How Many Hurricanes Must Slam the Grid Before We Get the Message? 

The electric grid’s dysfunctional relationship with hurricanes offers a new twist on the Humpty-Dumpty story. Again and again when fierce storms like Hurricane Ida topple wires and poles, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men do put the grid back together again. But with the next big blow, down it goes. So it was head-scratching this … [Read more...]

Monash University Offers Help in Developing Microgrids with New Toolbox

One Step Off The Grid’s Sophie Vorrath describes a microgrid toolbox offered by Monash University in Australia to help those trying to develop projects. The team behind a groundbreaking solar and battery storage microgrid installed at the Clayton campus of Victoria’s Monash University has developed an online toolbox to help other businesses, … [Read more...]

Sunnyvale, California, and Others in Silicon Valley Exploring Microgrid Projects

Sunnyvale, California, is in the early stages of exploring a microgrid in a planned innovative district to boost energy resilience and meet clean energy goals. A city of about 150,000 people, Sunnyvale is creating an “ecological innovative” district covering close to 1,200 acres in an area called Moffett Park. The Sunnyvale City Council in … [Read more...]

Understanding Microgrid Project and Operational Requirements

In a new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Siemens, we're providing a guide to help microgrid developers avoid the pain points that can wreck the financial and operational assumptions for a project. This second article in the series outlines Step 1: Understanding the Microgrid Project and Operational … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Presses Ahead on Microgrids

Cuyahoga County continues to move ahead with plans to create an electric utility to support microgrid development in northeast Ohio. The Cuyahoga County Council is set to review the legal issues surrounding plans to develop microgrids at a July 20 meeting, according to Mike Foley, director of the county’s sustainability department. Earlier … [Read more...]

UC Berkeley Seeks Help as It Pursues Microgrid Project

The University of California, Berkeley, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a financial consultant to help the university set up a renewable energy microgrid covering its campus. After studying the issue for several years, the university late last year narrowed its options for replacing its aging natural gas-fired combined heat and … [Read more...]

Educating Customers About 3 Key Microgrid Benefits

What microgrid benefits incentivize customers to adopt the technology? The ability to decarbonize, achieve resiliency and lower costs top the list, according to Alex Savelli, executive director of power generation at Cummins. Cummins is especially focused on decarbonization through use of hydrogen — including in fuel cells and electrolyzers. … [Read more...]

Maryland Agency Awards $566,000 in Microgrid Grants

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) issued $566,000 in microgrid grants to eight organizations to fund feasibility studies, planning and design for projects. The funding is from the agency’s Resilient Maryland program, which aims to help eligible organizations and governmental entities set up microgrids, resiliency hubs, resilient … [Read more...]

Should You Hire a Consultant to Help Develop Your Microgrid?

Power generation is not the primary business of most potential microgrid buyers. They’re generally not familiar with the technical details related to on-grid and off-grid energy, solar panels, controls, artificial intelligence and battery storage. That's where a microgrid consultant may help, says Jon Erickson, senior project manager at POWER … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric, Citizens Energy to Build Microgrid for Caregiving Facility in Connecticut

Schneider Electric and Citizens Energy are building a microgrid for a caregiving facility in New Britain, Connecticut, under a partnership they expect will lead to additional microgrid projects. The Marian Heights microgrid will provide grid resiliency for four buildings on the campus of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception that … [Read more...]