Why Maryland is a State to Watch When it Comes to Microgrids: Next Round of Funding Available

While natural disasters and grid deficiencies make places like California and Puerto Rico focal points for microgrids, Maryland is quietly emerging as another key state because of its resilience grants. Just four months after awarding seed money for 14 microgrids, the state is looking for more projects. The Maryland Energy Administration … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Scores Big Win in US Wholesale Markets with FERC Order 2222

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday issued Order 2222, its much anticipated ruling that paves the way for aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs) to compete alongside traditional power plants and other grid resources in wholesale markets. The landmark ruling was heralded in a commission news release as … [Read more...]

25 Stakeholders Press California to Move Ahead with Microgrid Tariffs

Twenty-five parties today urged California regulators to finalize microgrid tariffs by January, underscoring the need to incentivize the technology in a state now characterized by wildfires, blackouts and safety power shutoffs. In a filing submitted by the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC), the stakeholders asked the public utilities … [Read more...]

Registration Opens for Microgrid 2020 Global, a Microgrid Gathering Like No Other

Microgrid Knowledge is now accepting registration for Microgrid 2020 Global, a free, multimedia event that promises to be the microgrid industry’s largest worldwide gathering yet — and its most inventive. Learn about the latest microgrid opportunities through news-broadcast style interviews with energy leaders and policymakers, livestream … [Read more...]

Ameresco and Duke to Build Unusual Floating Solar Microgrid at World’s Largest Military Base

Ameresco, Duke Energy and the military are combining forces to create a unique project at Fort Bragg in North Carolina — a floating solar microgrid.  Floating solar projects — solar panels installed on buoyant structures in a body of water — have been gradually emerging worldwide over the last decade. The technology is still relatively rare … [Read more...]

Multi-Customer Microgrids: Rare, Difficult and the Future

When the switch is flipped on the Redwood Coast Airport Renewable Energy Microgrid, it will become the first multi-customer microgrid in Northern California and one of only a handful active in the US.  This inventive project aims to be a model for creating resilient communities, but should it be successful some of its more innovative … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Approves Utility Plan with Microgrid Mandate

After two years of debate and planning, Puerto Rico finally appears positioned to re-create its electric grid with microgrids and renewable energy, mandated in a new utility integrated resource plan (IRP). The mandate came from the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau, the island’s chief energy regulator, in late August. Utility IRPs are guiding … [Read more...]

Engineering Group Sees Increase in Power Outages, Costs

Power outages — a key driver for microgrids — are becoming more frequent and costly, according to a report by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In this decade, there is a $135 billion “investment gap” for generation, $24.4 billion for transmission and $48.8 billion for the distribution system, the ASCE said in its report, … [Read more...]

Is Creating a Resilient Internet the Next Big Goal?

Few things disrupt society more than the loss of internet service, an inevitable calamity that occurs whenever the electric grid goes down. So why aren’t we developing a resilient internet, one powered by microgrids? That's the mission of a new Massachusetts company that wants to create an internet that can withstand flooding, hurricanes and … [Read more...]

California Microgrids Flex Their Skills During Blackouts

California microgrids stepped up during the mid-August rolling blackouts, delivering flexible load and providing backup electricity, as extreme heat left the state short on power. Stone Edge Farm’s microgrid and three microgrids operated by Bloom Energy were among those that provided resiliency for their owners and community members on August … [Read more...]