Going Big on Renewable Natural Gas for Microgrids

Renewable natural gas, or RNG, is emerging as a new frontier for microgrids and a way to resolve one of the industry’s core dilemmas. How can it assure the lights stay on without relying on fossil fuels?   Business models are just beginning to emerge for renewable fuel microgrids. And Texas-based Enchanted Rock is one of the companies early … [Read more...]

What Are Renewable Energy Communities and How Will They Grow?

The new Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) in Europe establishes a target of 32% renewable energy by 2030, and calls for citizens to help develop renewable energy. As part of that directive, the European Union enables renewable energy communities and self-consumption of renewable energy. Every country in Europe by the end of the year is … [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...]

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...]

Schneider’s GreenStruxure Partners with Instant On to Develop Microgrids in California

GreenStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and Huck Capital, plans to team with upstart Instant On, to develop microgrids for medium-sized buildings in California. The two companies will use an energy-as-a-service model, which offers microgrids at no upfront cost to the customer. They are joining forces to serve what’s … [Read more...]

Concentric to Build 35-MW Microgrid in California with Innovative Wholesale Power Agreement

Concentric Power has struck a deal to build a 35-MW microgrid project in Gonzales, California that will operate under an unusual wholesale power agreement that involves a municipal utility, a local electric authority and retail customers. Unveiled yesterday, the $70 million microgrid is an economic development play to help attract businesses … [Read more...]

What Schneider Electric’s Recent Move Reveals about the Microgrid Market

To understand the movement of the microgrid industry, it's instructive to watch its large players, particularly, right now, Schneider Electric. The company has been navigating the industry’s tributaries for the last five years and seems to be signaling it sees an ocean ahead. The signal came in the form of Schneider’s mid-August announcement … [Read more...]

What is Transactive Energy and Why is it Important to Microgrids?

The growing emphasis on using microgrids to generate revenue is leading to increased discussion of transactive energy, a concept described in a new paper by Monash University researchers and featured at the recent Microgrid Knowledge Virtual Conference. The Monash paper, "Transactive Energy Market for Energy Management in Microgrids: The … [Read more...]

Do Hawaii’s Rules Frustrate Microgrid Growth?

Hawaii has plenty of sun available for business, home and school microgrids, but deploying them can be tough due to existing policies and regulations. Frustration is running high among people who’d like to see more solar and microgrids deployed, including a homeowner, a school district and an industry group described in this article. Some of … [Read more...]