What Isaias Laid Bare about the East Coast’s Progress — or Lack of — on Energy Resilience

Isaias’ punch to the East Coast last week in many ways resembled that of Superstorm Sandy, the storm that eight years ago launched a drive for microgrids to ward off power outages. So it naturally raises the question, When it comes to electric reliability, how far has the East Coast come since Sandy?  By the outage numbers, not far. … [Read more...]

The Possibilities for Healthcare Microgrid Business Models

In this new special report series, we explore the potential of microgrids in hospitals to prevent outages and downtime. Here we discuss microgrid business models that make it easier for healthcare facilities to move forward with projects. The growth of microgrids in recent years has brought with it advances in business models that make … [Read more...]

FEMA Offers $500M in Resilience Grants. An Opportunity for Microgrids & DERs?

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced a $500 million infrastructure grant program that offers opportunities for microgrids, energy storage, backup power, and other advanced energy solutions. Through the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program, the agency seeks infrastructure projects that … [Read more...]

Australian Mine Lays Out Path to Make its Microgrid 99% Renewable

Lack of inertia prevents an Australian mine from expanding renewable energy use at its microgrid. The mine operator lays out a path to solve the problem. Sophie Vorrath of Renew Economy reports. The global resources company behind a ground-breaking project that shifted a West Australian gold mine to a more than 50% mix of wind, solar and … [Read more...]

Vision for the Future — Microgrids as Teaching Tools and Community Partners

The final article in our special report series on university microgrids describes microgrids as teaching tools. Read on for real-world examples of how microgrids help colleges and universities manage their energy assets, while also educating the energy engineers of tomorrow and serving local communities.  The Bronzeville Microgrid: A Chicago … [Read more...]

Enchanted Rock to Install Microgrid for Regional Water Authority in Texas

Enchanted Rock, a Texas-based company, will set up a 2.4 MW microgrid for the North Fort Bend Water Authority to ensure water deliveries during power outages. Earlier this summer, the board for the regional water authority, approved a $1.2 million contract with Enchanted Rock under which the company will replace existing backup generators … [Read more...]

San Diego Utility Plans to Make Borrego Springs Microgrid Entirely Renewable

San Diego Gas & Electric plans to upgrade its Borrego Springs microgrid so that it can run entirely on renewable energy. SDG&E received a $4.5 million grant from the US Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office to buy smart power inverters, controls and a state-of-the-art energy management system. The utility is … [Read more...]

Why Renewable Microgrids Now?

The simple answer, of course, is that renewables create clean energy. But it turns out the argument for renewable microgrids is evolving — a lot.  Renewables can offer better price, fuel security and reliability, especially when compared with diesel generators, according to Nathan Adams, director of technology and business development at … [Read more...]

Hurricane Hanna Demonstrates Value of Microgrids for 30 MW of Texas Load

Hurricane Hanna offered a case study in the value of microgrids when it hit the Texas Coast near Corpus Christi on July 25, causing widespread power outages. The hurricane dumped up to 18 inches of water in parts of Texas and about 200,000 utility customers lost power, some for more than two days. However, as the hurricane approached the … [Read more...]

Open Source Tech Improves Microgrids in Southeast Asia

In villages in Southeast Asia, a person often must sit inside a powerhouse to manually control the flow of water in small hydro microgrids to ensure the systems operate safely. “The operator will watch the system parameters and open or close the valve to the turbine to regulate the flow of water and therefore quantity of energy generated as … [Read more...]