Is It Time to Dust Off Your Microgrid Implementation Plan?

Emily LeJeune, manager-federal market, S&C Electric shares the five critical stages that should be included in every microgrid implementation plan. More microgrids are being used to support the electric grid each year because they are flexible solutions for a variety of energy challenges. Despite their growing prevalence, microgrids are … [Read more...]

Go Slow to Go Fast When Writing a Microgrid RFP

When writing a microgrid RFP (requests for proposals), it’s important to go slow in order to go fast. This means that it’s critical to do as much upfront work as possible before issuing the microgrid RFP. “Adding extra time at the front end and thoughtfulness into the RFP with as much detail as possible can help you finish a more successful … [Read more...]

How to Model Electricity Bill Savings for Microgrid Developers

Rob Hong, co-founder and CEO of Sapling Financial Consultants shares insights on how microgrid developers can illustrate electricity bill savings to their customers. One of the most important pieces of the sale process for microgrid developers is to show how customers will realize cost savings compared to their current arrangement with their … [Read more...]

How to Weather Hurricane Season with a Resilient Microgrid

Mark Kille, business development manager at Mesa Solutions, provides tips on how businesses can survive hurricane season with a resilient microgrid. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, hurricanes are becoming more frequent and more destructive, causing longer power outages and making hurricane preparedness more … [Read more...]

Why and How to Bring Microgrids to Small Town America

This spring, the Poudre Valley Electric Association (PVREA), which provides power to northern Colorado, plans to test a microgrid for a small town that has experienced outages because of car accidents on curvy roads, extreme weather, and, in September, a fire that left the town without power for 52 hours. The microgrid, which will replace … [Read more...]

How to Get off the Grid Through Efforts Fueled by the Natural Gas Distribution System

Alternative energy options are growing at a rapid pace. And it can be hard to wade through the variety of choices. A new report from Mesa Solutions aims to provide an approach that provides an option to get off the grid, while retaining stability, cost efficiency and reliability. The report is titled, "How to Get Off the Electric Grid, … [Read more...]

How to Make FERC 2222 Work for Microgrids

FERC 2222 presents promise  — but also challenges — for the US microgrid industry, according to energy policy experts who spoke this week at Microgrid 2020 Global, a virtual onference that attracted more than 4,300 people. The federal order, expected to pave the way for aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs) to compete with … [Read more...]

How to Overcome Barriers to Community Microgrids

Despite their potential benefits, community microgrids face several institutional and financial challenges. Steve Hoffman, CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, explains how microgrid developers and their project partners can overcome these barriers. Community microgrids offer many reliability, resilience, cost reduction, and decarbonization … [Read more...]

How to Finance Microgrids with Opportunity Zones

To finance microgrids in the COVID-19 era, industry members have to grapple with how the work environment has been transformed, how the industry has changed and other challenges. “How we finance microgrids can position us for success to overcome future challenges,” says Tom Hawes, director of business development, non-wires alternatives, … [Read more...]

How to Get to 100% Renewables? Use Microgrids Says Plan for Cranston, Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats have launched an ambitious project that aims to ensure the city of Cranston achieves 100% renewable energy by 2030 using a series of solar and wind microgrids, a central microgrid, a virtual power plant (VPP) and a municipal utility. The hope is that the Cranston project, led by a group called Ocean State … [Read more...]