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With new tax credits just a pen swipe away, what will change for microgrids?

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is now just a pen swipe away from becoming law following its approval Saturday by the US House. President Joe Biden said he expects to sign the $430 million bill into law this week, which the House approved 220 to 207 following a 51-50 approval by the Senate on Aug. 7.  By creating new tax credits and … [Read more...]

Lima Company executive: Economic trends will drive microgrid policy change

In an interview with Microgrid Knowledge's Editor-in-Chief Elisa Wood, Jason Kaplan, vice president for energy services at Lima Company, explains how macroeconomic trends like inflation and rising energy prices will drive microgrid policy changes and present a real opportunity for the microgrid industry. https://vimeo.com/722585126 From inflation … [Read more...]

5 reasons to worry about the state of the grid: NERC report

For those wondering why microgrid use is growing, a new report on the state of the grid by the North American Energy Reliability Corp. (NERC) might offer some insight. The report, “2022 State of Reliability,” doesn’t talk about microgrids, but it does describe grid vulnerabilities that are jeopardizing electric reliability. Concern about the … [Read more...]

District of Columbia seeks microgrid developer for medical and communications facilities

The District of Columbia is seeking a microgrid developer, owner and operator for a 4-MW project that will serve critical facilities in a mixed-use development known as the St. Elizabeths East campus.  FEMA awarded the project $20 million in April, making it the first microgrid in the country to receive funding under the Building Resilient … [Read more...]

California microgrid developers gain important interconnection certainty: ‘a big step’

Distributed energy resource (DER) and microgrid developers in California and across the country want certainty about their options for — and chances of — interconnecting to the grid. For years, they’ve struggled with uncertainty that leads to increased costs and causes delays. The developers have had to put their solar projects through an … [Read more...]

Australian university studies possible network of coastal microgrids in New South Wales

One Step Off The Grid’s Sophie Vorrath describes an Australian university's plan to investigate a possible network of coastal microgrids in New South Wales Eurobodalla Shire, a region vulnerable to power outages. A project led by the Australian National University (ANU) has selected eight sites on the New South Wales south coast for a deeper … [Read more...]

For storage, solar and microgrid industries, Biden’s solar tariff inquiry extension is good news

President Biden’s decision last week to delay a disruptive solar tariff inquiry from the US Department of Commerce for two years and boost US solar production came as a relief to the storage, solar and microgrid industries. Members of these industries said they were seeing higher prices, long delays and less investment that threatened the … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, releases RFI in next step to create unique microgrid-centered utility

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, issued a request for information (RFI) yesterday in its latest step to set up one of the nation’s most ambitious microgrid projects, which includes the creation of its own county utility. The RFI is a precursor to a request for proposals the county intends to issue for multiple microgrids developed in public/private … [Read more...]

DER and microgrid companies poised to help as summer heat threatens the US grid

With grid operators signaling that that the summer could bring power shortfalls, companies that pool together resources such as residential and commercial solar, storage and microgrids are poised to jump in and provide grid flexibility in an effort to keep the lights on. The Washington Post recently described the electric grid as "wheezing" … [Read more...]

Alaska looks to microgrids as it transitions away from an oil economy

Traditionally dependent on an oil economy, Alaska is looking to renewables and microgrids to generate wealth, cut energy costs, boost resilience and transition away from fossil fuels. The Port of Alaska, Homer Electric and others are developing new microgrids or upgrading existing fossil-fueled microgrids with renewables and storage. “As a … [Read more...]