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...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to Vote on Plan for Multiple Microgrids Feb. 23

Cuyahoga County in northeast Ohio is preparing to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) for multiple microgrids in an effort to spur business development. The initiative builds on plans to set up a $100 million microgrid district in downtown Cleveland, according to Armond Budish, a Cuyahoga County executive. The plan comes after a week of … [Read more...]

The Texas Grid is the Latest Too-Big-to-Fail Story

Blame is being assigned at warp speed for the massive power outages on the Texas grid, but the most basic danger isn’t being discussed: Big grids by their nature are prone to big failures. That’s not to say we should do away with large grids — they offer an efficient way to deliver power to many people over a dispersed geography. But as … [Read more...]

S&P Innovation Manager Describes Technology to Improve the Financial Use Case for Microgrids

Isabel Tang, senior innovation manager at S&P Global Platts describes Distro Energy, a new energy trading platform designed to facilitate open energy market operation, help balance the grid, reduce the burden of microgrid implementation and improve the financial use case for microgrids. Watch the video of Lisa Cohn, managing editor of Microgrid … [Read more...]

Winch Energy Lands $16 Million for African Solar Minigrids

London-based Winch Energy landed $16 million in funding, through a new financing platform, for solar minigrid projects in 49 villages in Uganda and Sierra Leone. The deal represents the largest ever minigrid financing portfolio, according to Winch, which is owned by Winch Partners, Total Eren, Al Gihaz Holding and ITOCHU Europe. The … [Read more...]

Texas on the Verge of an Energy Catastrophe: How Microgrids are Helping

The electric grid has been around for nearly 140 years, but it’s yet to overcome its biggest nemesis: the weather. Texas is showcasing that point this week as it suddenly rivals California in proving the need for microgrids. What happened in Texas and how bad is it? Very bad. Struggling to keep the grid from collapse, the grid operator … [Read more...]

GreenStruxure Teams with Energy Advisory Company…Beyond the Grid Fund Opens Call for Microgrids in Mozambique

GreenStruxure joins forces with energy advisory company on microgrids for medium-size buildings GreenStruxure, the joint venture between Schneider Electric and private equity firm Huck Capital, has formed a microgrid partnership with a Texas-based retail energy advisory service. TruEnergy will work with GreenStruxure to offer … [Read more...]

Look Who Likes Microgrids Now: Why and How the Market is Opening to Smaller Facilities

Expanding from their origins at universities, military bases and corporate campuses, microgrids are starting to make their way into smaller businesses and even neighborhoods and homes. The change comes, in part, because of a growing public awakening about the vulnerability of the electric grid. Superstorm Sandy in 2012 seemed to open the … [Read more...]

California Regulators to Tackle Payment for DERs Acting as Non-Wires Alternatives

California is on a cutting edge quest to find ways to accurately value decentralized energy, as evidenced last month in its microgrid tariff decision, and this week as it takes up a proposal on using distributed energy as non-wires alternatives. The California Public Utilities Commission is slated Thursday to consider two pilot programs that … [Read more...]

Microgrid Customers, Hurdles Shifting with Economy and Growing Weather Challenges

Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief at Microgrid Knowledge, interviewed Scott Kessler, microgrid  strategy and sales at Siemens, during Microgrid 2020 Global. Wood and Kessler discussed some of the hurdles to microgrids today, how customers can overcome these challenges, new microgrid customers entering the market — and the lowdown on a new … [Read more...]