Latest US Infrastructure Bill Continues to Champion Microgrids, Resilience and Remote Communities

The bipartisan infrastructure bill — which mentions microgrids five times — would pump billions of dollars into the US grid, partly to bolster reliability and resilience. Unveiled Aug. 1, the roughly $1.2 trillion bill is a slimmed down version of legislation floated by the White House in late March. The much-awaited bill includes about … [Read more...]

Advanced Microgrids Create Value for Utilities and Consumers

A new white paper from PowerSecure looks at how advanced microgrids, designed with an understanding of the dynamics and evolution of the modern power grid, can create extraordinary value for both utilities and consumers. Microgrids are often thought of as a form of backup power or a boutique renewable energy project. But, according to the … [Read more...]

Asking All the Questions You Can Ask about a Microgrid via Georgia Tech Project

A partnership between the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia Power, a Southern Company utility, aims to study “all the questions you can ask about a microgrid” through the 1.4-MW Tech Square Microgrid, a behind-the-meter demonstration project in midtown Atlanta on the Georgia Tech campus. Owned by Georgia Power, the Tech Square … [Read more...]

Microgrids Protect Essential Water Services for California Residents During Outages

Communities can live without power, but they can’t survive without water. That’s  one of the reasons the Ventura County Public Works Agency's water and sanitation department in California is planning a microgrid at its Moorpark Water Reclamation Facility, which serves low-income residents. Microgrid provider PowerFlex is financing and … [Read more...]

Carbon-Cutting Floating Wind Generators Power Microgrids for Oil and Gas Rigs

When oil and gas companies are looking for microgrids to power their offshore rigs, offshore wind has generally not been a technology of choice. Traditionally, oil and gas installations have used gas turbine generators to generate the electric power needed to run their drilling operations, which require several hundred megawatts for heating, … [Read more...]

What Needs to be Done to Move the Microgrid Industry Forward? Q&A with SEL

Three challenges right now are electric resiliency, cybersecurity threats and a fragile grid. Scott Manson, engineering technology director for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), explains how microgrids can help in an interview with Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, as part of the Microgrid 2021 Executive Interview … [Read more...]

In Midst of Record Heat Wave, Oregon Passes Clean Energy Bill with Microgrid Provisions

In the midst of a record-breaking heat wave, wildfires and power outages, the Oregon Legislature Sunday passed a bill, HB 2021 C, that calls for 100% clean energy by 2040 as well as the inclusion of microgrids as part of community-based renewable energy projects. Oregon Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign the bill. Temperatures hit 108 … [Read more...]

Will Utility Partnerships in Minigrid Projects Help Overcome Electrification Barriers in Uganda?

In Uganda, numerous challenges stand in the way of providing reliable electricity. But a pilot minigrid project aims to help overcome the roadblocks. Most utilities are government owned and lose money. In fact, only two utilities of the 39 in sub-Saharan Africa yield a positive cash flow, and they are privately owned, said Sumaya Mahomed, … [Read more...]

Artificial Intelligence Brings Resilience and Affordability to the Grid

A new white paper from Veritone presents five artificial intelligence (AI)-powered solutions that help those in the electric power industry enhance grid resilience, increase the rate of decarbonization and improve affordability of delivered electricity. The electric power industry currently faces three key challenges: the need for increased … [Read more...]

Microgrids Open Doors to Future DER Opportunities

A new white paper from PXiSE Energy Solutions explores how microgrids can help utilities leverage diverse distributed energy resources (DER) to better serve their customers and reposition themselves in the energy supply value chain. Microgrids have been around since the days of Thomas Edison, and, according to the white paper, many of the … [Read more...]