Microgrid projects to the moon and back

Developers say microgrid projects are being planned pretty much everywhere now. I suspect they mean everywhere on Earth. It turns out they are thinking small. Why not a microgrid on the moon? A US federal lab thinks it's plausible — and may even be necessary — if we are to venture further to Mars. The Sandia National Laboratories is … [Read more...]

New York City energy veterans defend the home turf with microgrids

New York holds a special place in the hearts of microgridders because it was early to the game, rolling out a $40 million program to promote the technology eight years ago, back when the term microgrids was so new to the lexicon that spell-checkers were convinced you meant micrograms. Ultimately, the state program, known as NY Prize, was … [Read more...]

San Jose, California mayor again pushes for energy independence with support of Google microgrid

The San Jose City Council voted this week to take the next step in reviewing a microgrid planned by Google, giving Mayor Sam Liccardo another victory in his quest for city energy independence. “We need dependable, resilient, reliable power, and microgrids are clearly a pathway to doing so for many communities,” Liccardo said during the April … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge announces finalists for 2022 Microgrid Greater Good Awards

Microgrid Knowledge has released the names of the eight finalists for this year’s Microgrid Greater Good Awards. From the eight finalists, four winners will be selected and announced at Microgrid 2022, which will be held June 1-2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Now in its fourth year, the Microgrid Greater Good Awards celebrate microgrids that … [Read more...]

Don’t forget the ‘steps’ when stepping into the future of decarbonized, decentralized energy

Mike Byrnes of Veolia North America explains why we shouldn't immediately abandon "old school" fossil fuel microgrids in our race to a decarbonized energy future. The momentum toward microgrids today is encouraging as the energy industry and end-users alike pursue a clean, decentralized energy system. Yet, it’s often amusing to the ears of … [Read more...]

A microgrid that you can fit in your golf bag

Energy flexibility is the new, new thing. And all microgrids offer it to some degree. But a small Brooklyn, NY, solar firm brings a whole new meaning to the term. Imagine fitting 1.3 kW of solar energy in a golf bag and it’s so light you can carry it around for use where you need it. That’s one of the value propositions that Pvilion is … [Read more...]

Energy modeling is key to determining microgrid feasibility

A new white paper from Cummins explores how energy modeling can be used to determine microgrid feasibility without any major upfront costs. An aging energy infrastructure, extreme weather events, new emissions mandates and the rising cost of energy are driving many businesses to look for reliable, cleaner and more affordable energy sources. … [Read more...]

Optimal dispatch microgrid control strategies deliver results

A new white paper from Eaton explores how commercial and industrial (C&I) establishments can reach their economic, resilience and sustainability objectives through the use of optimal dispatch (OD) microgrid control strategies. According to a new white paper from Eaton, "A microgrid installation helps C&I establishments reduce their … [Read more...]

The connection between food, energy, war and microgrids

Food and energy are two closely linked commodities as recent price spikes make the world painfully aware.  In February, food made its highest 12-month price jump in 40 years. Meanwhile, energy prices rose more than any other commodity last year — before the Ukraine war — and continued to go up in 2022.  The war is prohibiting Ukraine, the … [Read more...]

Tribes win federal funding as they enhance energy security and pursue microgrids

Tribal communities across the United States are looking to enhance their energy security and resilience through microgrids. In California, for example, the Blue Lake Rancheria's tribal council began developing its microgrid in 2011 in an effort to support its community during extreme emergencies. The resilience provided by that tribal microgrid has … [Read more...]