Here comes the future: Bronzeville ‘microgrid cluster’ set to begin operating this year

Commonwealth Edison’s (ComEd) Bronzeville Community Microgrid is a much-watched project that, for the first time in the US, creates a utility microgrid cluster, in this case by linking with the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) microgrid. This means that during an outage, IIT’s microgrid and the Bronzeville microgrid can both island … [Read more...]

RFQ attracts 19 applicants to build a microgrid in the British Virgin Islands

Nineteen companies have responded to a request for qualifications (RFQ) issued by British Virgin Islands Electricity (BVIEC) for a microgrid at Paraquita Bay. BVIEC, the islands' utility, is now reviewing the responses. Those selected will be invited to bid in a future tender when the utility seeks engineering, procurement and construction … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico’s utility needs to act on solar, storage and microgrids, says industry group

A solar and storage advocacy group in Puerto Rico wants the island's utility to get moving on required investments in solar, storage and microgrids as ordered by regulators. The Solar and Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico (SESA) said the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) needs to push forward to meet the island's aggressive … [Read more...]

Why fixing the electric grid is not enough

In the third article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Think Microgrid, we explore why fixing the grid alone will not ensure electric reliability or energy equity.  While there is little doubt that the grid needs to be improved, it is clear that an exclusive large-scale, centralized approach is no longer … [Read more...]

Microgrids provide more than just reliability

Hospitals, colleges, utilities and a growing number of other industries are turning to microgrids as they look for reliable ways to power their operations. Looking beyond reliability, a new white paper from Mesa Solutions outlines some lesser known benefits that a microgrid can provide.  Mesa Solutions describes a microgrid as being "like … [Read more...]

The grid is not prepared for the 21st century

In the second article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Think Microgrid, we'll explore why the electric grid is not prepared for the 21st century.  Climate disaster is upon us. We are not ready. Electricity is essential to survival and prosperity in a contemporary world, but the electric grid — the … [Read more...]

Unleashing renewable fuels now to bridge the gap to net zero

Chris Ellis, executive vice president of distributed infrastructure at PowerSecure, explores why renewable fuels such as renewable diesel should be considered by businesses looking to ensure reliable, safe and low-carbon backup power generation. It’s no surprise businesses are racing to install backup generation resources to boost the … [Read more...]

California bills aim to help communities create resilience, cut emissions with microgrids and DERs

With big leaps in the use of diesel generators in California, The Climate Center and Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, want to take action with microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) so they are doubling down this year on winning passage of the Community Energy Resilience Act, SB 833. Use of backup generators has increased in the San … [Read more...]

New York state creates plan for green hydrogen microgrids

Gov. Kathy Hochul wants New York to become a green hydrogen hub and is counting on fuel cell microgrids to help it get there. The hydrogen plan is contained within New York's 2022 State of the State book, released Jan. 5 when Hochul delivered the annual address. “Just days after being sworn into office, we were slammed with Hurricane … [Read more...]

A public policy vision for microgrids as a climate solution

Brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Think Microgrid, this is the first article in a series that provides a public policy vision for microgrids as a climate solution. It is excerpted from a new Think Microgrid vision paper. The decisions of policymakers today establish and design the markets of tomorrow. Technology catches up with — and … [Read more...]