IKEA Foundation and Rockefeller to Infuse $1 Billion into Global Electrification

The IKEA Foundation, a philanthropic organization formed by the founder of furniture giant IKEA, and The Rockefeller Foundation have set up a $1 billion platform to develop minigrids and other decentralized energy projects for the 3.6 billion people with unreliable electricity or none at all. Announced Monday, the program aims to reduce 1 … [Read more...]

Texas Again Creates a Reminder of the Value of Microgrids

Four months after Texas endured five days of blackouts, the state is again at the brink of not having enough power to meet its needs, bringing another reminder of the value microgrids can bring to customers and to the wider grid. Instead of the effects of unusually cold weather that blanketed Texas and parts of the mid-continent in February, … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Will Change the Way Electricity Is Made, Delivered and Used

Microgrids — managed by sophisticated software — are part of a shift toward on-site power production, driven by businesses and organizations that want to control their own energy destiny, according to a group of panelists at the Microgrid 2021 conference. Growth in microgrids comes as customers increasingly look for solutions to various … [Read more...]

UC Berkeley Seeks Help as It Pursues Microgrid Project

The University of California, Berkeley, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a financial consultant to help the university set up a renewable energy microgrid covering its campus. After studying the issue for several years, the university late last year narrowed its options for replacing its aging natural gas-fired combined heat and … [Read more...]

Scale Microgrid Solutions Acquires Microgrid in Bridgeport, Connecticut

As part of its growth strategy, Scale Microgrid Solutions has acquired a microgrid that serves three key municipal facilities in Bridgeport, Connecticut. “Scale is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire and optimize distributed energy resources, including those currently in commercial operations or in late-stage development,” … [Read more...]

Maryland Agency Awards $566,000 in Microgrid Grants

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) issued $566,000 in microgrid grants to eight organizations to fund feasibility studies, planning and design for projects. The funding is from the agency’s Resilient Maryland program, which aims to help eligible organizations and governmental entities set up microgrids, resiliency hubs, resilient … [Read more...]

BRIC Microgrid Opportunity Grows as Biden Doubles Funding to $1 Billion

In an opportunity for microgrids and energy storage, the Biden administration has doubled to $1 billion the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program, a grant program for infrastructure resiliency. The additional funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program will allow more communities to … [Read more...]

Blackstone Commits $500 Million for GreenStruxure Microgrids

A Blackstone company has committed microgrid financing of up to $500 million for GreenStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and Huck Capital that develops modular, energy-as-a-service microgrids for commercial and industrial (C&I), and governmental medium-sized buildings. The agreement with Blackstone's ClearGen allows … [Read more...]

DC Water Issues Request for Interest in Wastewater Microgrid Project

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority has issued a microgrid RFI (request for interest) for the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, D.C. DC Water is holding an outreach meeting at 3 p.m. May 25 to discuss the RFI. Letters of interest are due June 14. DC Water said it issued the RFI on May 14 to get … [Read more...]

Group Plans Community Microgrid in Los Angeles Neighborhood. RFP to Go Out this Year

A nonprofit group in Los Angeles, California, is preparing to develop a community microgrid in the city’s Pacific Palisades neighborhood. The group, Resilient Palisades, expects the community microgrid to boost resiliency in an area plagued by power outages, as well as lower electricity costs and improve the environment. In the project’s … [Read more...]