Community Microgrids

Here you will find news and features about the growing use of community microgrids.

Native American Energy Developer to Build Tribal Microgrid with $1.2M California Grant 

Indian Energy, a Native American-owned microgrid development and systems integration firm, plans to install flywheel technology as long-duration, non-lithium ion energy storage at a microgrid in San Diego County. This year, it was among organizations awarded grants by the California Energy Commission to demonstrate long-lasting, reliable, … [Read more...]

Former Obama Sustainability Chief Seeks Microgrid Resilience for Vulnerable Communities

The Obama administration's former chief sustainability officer, Michelle Moore, hopes to bring microgrid resilience to disadvantaged communities through non-profit project developer Groundswell. In addition to leading sustainability efforts for the federal government, Moore has been active in expanding the green building movement globally. … [Read more...]

Oasis Community Microgrid — A Centralized Community Refuge to Increase Resiliency During Extreme Events

Microgrid is becoming more and more a well-known term, at least in the energy industry — and are gaining in popularity. But even as community microgrids gain in number, the "Oasis Microgrid" is still in the shadows. A new report from Hoffman Power Consulting aims to answer the question: "What on earth is the oasis community microgrid?" This … [Read more...]

Demand for Home Microgrids Surges in Response to California Fires

Interest in home microgrids is surging in California in response to wildfires and public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), with microgrid companies saying demand has jumped by as much as 1,000% in the last month. Not only has demand increased; so has the pressure to install home microgrids as quickly as possible, and some companies say they … [Read more...]

Massachusetts City Plans “Microgrid without Borders”

As energy democracy and social justice increasingly drive energy planning, Chelsea, Massachusetts hopes to become a model for how it’s done by developing a 'microgrid without borders.' Community and climate activists, city officials and energy veterans have come together to develop an unusual microgrid designed to incrementally add buildings … [Read more...]

Schneider Launches California Energy Action Program

Underscoring how much California has become an epicenter of microgrid development, one of the industry’s leading players, Schneider Electric, this week announced a California Energy Action Program. Schneider unveiled the plan in conjunction with the official launch of GreenStruxure, a new company that focuses on microgrids for medium-size … [Read more...]

Philippines Group Urges Asian Development Bank to Finance Microgrid Projects

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) should support community microgrids as part of a shift away from fossil fuels, according to an advocacy group based in the Philippines. “As the costs of solar and wind technologies have decreased exponentially and have become competitive with fossil fuel technologies, ADB should be looking into community … [Read more...]

Three Microgrid Applications Yield Resilience, Savings, Environmental Benefits

Three microgrid applications that use Ageto Energy controllers demonstrate some of the different ways microgrids can provide benefits--ranging from resilience to energy savings to lower diesel use. The microgrids serve a Toyota dealership in Colorado, a low-income housing community in New Orleans and a Native American community in … [Read more...]

Community Microgrid Gets Boost from Energy Storage in California’s Goleta Load Pocket

As part of an ambitious project that aims to deploy a community microgrid that will help avoid outages due to fires, earthquakes, mudslides and other disasters in the Goleta Load Pocket, 40 MWh of utility-scale storage will go online in December. Groundbreaking on the project, called the Vallecito Energy Storage Resilience (VESR) project, has … [Read more...]

New Partnership Bets on Waste-to-Hydrogen Microgrids

Can microgrids that use a waste-to-hydrogen process move municipalities and community choice aggregators (CCA) closer to energy independence?  That’s the bet of a new partnership that is angling for the community microgrid market as wildfires lead to outages and hundred-year storms occur more frequently across the country. The team — Local … [Read more...]