US DOE Opens Application Process for $65M in Connected Communities Funding

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is now accepting applications for $65 million in Connected Communities funding, which support projects that show how groups of buildings combined with distributed energy resources, including microgrids, can act as grid resources. The DOE plans to select a portfolio of grid‐interactive efficient building … [Read more...]

How to Reduce PG&E’s Diesel Use During Fire Emergencies and Shutoffs?

Microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) can help reduce Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) diesel use during California fire emergencies, but only if new incentives are implemented and DER integration systems are created. Microgrids and DERs will be most helpful, at least in the short-term, if paired with other technologies, … [Read more...]

97% Renewable Microgrid to Replace Fire-Vulnerable Line in California During Wildfire Season

A 97% renewable microgrid will allow Liberty Utilities to de-energize four miles of transmission line located in a remote Sierra Nevada location during wildfire season in California. The microgrid, from BoxPower and owned by Liberty Utilities, a regulated utility with about 50,000 customers on the West side of Lake Tahoe, is made up of 20 kW … [Read more...]

How New York is Changing the Energy Storage Play in US Competitive Markets

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) last month became the first competitive venue in the world to allow energy storage to fully participate in a wholesale energy market. Stemming from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 841, which directs all independent system operators (ISO) and regional transmission … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Approves Utility Plan with Microgrid Mandate

After two years of debate and planning, Puerto Rico finally appears positioned to re-create its electric grid with microgrids and renewable energy, mandated in a new utility integrated resource plan (IRP). The mandate came from the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau, the island’s chief energy regulator, in late August. Utility IRPs are guiding … [Read more...]

California Microgrids Flex Their Skills During Blackouts

California microgrids stepped up during the mid-August rolling blackouts, delivering flexible load and providing backup electricity, as extreme heat left the state short on power. Stone Edge Farm’s microgrid and three microgrids operated by Bloom Energy were among those that provided resiliency for their owners and community members on August … [Read more...]

Pepco Considers Non-Wires Alternatives, Issues RFI

Pepco is seeking information on possible non-wires alternatives, such as distributed energy resources, to meet a looming constraint on its distribution system in Washington, DC. The request for information (RFI) grew out of the PowerPath DC grid modernization effort launched by the district’s utility commission in January. PowerPath DC … [Read more...]

How Nanogrids Assist with Public Safety — Wildfires, Power Outages and Other Challenges

This entry from a new special report series  explores how wildfires, storms and other disasters plague the interconnected grid. Public safety nanogrids can help.  The grid challenges associated with wildfires, especially in California, are significant. To help prevent power lines from sparking wildfires in areas where fires frequently occur, … [Read more...]

How Well does the Energy Industry Serve People of Color?

The energy industy (both fossil and renewable) is failing to provide benefits to people of color, and in many instances undermining the health of this community. That was one of the messages from a group of medical, energy and poverty experts who spoke at Race and Energy, a webinar presented this week by Pecan Street, a data research and … [Read more...]

How Solar Nanogrids Help Solve the Challenge of Variability on the Grid

We explore the opportunities solar nanogrids provide for the solar installers in a new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Instant ON. It turns out while one nanogrid is good, many are even better, when they come together as virtual power plants that aid the grid. Working together, solar nanogrids can achieve even … [Read more...]