Community Microgrids

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

Compass Energy Platform and Greener by Design to Team Up on Microgrids, Resilience Projects

New Jersey’s Greener by Design (GbD) and California-based Compass Energy Platform have formed a new partnership to build microgrids and resilient clean energy projects in various locations throughout the US. The partners intend to provide a one-stop shop offering a wide range of services: financing, project design, regulatory insight, … [Read more...]

Can a ‘Microgrid Gap’ Solution Keep the Power Flowing Until the Real Thing is Built?

California City is looking to attract energy-intensive cannabis growing operations and other businesses, but it is short on power, said Mayor Jeanie O'Laughlin. The city is in talks with Southern California Edison (SCE) about potential solutions. SCE, for its part, is also seeking solutions. “We are working collaboratively with community … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio Sets up Microgrid Utility Division, Issues RFQ

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has set up a public utility division to manage microgrids and has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) seeking a design consultant for its ambitious plan to build multiple microgrids. The new utility divison is a first for the state of Ohio, according to the county, which is pursuing microgrids to attract … [Read more...]

US’ Largest County — Los Angeles — Proposes Agency to Support Microgrids in a Large Swath of California 

The County of Los Angeles last week made an eye-opening proposal — a $41 million program that includes a regional microgrid agency to serve an area that encompasses roughly half of California’s population. The county hopes to do for microgrids what a similar initiative, Southern California Regional Energy Network County (SoCalREN), did for … [Read more...]

Montgomery County’s Microgrid Electric Bus Depot Under Construction

Construction of a 5.6 MW microgrid with distributed energy generation, energy storage and over 2 MW of charging capacity is now underway at the Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot in Montgomery County, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C., after groundbreaking on Sept. 9. AlphaStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and the … [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...]

Microgrids Power Through Haiti Earthquake

After a devastating earthquake hit Haiti last week, EarthSpark International temporarily de-energized its 100-kW community microgrid in Les Anglais to check for downed wires and await possible aftershocks. Allison Archambault, president of the nonprofit organization, was terrified that EarthSpark wouldn’t be able to re-energize the microgrid if … [Read more...]

Report Calls for Change as Town Center Microgrids Run into Roadblocks

Town center, or TC microgrid, projects in the Northeast have foundered in the face of regulatory, statutory and technical challenges, according to a report written for the New Jersey Bureau of Public Utilities (NJBPU). “Town center microgrids are one conceptual solution for community emergency-power resilience and reliability needs but face … [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...]

8 Communities Breaking New Ground with Microgrids

Not so long ago community microgrids were novel. Typically more cumbersome to build than microgrids for businesses or campuses, they were slow starters in the microgrid development race. That changed as the microgrid industry streamlined development and financing, costs dropped, and controllers and software grew in … [Read more...]