Native American Energy Developer to Build Tribal Microgrid with $1.2M California Grant 

Indian Energy, a Native American-owned microgrid development and systems integration firm, plans to install flywheel technology as long-duration, non-lithium ion energy storage at a microgrid in San Diego County. This year, it was among organizations awarded grants by the California Energy Commission to demonstrate long-lasting, reliable, … [Read more...]

US DOE Opens Application Process for $65M in Connected Communities Funding

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is now accepting applications for $65 million in Connected Communities funding, which support projects that show how groups of buildings combined with distributed energy resources, including microgrids, can act as grid resources. The DOE plans to select a portfolio of grid‐interactive efficient building … [Read more...]

Concentric to Build 35-MW Microgrid in California with Innovative Wholesale Power Agreement

Concentric Power has struck a deal to build a 35-MW microgrid project in Gonzales, California that will operate under an unusual wholesale power agreement that involves a municipal utility, a local electric authority and retail customers. Unveiled yesterday, the $70 million microgrid is an economic development play to help attract businesses … [Read more...]

Generac to Buy Virtual Power Plant Company Enbala

Generac Holdings, known for its backup generators, is continuing its expansion into distributed energy markets by agreeing to buy Enbala Power Networks, a virtual power plant company that makes optimization and control software. Utilities and energy retailers use Enbala’s software to create and manage virtual power plants — aggregations of … [Read more...]

Temecula Valley Schools to Issue Microgrid RFP

California’s Temecula Valley Unified School District is expected to issue a request for proposals (RFP) this week for two solar and storage microgrids, according to Sage Energy Consulting. The district, which provides public education in Riverside County, plans to install one of the microgrids at a new elementary/middle school being developed in … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara Selects Winner in School Microgrid RFP

The Santa Barbara, California, school district has agreed to move forward with contracting for 14 solar facilities, including six solar microgrids with Engie Services US. The Santa Barbara Unified School District board is slated to vote on a 28-year power purchase agreement with Engie at a November meeting, Steve Vizzolini, the school … [Read more...]

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...]

New York Regulators Approve Demand Response Change to Spur Storage

The New York Public Service Commission approved demand response program rules aimed at giving energy storage resources long-term contracting opportunities. In its September 17 decision, the commission changed proposed dynamic load management (DLM) implementation plans for New York’s six major electric utilities (CASE 18-E-0130). The plans … [Read more...]

How New York is Changing the Energy Storage Play in US Competitive Markets

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) last month became the first competitive venue in the world to allow energy storage to fully participate in a wholesale energy market. Stemming from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 841, which directs all independent system operators (ISO) and regional transmission … [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...]