California puts pedal to the metal to gain acceptance of vehicle-to-microgrid technology

Only a few programs are now in place to test the viability of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle-to-microgrid programs. But in California — a state that is threatened by wildfire-related power outages — the pressure is on to speed adoption of the promising technology. To explore the intricacies of V2G and vehicle-to-microgrid programs, … [Read more...]

5 strategies to reduce microgrid costs from the experts

To cut microgrid costs, industry experts offer five strategies: optimize the energy resources to ensure they provide the most benefits, consider cost- and time-saving design tweaks, avoid overengineering, take advantage of standard packages and look into financing that involves no upfront costs. Patrick Lee, president and CEO of PXiSE Energy … [Read more...]

Microgrid projects to the moon and back

Developers say microgrid projects are being planned pretty much everywhere now. I suspect they mean everywhere on Earth. It turns out they are thinking small. Why not a microgrid on the moon? A US federal lab thinks it's plausible — and may even be necessary — if we are to venture further to Mars. The Sandia National Laboratories is … [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...]

A solar microgrid changes the lives of Puerto Ricans struggling without power and water

It’s unusual for solar microgrids to spark tears of happiness. But that’s what happened in a small mountain community in Puerto Rico. Even before Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the community of La Montana — located in the mountains within the town of Yauco — didn’t have grid power because of its remote location and rough terrain. And after … [Read more...]

Microgrids as the next duct tape: The military’s latest projects

In its quest to improve national security, the US military often inadvertently advances innovations that benefit us in everyday life. The military gets credit for microwaves, GPS and duct tape to name a few. It looks like future historians may add microgrids to the list. To be clear, the US military didn’t invent microgrids. Thomas Edison … [Read more...]

Parker Village would keep energy wealth circulating within a Detroit-area community

Juan Shannon returned to his hometown, Highland Park, Michigan, to move his entertainment business but soon found himself pursuing an even bigger plan: a village where low-income residents get a stake in clean, local energy. Highland Park, which covers three square miles close to Detroit, ranks in the 94th percentile for low-income status in … [Read more...]

Russia doesn’t know it, but it just made a strong case for local energy

The worldwide headline today is that Russia is cutting natural gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria unless they pay in rubles, making energy, in essence, a weapon of war. European leaders described Russia's move as blackmail to undercut their support of Ukraine. Russia's actions make real the longtime worry that European countries are too … [Read more...]

New York City energy veterans defend the home turf with microgrids

New York holds a special place in the hearts of microgridders because it was early to the game, rolling out a $40 million program to promote the technology eight years ago, back when the term microgrids was so new to the lexicon that spell-checkers were convinced you meant micrograms. Ultimately, the state program, known as NY Prize, was … [Read more...]

Group plans microgrid-based hydrogen highway in California

Around the world, more and more hydrogen microgrids are cropping up. For example, Gov. Kathy Hochul wants New York to become a green hydrogen hub and wants fuel cell microgrids — which use green hydrogen — to help it achieve this goal. NTPC, the largest utility in India, planned to construct the nation’s first stand-alone fuel cell … [Read more...]