the … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County draws 37 responses from RFI for microgrids and new utility

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, said it received a “tremendous response” to its recent request for information (RFI) to build multiple microgrids and establish a county utility. Issued in early June, the RFI drew 37 responses from across the country offering guidance on the technical, commercial and contractual frameworks for the project planned in … [Read more...]

What States Have the Best Electrification Policies?

The folks who set up a friendly competition among the states to spur more energy efficiency are now bringing the same strategy to electric vehicles with a new electrification scorecard. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy this week released its first-ever ranking of how well states are doing in electrifying transportation. The … [Read more...]

Electrification Could Save as Much as $800 Billion: NREL

A new federal electrification study finds potential cost savings of $800 billion through 2050 by electrifying the US economy, depending on several variables including the extent of electrification. The report is the fifth installment in the National Renewable Energy Lab's (NREL) multiyear Electrification Futures Study (EFS) series, which … [Read more...]

Who is Funding Electrification?

Funding electrification is likely to be a high priority for the Biden administration as it enacts new climate policies in the U.S. But as is often the case when it comes to energy transformation, bellwether states are already ahead of the game. Some of these states are tapping into the $3 billion pool of funds from the settlement with … [Read more...]

DOE Offers Up to $35M to Accelerate Batteries and Electrification

The U.S. Department of Energy is making $35 million available to support research into batteries and electrification with concept papers due February 5 and full applications due on April 7. Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the program is part of an effort by the federal government to find more affordable, … [Read more...]