Pandemic Created Slowdown but Didn’t Stop Completion of Snohomish County PUD’s Microgrid 

Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD), the second largest public utility in Washington state, started construction on its long-planned airport microgrid in Arlington, Washington, just a few weeks before the first case of COVID-19 in the US was identified. The airport is just a few miles from the PUD’s Everett, Washington, headquarters, … [Read more...]

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...]

US Rep. Panetta to Deliver Microgrid California Keynote

Congressman Jimmy Panetta, a Democrat from California, will be the keynote speaker at Microgrid California: Keeping the Power Flowing During Grid Disruption, a one-day regional event to be hosted by Microgrid Knowledge Oct. 5 in the San Francisco Bay area. The educational forum is designed for California businesses, institutions and communities … [Read more...]

Endurant Enters High-Tech AG Sector with $30 Million Microgrid

Endurant Energy jumped into the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) sector with a roughly $30 million microgrid project for Bluehouse Greenhouse, a company building a high-tech 62-acre greenhouse in Southern California. Endurant (formerly GI Energy) will own, operate and maintain the 13.2-MW microgrid using an energy-as-a-service (EaaS) … [Read more...]

Building a Microgrid that Stands its Ground in the Storm-tossed Caribbean

The Caribbean islands, especially the northern islands that include The Bahamas, are often hit hard by hurricanes and storms that can knock out power and cut off essential services. As a result, the region — slammed by Hurricanes Doria, Maria and Irma — is ripe for microgrid development. This is especially true since many of the islands rely … [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...]

APA Group Builds Hybrid Microgrid for Australian Mine

APA Group intends to bring a hybrid microgrid online late this year at the Gruyere Gold Mine in Western Australia. The project will increase the installed capacity at the mine to 64 MW from 45 MW, according to APA, an energy infrastructure company based in Sydney, Australia. In the project’s first phase, APA is adding a twelfth … [Read more...]

How Microgrid Power Supply Studies — Done Right — Save You Money and Headaches

A new special report series by Microgrid Knowledge and Siemens  shows microgrid developers how to avoid the pain points that can wreck the financial and operational assumptions for a project. This third article in the series outlines Step 2: Conducting Microgrid Power Supply Studies that Provide Real, Project-Specific Answers.  A power supply … [Read more...]

Microgrids Power the 149th Open Golf Championship

Aggreko and the R&A, one of the governing bodies of golf worldwide, delivered renewable power via microgrids at the 149th Open Championship in Sandwich, England. According to Aggreko, the microgrids provided 5% of the event’s overall power needs from solar, generators that use energy storage and hydro vegetable oil (HVO), a fossil-free … [Read more...]

Hamden, Connecticut, Plans Microgrids to Help Meet Energy Goals

Hamden, Connecticut’s city council approved an energy plan that calls for building microgrids, shifting to renewable energy and slashing overall energy use. The town in south-central Connecticut intends to build its first microgrid by 2025, with another one coming five years later, to bolster its ability to handle tough weather and be more … [Read more...]