California School District Releases Terms, Pricing on Solar Microgrid Contracts with Engie

The Santa Barbara, California, school district this week approved entering into power purchase and performance service contracts with Engie Services US for 14 solar facilities, including six solar microgrids. At a January 12 meeting, the Santa Barbara Unified School District board gave the green light to power purchase agreements (PPAs) for … [Read more...]

Microgrids Win Funding Boost in US Pandemic Relief Bill

The US Congress passed a pandemic relief bill late Monday night that includes funding for microgrids, energy storage and renewable energy. The spending package includes the Energy Act of 2020, which contains consensus provisions from Senate and House energy legislation, Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Dec. … [Read more...]

The Ten Top Microgrid Stories for 2020 Indicate Rise in Curiosity About Microgrids Among Customers

Microgrid Knowledge is seeing an influx of a new kind of reader to the site, as indicated by the ten top microgrid stories for 2020. We believe the shift reflects a larger trend in the microgrid industry. In earlier years, our most-read stories tended to reflect the interests of the industry, so they were about projects, technologies, … [Read more...]

US Development Bank to Invest $2B to Overcome Energy Poverty in Partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation

The US International Development Finance Corp. (DFC) plans to invest up to $2 billion, and The Rockefeller Foundation up to $50 million, to end energy poverty by expanding development of distributed energy systems, including minigrids. The two organizations announced a memorandum of understanding today to work together to bring reliable … [Read more...]

Energy Industry Players Moving out of their Swim Lanes

New business models — such as utility use of mobile batteries for peak demand — are now emerging, along with new and needed distributed energy resource (DER) integration models, according to two new reports from Deloitte. Markets aren’t providing enough compensation for distributed energy resources (DER) which is blocking their expansion on the … [Read more...]

Third-Party Ownership Models for Modern Microgrids

We continue a special report  series, courtesy of Sapling Financial Consultants and Scale Microgrid Solutions, that explores third-party ownership models for microgrids. The interlocking, and sometimes conflicting, interests and risks associated with revenue streams, ownership and capital requirements are the key drivers in drawing up the … [Read more...]

Gridscape Receives Funds to Help Build Microgrids, Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Gridscape Solutions, a California based microgrid developer, has received a loan guarantee from the San Francisco Bay Area Air Improvement District's (BAAIQD) Climate Tech finance program. The funds will go towards building microgrids that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  According to Vipul Gore, Gridscape's president & CEO, the … [Read more...]

As It Plans World’s Biggest Virtual Power Plant, OhmConnect Warns of Market Flaws in California

OhmConnect, partnering with Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, plans a 550-MW virtual power plant (VPP), Resi-Station, created by pooling and controlling homeowners’ devices and microgrids to provide clean power for California via aggregated flexible demand. Said to be the biggest project of its kind in the world, Resi-Station will help meet … [Read more...]

PJM Close to New Rules for Utility-Owned Microgrids

The PJM Interconnection is getting close to approving rules governing microgrids operated by distribution utilities or third parties on their behalf — what it calls public distribution microgrids. After being approved by various stakeholder panels, the PJM’s Markets and Reliability Committee (MRC) is set to review the proposed rules at a … [Read more...]

US DOE Incorporates Microgrids into Plan for 16 Federal Projects

In another sign that the US government is making energy resilience a priority, the Department of Energy (DOE) is incorporating microgrids as part of a program to spur $440 million in energy improvements for 16 federal projects Announced late last week, the effort is meant to bring energy efficiency and resilience to a range of facilities … [Read more...]