Biden administration marries transmission and microgrid funding in $2.5 billion program

The Biden administration yesterday took the first step to allot $2.5 billion to increase transmission capacity and build microgrids in certain locations. With the release of a request for information, the administration kicked off a process to fund new or improved transmission line projects that offer 500 MW to 1,000 MW of capacity and build … [Read more...]

A nuclear microgrid? National lab sets out to test the idea

Microgrids use many kinds of energy, typically renewables, natural gas, diesel, fuel cells, batteries or combined heat and power. But we’ve yet to see a nuclear microgrid. Now the US’ top nuclear energy lab wants to change that. Idaho National Laboratory (INL), a Department of Energy (DOE) research facility, intends to build a prototype nuclear … [Read more...]

DC Water plans microgrid for one of world’s largest wastewater treatment plants; issues solicitation

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) is seeking consulting services for a microgrid to be installed at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in the world, located in Washington, DC. The authority will hold a non-mandatory pre-proposal conference on March … [Read more...]

UC Berkeley extends deadlines for campus microgrid solicitation

The University of California, Berkeley, which is undertaking an aggressive plan to create a carbon-free electricity system for its campus, has extended the deadlines for its solicitation for technical and engineering consulting services for a microgrid. Originally due March 11, bids are now due March 25. Potential bidders should take note … [Read more...]

RFQ attracts 19 applicants to build a microgrid in the British Virgin Islands

Nineteen companies have responded to a request for qualifications (RFQ) issued by British Virgin Islands Electricity (BVIEC) for a microgrid at Paraquita Bay. BVIEC, the islands' utility, is now reviewing the responses. Those selected will be invited to bid in a future tender when the utility seeks engineering, procurement and construction … [Read more...]

Vermont utility wants to ‘radically transform’ grid, add microgrids and create resiliency zones

Green Mountain Power (GMP), Vermont’s largest utility, plans to create new microgrids and community resilience zones as part of a plan to "radically transform" the grid that is outlined in the utility's new integrated resource plan (IRP). IRP filings are closely watched within the energy industry because they signal how utilities intend to … [Read more...]

Utility for British Virgin Islands seeks EPC to build solar and storage microgrid

The utility for the British Virgin Islands is prequalifying engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms as it prepares to build a 4-MW solar and storage microgrid in Paraquita Bay, Tortola. Interested companies can respond to a request for qualifications issued by British Virgin Islands Electricity. Applications are due Jan. 7, … [Read more...]

Resilient Palisades Issues Solicitation in First Phase of Pali Microgrid

Resilient Palisades (RP), a nonprofit group, has issued a solicitation for solar and battery system contractors as part of Phase I of Pali Microgrid, a community microgrid it is planning in Pacific Palisades, California. The Pali Microgrid is expected to be one of the first community microgrids in the US installed in an established … [Read more...]

Australian Utility Western Power Issues RFP for Remote Microgrid

Utility group Western Power has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to pilot a disconnected microgrid in the Midwest, Wheatbelt or Great Southern region of Western Australia. The Western Australian Government-owned utility is seeking registrations of interest to understand the capability and capacity of the market to develop a microgrid … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio Sets up Microgrid Utility Division, Issues RFQ

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has set up a public utility division to manage microgrids and has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) seeking a design consultant for its ambitious plan to build multiple microgrids. The new utility divison is a first for the state of Ohio, according to the county, which is pursuing microgrids to attract … [Read more...]