PG&E Sees Rise in Utility-Led Community Microgrids with Tariff Change

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) sees more opportunity for community microgrids in its service territory with the approval last month by California regulators of an update to a utility tariff. The California Public Utilities Commission expanded where microgrids that are connected to the utility’s electric distribution system can be … [Read more...]

Navigating the California Microgrid Market Town by Town

Erik Svanholm, vice president of non-wires alternatives at S&C Electric, sat down with Microgrid Knowledge’s Elisa Wood at Microgrid California to discuss the vibrant California microgrid market and some of the challenges the state faces. https://vimeo.com/618542532 California communities, utilities, regulators and legislators all have a very … [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...]

FPL Builds Third New Microgrid This Year

As Florida Power and Light (FPL) builds its third microgrid this year, the FPL Evolution Hub, the company says it is learning more about microgrid technology, which could hold significant benefits for reliability during storms. The company is exploring new, and what it describes as possibly better, designs for solar, energy storage and electric … [Read more...]

Major Hurdles to the Fast and Scalable Deployment of Microgrids in the Defense and Government Marketplace

Michael Stadler, CTO, and Zach Pecenak, lead engineer at Xendee share three key elements for project success and efficiency for defense and government microgrids. Microgrids are considered to be a key element for energy security within the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal and state agencies. However, they are complex systems … [Read more...]

Linear Generators Provide Reliability During Extended Outages

Microgrids are ideal solutions for businesses and organizations looking to keep the power on, particularly in California where increased wildfire risks are leading to a growing number of public safety power shutoffs. A new white paper from Mainspring Energy compares the economic and environmental impact of four different microgrid technology … [Read more...]

Ameresco Executives Discuss Microgrid Adoption in California

Ameresco's Britta MacIntosh, senior vice president, western region and London operations, and Jacqueline DeRosa, vice president, battery energy storage systems, sat down with Microgrid Knowledge's Elisa Wood at Microgrid California to discuss some of the factors spurring microgrid adoption in California. https://vimeo.com/618552430 Dynamic … [Read more...]

What Can We Learn from Indigenous Communities about Microgrids?

In Canada, indigenous community members, developers and utilities work together to maximize the potential of microgrids to combat climate change, with indigenous communities often owning a share in the projects. The US government, policymakers and the microgrid industry could model this approach to fight climate change and strike … [Read more...]

UK Microgrid Project Offers Path to Residential Electrification

A new zero-carbon microgrid development underway in the UK could pilot a route to the use of microgrids that add far greater value to energy consumers. The Grove Park housing and business development at Sellindge, near Ashford in Kent, will be powered exclusively via a renewable energy plus storage microgrid coupled with a smart grid … [Read more...]

Japanese Island Ditches Diesel for Microgrid Renewables

Plans are underway for a new microgrid that will combine renewable generation and energy storage batteries to supply tiny Okinoerabu Island in the southern part of Japan. The microgrid will use Kyocera’s energy management system to control solar, wind and storage battery capacity. Designed to promote local economic development and reduce … [Read more...]