Entergy’s ‘Power Through’ offers a formula to settle who pays for microgrids

Deciding who pays for microgrids that benefit some utility customers more than others — as well as the utility — is a thorny topic. Should these microgrids be rate-based, and if so, should the total cost be rate-based? What’s the value of resiliency-as-a-service to individual customers and the utility as a whole? Some argue that customers … [Read more...]

Microgrids: The brains behind electrification and an all-renewable grid

Microgrids are often characterized as sophisticated backup power — and they are. But that’s not all they are. And ignoring the full scope of their abilities short shrifts their value. Most ignored, I think, is their ability to balance renewable energy, an increasingly important issue as solar and wind detractors attempt to fault renewables … [Read more...]

Microgrids for new eco-friendly housing developments in the UK

A not-for-profit organization has launched a share offer campaign to develop new clean energy microgrid projects across the UK. Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) aims to raise £1 million ($1.4 million) from its latest share offering. This adds to the roughly £14 million ($19 million) that the cooperative has raised over the decade since it was … [Read more...]

Maryland offers new funding for microgrids and resiliency hubs

Application deadlines are coming up in March for funds being offered by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) for microgrids and resiliency projects. The state is continuing previous microgrid funding and also launching a new capital development program. Since it began offering microgrid grants in 2020, Maryland has given a boost to … [Read more...]

Top 10 microgrid white papers of 2021 — Funding and building microgrids for resiliency

COVID-19 continued to disrupt life and the energy industry in 2021. In the face of a global pandemic, we've also seen greater threats to our energy grid from wildfires in California and intense storms along our southern and eastern coasts.  In light of these challenges, who better to turn to for expert advice and strategies than microgrid and clean … [Read more...]

Microgrid Financing: How to Fund Your Project

Joe Williams, distributed energy resources product manager at Eaton, shares insights on microgrid financing, power purchase agreements and energy-as-a-service.  The value of microgrids is clear — all around the world, microgrids are helping advance energy resilience, sustainability and efficiency. Yet project financing remains one of the … [Read more...]

Amazon and GS Futures Invest $5 Million in Resilient Power to Accelerate EV Infrastructure

Seattle tech giant Amazon and Korean venture capital firm GS Futures have awarded Resilient Power, a startup based in Austin, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia, with $5 million in seed funding to build solid-state transformer-based EV charging system that can become a microgrid in a box. While Resilient Power has previously received capital from … [Read more...]

Nigerian Rollout of Multiple Microgrids Shows Opportunity for Scale

Six new microgrids have been developed simultaneously in Nigeria as part of a rural electrification program backed by the World Bank. The projects show the considerable possibilities available from the scaling up of microgrid rollout programs. Located in Nasarawa State, the solar hybrid microgrid projects will provide clean, reliable and … [Read more...]

The Business Model for Fuel Cells as a Win for Customers and Installers

In a new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge, Instant On and Robert Bosch, we explore how fuel cells can be a microgrid gap solution that fills the power gap, the fit gap and the sustainability gap. This fifth article explores how the fuel cell business model can be a win for both customers and installers. Experienced … [Read more...]

Biden’s New Climate Framework Retains Microgrid Tax Credit

A framework of the Build Back Better bill released by President Joe Biden this week retains a 30% tax credit for microgrid controllers. The credit was initially proposed by California Congressman Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, as part of the MICROGRID Act. The microgrid provisions are included in a larger climate framework that makes a … [Read more...]