California PUC Urged to Order Clean Energy Solicitation to Reduce Wildfire Outages

The California Public Utilities Commission should require Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to issue a clean energy solicitation this summer to reduce the effects of wildfire-related power shutoffs, according to Tesla and other stakeholders who are participating in a state microgrid proceeding. The call for the solicitation is in … [Read more...]

How to Finance Microgrids with Opportunity Zones

To finance microgrids in the COVID-19 era, industry members have to grapple with how the work environment has been transformed, how the industry has changed and other challenges. “How we finance microgrids can position us for success to overcome future challenges,” says Tom Hawes, director of business development, non-wires alternatives, … [Read more...]

Sunbaked Texas Grid May Need Microgrids this Summer

Even in a pandemic, it seems the Texas electric grid can’t catch a break. The grid operator for most of the state warned this week that the summer is likely to bring record-breaking peak demand for electricity, a situation that can threaten electric reliability and jack up prices. It’s not unusual for the heavily air-conditioned state to … [Read more...]

San Diego Port District Seeks Bids for Microgrid

The San Diego port district is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide microgrid infrastructure at its Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. The microgrid is being funded with a $4.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and $4.4 million in matching funds. The San Diego Unified Port District is building the project to … [Read more...]

North America Now Top Microgrid Market due to Installations by Businesses

North America is now the top microgrid market, largely due to installation of commercial & industrial (C&I) microgrids, according to a new report by Guidehouse Insights, previously Navigant Research. The report found 6,610 microgrids projects worldwide, representing 31,784.6 MW of capacity, as of the first quarter of this … [Read more...]

Montgomery County Microgrid Project Highlighted in New Schneider Electric Report

Upfront cost can be a barrier to microgrids. But what if you could have a microgrid project and electrical upgrades for no money down? A new report from Schneider Electric explores this accomplishment at government facilities in Montgomery County, Md.,  energy-as-a-a-service arrangement and innovative power purchase agreement. Montgomery … [Read more...]

What’s the Ideal Way for the Microgrid Industry to Come Back from COVID-19?

Clean energy advocates are floating a range of ideas to stimluate post COVID-19 microgrid growth — from tax credits to relief funds to support for electrification of rural hospitals. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and Alliance for Rural Electrification … [Read more...]

Microgrid Investment Less Risky than Grid Projects for Africa: Report

Microgrid projects could play a major role bolstering the electric grid in Africa, which needs roughly $1 trillion in investments, according to a white paper by researchers at Boston University. The power system in sub-Saharan Africa is generally poorly developed and its quality ranges widely from country to country, and even within countries, … [Read more...]

New York’s ‘VDER’ Alternative Payment Method Helps Spur Energy Storage

New York is well on its way to meeting the state’s goal of having 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025 and 3,000 MW by the end of the decade, and the 'value of distributed energy resources,' or VDER, mechanism gets part of the credit, according to a report released by state utility regulators. The state had deployed or contracted for 706 MW of … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Likely to Spur More Microgrid Development 

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...]