California’s Kern High School District issues microgrid request for qualifications

The Kern High School District in Lake Isabella, California plans to install a microgrid and has issued a solicitation for qualified companies. Located in the southern Sierra Nevada, the district serves more than 35,000 students and employs 3,500 people. To be built at the Kern Valley High School, the microgrid will back up the school’s … [Read more...]

Studying microgrid feasibility in outage-prone Wisconsin

With Wisconsin customers experiencing outages more often due to high winds, winter storms and spring and summer flooding, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has completed microgrid feasibility studies that identify options for a monastery, school, wastewater treatment plant and police department. Jared Leader, director, resilience, SEPA, … [Read more...]

Winners of 2022 Greater Good Awards offer insight into their microgrid projects: video

The fourth annual Microgrid Greater Good Awards were handed out during the Microgrid 2022 conference in June. The winners each presented their projects during a special session at the conference, which is now available to view for free. https://vimeo.com/731523753 Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges, and awards were granted … [Read more...]

Connecticut calls on utilities to evaluate non-wires alternatives

Connecticut has proposed a series of measures to ensure utilities consider non-wires alternatives, among them incentives, competitive bids from third parties, and a way to evaluate non-wires alternatives against traditional distribution grid investments. Non-wires alternatives — which include microgrids and other distributed energy … [Read more...]

Maryland awards funds for three more microgrid projects

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has awarded another $359,065 for microgrids as part of its Resilient Maryland Planning Program. Three winners were chosen in the second round of the MEA's 2022 program and they will use the money to conduct feasibility analysis and other preconstruction activities. They join six other applicants … [Read more...]

District of Columbia seeks microgrid developer for medical and communications facilities

The District of Columbia is seeking a microgrid developer, owner and operator for a 4-MW project that will serve critical facilities in a mixed-use development known as the St. Elizabeths East campus.  FEMA awarded the project $20 million in April, making it the first microgrid in the country to receive funding under the Building Resilient … [Read more...]

Ameresco executive discusses inflation, the military and the future of microgrids

Britta MacIntosh, senior vice president of Western Region and London Operations for Ameresco, sat down with Microgrid Knowledge during Microgrid 2022 to discuss how global trends like inflation are impacting microgrids. https://vimeo.com/722591137 Now is the perfect time for the world to take advantage of the many benefits offered by microgrids, … [Read more...]

A dozen more microgrids move forward in San Diego

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced four new microgrids this week, while another eight microgrids, which are being developed for the California city by Gridscape Solutions, moved forward with a construction contract. The new projects add to a growing list of microgrids in the San Diego area at a range of facilities from … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge names Greater Good Award winners at Microgrid 2022

The 2022 winners of the Microgrid Knowledge Greater Good Awards provide for night time studying, streetlights and entertainment in India, resilience during natural disasters and public safety power shut offs (PSPS) at a college in California, vaccinations and power for critical medical equipment at a medical facility in the Himalayas and … [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...]