What FERC Order 2222-A Means for Microgrids and Energy Democracy

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 2222-A, released March 18, continues efforts by US regulators to remove barriers for aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs) in wholesale markets. And it may unlock new revenue streams for microgrids. That’s the word from Norman Bay, former chairman of FERC, who called the order … [Read more...]

Alaska Governor Seeks Green Bank for Microgrids, Clean Energy

Lawmakers in Alaska are working on legislation introduced by the governor that could create a green bank to provide funding for microgrids and other clean energy projects. On April 9, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced the Alaska Energy Independence Act (SB 123, HB 170) to spur sustainable energy development by issuing loans for qualified … [Read more...]

A 28-MW Virgin Islands Microgrid Receives FEMA Funding

A 28-MW microgrid project in the US Virgin Islands was awarded $4.4 million by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the project’s initial phase. The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) will use the funding to design and engineer the project, according to Noel Hodge, the utility’s interim executive director. WAPA … [Read more...]

Australia’s Northern Territory to Offer Competitive Tender for Remote Microgrids

This article, by Sophie Vorrath, first appeared in One Step off the Grid, a publication based in Australia The Northern Territory (NT) government has laid the foundations for plans to transition scores of remote indigenous communities to renewable-based power systems by 2030, with the announcement of $2 million in funding and a competitive … [Read more...]

Minigrids Act as the Seed of Change in Cameroon

In the Central African country of Cameroon, electricity is scarce outside of major cities. But that may soon change because of a public-private partnership that has a set goal of installing 750 minigrids. The effort is about more than lighting up the 11,000 villages that lack power; the partners hope to foster long-term social, environmental … [Read more...]

Not Wanting to Become Texas, New Jersey Grants $4 Million for Microgrid Studies

New Jersey regulators last week approved an additional $4 million for detailed microgrid designs as part of its ongoing Town Center Distributed Energy Resources Microgrid Program. The proposed microgrids, all for government entities, would serve 24 FEMA Category IV facilities (such as hospitals, police stations and water supply facilities) … [Read more...]

Texas Crisis Reveals the Grid’s Complications

The recent Texas disaster  has accelerated the conversation about creating a clean, resilient grid. But much work needs to be done to achieve that goal, according to three speakers who participated in a the recent Pecan Street webinar, "Addressing Technology Roadblocks to Clean Energy Adoption.” Pecan Street conducts research aimed at … [Read more...]

Biden Administration Names Jigar Shah Head of US DOE’s $44 Billion Loan Program

The Biden administration selected Jigar Shah, a well-known figure in the microgrid community, to run the Department of Energy’s (DOE) loan program, which has about $44 billion in available lending authority. The DOE is expected to play a central role in the Biden administration’s efforts to fight climate change. President Joe Biden aims to … [Read more...]

House Climate Bill Includes Billions for Microgrid Funding

A sweeping climate bill introduced in the US House of Representatives this week includes billions in microgrid funding. The CLEAN Future Act authorizes $565 billion in spending to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, with an interim target of reducing carbon pollution by 50% from 2005 levels by the end of this decade. The … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County Sets March 3 Hearing Date for Plan that Calls for Multiple Microgrids

The Cuyahoga County Council on Feb. 23 took a first step toward adopting a plan for multiple microgrids in the northeast Ohio county when it referred the proposed ordinance to the “committee of the whole.” Cuyahoga County is preparing to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) for multiple microgrids in an effort to spur business … [Read more...]