Why Use Natural Gas in Microgrids?

natural gas-fired microgrids

We explore the advantages of natural gas-fired microgrids in part four of a six-part Microgrid Knowledge Special Report Series on the affordable microgrid. Microgrids can use a variety of generation sources: natural gas, diesel, flywheels, fuel cells, energy storage, solar panels and even wind turbines. Here we look at what natural gas … [Read more...]

Juhl Energy’s Journey from Utility-Scale Wind to Microgrids

microgrid finance

Juhl Energy has built its business around developing, owning and operating utility-scale wind. But market conditions have changed, and now the Minnesota company is expanding its reach, including into microgrid finance. Unregulated subsidiaries of large utilities have come to dominate utility-scale wind power in the US. That prompted Juhl … [Read more...]

Let’s Count the Many Ways Microgrids Serve the Greater Good

microgrids serve the greater good

If you think of microgrids as mere backup power, think again. That was the message from panelists at Microgrid 2018 who described how microgrids serve the greater good in the U.S and abroad. Their projects include electrifying parts of Somalia, helping prevent brain drain in Africa and India, cost-effectively solving a utility’s peak problems in … [Read more...]

History of Energy in Illinois Starts and Ends with Renewables-Based Microgrids

renewable-based microgrids

Back in the 1890s, Samuel Insull, the founder of Commonwealth Edison, began providing energy in Illinois with renewables-based microgrids. More than a century later, Illinois is once again embracing renewables-based microgrids, with a handful of the most innovative microgrids now being developed and launched in Chicago. That was the engaging … [Read more...]

Microgrid Market Growing, But Education about Benefits Needed

microgrid market

The microgrid market is growing — at different paces in different segments — but the industry needs to educate others about its benefits, according to leading industry members. “I would consider the current microgrid market to be highly diverse. There are opportunities to be involved in utility, building, campus, government, and industrial … [Read more...]

Denver Seeks Energy Developers for Microgrid at Planned $1B National Western Center

microgrid developers

Denver continues to forge ahead with sustainable energy projects, this time with release of a solicitation seeking microgrid developers for the $1 billion National Western Center (NWC). The city and county have issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for energy developers to help design, build, operate and maintain the microgrid, which … [Read more...]

Will LNG Microgrids Find a Ready Market in Puerto Rico?

LNG microgrids

For all its electricity struggles – or rather because of them – Puerto Rico has become a rich, primordial soup for energy innovation. The latest to emerge are LNG microgrids. A combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG), renewables and energy storage, the product is now being offered on the island by Southern Company’s subsidiary PowerSecure and … [Read more...]

The Microgrids Worked as Puerto Rico’s Grid Went Down Again

reslient power

Reports from sources on the ground show that new microgrids and nanogrids in Puerto Rico proved their worth last week, providing resilient power in the wake of an island-wide grid outage April 18. Still struggling to bring parts of the island back from September's Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico was plunged into darkness when a contractor's truck … [Read more...]

Here’s How Repeatable and Turnkey Microgrids Can Drive Down Costs

turnkey microgrids

What's the key to unlocking the commercial and industrial market? Repeatable and turnkey microgrids, says Lisa Laughner, president and CEO, Go Electric, a microgrid provider. Most microgrids today are custom designed, which can be expensive. Standardization drives down cost. “In order for commercial and industrial customers to readily … [Read more...]

Can Biogas CHP Help Duke University Meet Aggressive Climate Goals?

renewable bio gas

Duke University is exploring what it takes to acquire and transport renewable biogas from North Carolina hog farms for what may turn out to be a new, microgrid-ready combined heat and power (CHP) plant on the university's main campus. The biogas project emerged after students protested plans by the university and Duke Energy to build … [Read more...]