Is California Better Prepared for the 2020 Wildfire Season?

A mix of dry conditions and strong winds are conspiring to make this year’s wildfire season in California especially threatening, and utilities and regulators are working to rapidly implement new resilience programs and ready microgrids to mitigate fire risk and prevent prolonged outages. The first few months of the year saw record low … [Read more...]

44% of Businesses Considering Microgrids: Survey

In a new report by Deloitte, 44% of businesses who responded to a national survey said they are considering microgrids, an increase of nine percentage points over last year’s survey. In “Deloitte Resources 2020 Study,” 54% of those considering microgrids said they have critical operations that require uninterrupted power supply, said Marlene … [Read more...]

What Do You Need to Know to Reduce Utility Charges with a Microgrid?

Let’s say microgrid developer PowerSecure has been asked to price out the feasibility of a microgrid at a retail grocery store in Wisconsin. How does the developer go about finding the utility pricing information that will demonstrate that the project is or isn’t financially viable? The answer isn’t simple, said Brian Knight, structured … [Read more...]

What the $11B Hitachi ABB Joint Venture Means to Microgrids

Several global technology giants are vying to capture the fast-growing microgrid market, and now the coming together of two — Hitachi and ABB — could reconfigure the landscape. Japan-based Hitachi and Switzerland-based ABB finalized a new $11 billion joint venture last week that will become home to ABB’s Grid Edge Solutions, its arm that … [Read more...]

Democrats Introduce US Infrastructure Plan that Includes Support for Microgrids

Hoping to ensure that clean energy investment is a major part of any potential economic recovery package, Democrats in Congress recently introduced the Moving Forward Act — a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan that would boost renewable energy, grid modernization, resilience measures and microgrids. Microgrids receive particular attention in the … [Read more...]

Caribbean Ripe for DER and Microgrid Development but Needs Financial Boost

The Caribbean is ripe for microgrid development because of the challenges of hurricanes and COVID-19, but financial constraints are getting in the way. The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is proposing some solutions. This year’s hurricane season is expected to be worse than usual, while the islans are still coming back from the impacts of … [Read more...]

What is Transactive Energy and Why is it Important to Microgrids?

The growing emphasis on using microgrids to generate revenue is leading to increased discussion of transactive energy, a concept described in a new paper by Monash University researchers and featured at the recent Microgrid Knowledge Virtual Conference. The Monash paper, "Transactive Energy Market for Energy Management in Microgrids: The … [Read more...]

Maryland Announces Funding for 14 Microgrid Projects

Maryland yesterday announced winners in its resilience solicitation, 14 facilities that speak to the range of operations now pursuing microgrid projects — from marginalized neighborhoods to food production operations to a marine terminal. The winners will divvy up $1.05 million provided by the Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) Resilient … [Read more...]

Three Key Ideas Emerging about Microgrids in an Era of Societal Disruption

Microgrids are among the disruptive class of tech, that which challenges the status quo to improve society. However, lately a technology’s worth is based less on how well it disrupts and more on how well it responds to societal disruption. With the disruption brought by COVID-19, products like teleconferencing, home delivery and telemedicine … [Read more...]

Do Hawaii’s Rules Frustrate Microgrid Growth?

Hawaii has plenty of sun available for business, home and school microgrids, but deploying them can be tough due to existing policies and regulations. Frustration is running high among people who’d like to see more solar and microgrids deployed, including a homeowner, a school district and an industry group described in this article. Some of … [Read more...]