A Smart Move by the Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid during COVID-19

COVID-19

With the economy in a holding pattern because of COVID-19, energy use is uncharacteristically low. A couple of weeks ago Blue Lake Rancheria began to worry that the low demand spelled trouble for its microgrid. However, the microgrid controller was thinking a step ahead of everybody. The Humboldt, California tribal facility installed the … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Likely to Spur More Microgrid Development 

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History tells us that disasters tend to spur new interest in microgrids. This pandemic is no exception as COVID-19 strains hospitals, data centers and food distribution and delivery systems, making power outages unthinkable. A quote in the Wall Street Journal by Peggy Noonan, being widely circulated on social media, sums up how important … [Read more...]

Could COVID-19 Give Rise to the Home Microgrid? 

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) could alter who needs reliable energy — and when — and place new importance on residential microgrids. While it’s too soon to gauge energy trends after society emerges from isolatation, short-term indicators may offer clues. For one, we’re seeing what it means when a significant portion of the US population … [Read more...]

SCE Delays Pilot Microgrids after Tight Schedule Drives up Costs 

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Saying a tight schedule is driving up costs, Southern California Edison (SCE) yesterday canceled plans for pilot microgrids in 2020 and instead will re-seek them for 2021 and 2022. The utility spelled out its new microgrid plan in a filing with California Public Utilities Commission (R.19-09-009 ). The postponement came in response to … [Read more...]

Turns out Democrats and Republicans Agree on Something: Microgrids

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In an era of bipartisan wrangling, it turns out microgrids are one thing US voters agree upon — at least once they understand them. That’s the finding of a survey conducted for the Civil Society Institute, a Massachusetts think tank that works to uncover common ground on education, healthcare, water, energy and other issues. Last year the … [Read more...]

Update: Senate Energy Bill with Implications for Microgrid Projects Stalls over Unrelated Issue

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Sweeping energy legislation with implications for microgrid development stalled this week in the US Senate over a dispute on limiting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), an unrelated issue. It appeared the bipartisan American Energy Innovation Act was set for a quick vote after its was introduced in late February by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, … [Read more...]

Neighborhood Microgrids would Provide Resilience under Sunrun Plan

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Solar and storage provider Sunrun has proposed creating neighborhood microgrids that would allow for resilience and energy sharing within “distribution islands.” The company released a paper intended to encourage utilities and other stakeholders to consider reconfiguring the grid into distribution circuits that can be islanded. Under the … [Read more...]

New California Bill Would Fund Critical Microgrids for Vulnerable Populations

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California lawmakers are considering a bill that would fund critical microgrids to help municipalities and others deal with power outages. S.B. 1215 was recently introduced by Sen. Henry Stern, a Democrat and the lead sponsor of S.B. 1339, which launched a current effort by the California Public Utilities Commission to take steps to support … [Read more...]

US’ Second Largest Egg Producer Partners with Electric Cooperatives on Microgrid

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North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives are partnering with Rose Acre Farms and its local electric cooperative, Tideland EMC, to develop an agricultural microgrid in Hyde County. The aim of the microgrid project is to deliver enhanced environmental sustainability and power grid resiliency. It will include solar panels, energy storage, and … [Read more...]

Will a Single Utility, PG&E, Boost the 2020 Microgrid Market by $1 Billion?

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By some estimates, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is creating a $1 billion opportunity for microgrids, meaning one utility in one year could boost the worldwide market by 10%. Not surprisingly, the California utility by its own account received a “robust” number of bids by companies that want to provide the microgrids. PG&E issued a … [Read more...]