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A Florida neighborhood tries out a microgrid like no other

The word "unique" gets attached to so many energy projects, it hardly has meaning anymore. But a new microgrid now operating near Tampa, Florida, lives up to the billing because of the technology it uses, the customers it serves, and the cost recovery structure it employs. Located in the Southshore Bay housing development in Hillsborough … [Read more...]

Biden administration marries transmission and microgrid funding in $2.5 billion program

The Biden administration yesterday took the first step to allot $2.5 billion to increase transmission capacity and build microgrids in certain locations. With the release of a request for information, the administration kicked off a process to fund new or improved transmission line projects that offer 500 MW to 1,000 MW of capacity and build … [Read more...]

This is why microgrids are becoming popular: Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah, a well-known energy entrepreneur who now serves as director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) loan programs, posted on LinkedIn last week: “This is why #microgrids and #distributedgeneration are becoming so popular.” Shah was referring to a US Energy Information Administration (EIA) graphic that shows power production costs falling … [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...]

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...]

Why this could be a tough winter for the US electric grid

When the folks who run the grid start to issue warnings about electric reliability, we all best sit up and take notice. They are not doomsayers or advocates for specific technologies, but the technicians who run the regional transmission organizations. They are tasked with the engineering challenge of ensuring that electric supply always … [Read more...]

Utility for British Virgin Islands seeks EPC to build solar and storage microgrid

The utility for the British Virgin Islands is prequalifying engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms as it prepares to build a 4-MW solar and storage microgrid in Paraquita Bay, Tortola. Interested companies can respond to a request for qualifications issued by British Virgin Islands Electricity. Applications are due Jan. 7, … [Read more...]

How Many Hurricanes Must Slam the Grid Before We Get the Message? 

The electric grid’s dysfunctional relationship with hurricanes offers a new twist on the Humpty-Dumpty story. Again and again when fierce storms like Hurricane Ida topple wires and poles, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men do put the grid back together again. But with the next big blow, down it goes. So it was head-scratching this … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Resources for Your Microgrid

What must you consider in choosing the right resources for your microgrid? What role might renewable energy, fossil fuels, fuel cells, energy storage and electric vehicles play? What is the upside and downside of each? Microgrid Knowledge asked experts at Microgrid 2021 to weigh in on these questions in a series of interviews. Below Ethan … [Read more...]

California Regulators to Tackle Payment for DERs Acting as Non-Wires Alternatives

California is on a cutting edge quest to find ways to accurately value decentralized energy, as evidenced last month in its microgrid tariff decision, and this week as it takes up a proposal on using distributed energy as non-wires alternatives. The California Public Utilities Commission is slated Thursday to consider two pilot programs that … [Read more...]