Community Microgrids

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

Should All Utility Customers Pay for EV Infrastructure and Microgrids?

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An accord signed by a range of stakeholders this week opens the door toward rate-based EV infrastructure, which raises the question: Should rate-based microgrids be next? Endorsed by automakers, utilities, labor groups, consumer advocates, and environmental organizations, the Transportation Electrification Accord creates a roadmap for … [Read more...]

Village Microgrids Up and Running in the Land of the Royal Bengal Tiger

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Modern, environmentally friendly energy is available to villagers in the Indian Sundarbans -- the world's largest, remaining mangrove forest ecosystem -- thanks to village microgrids deployed as a result of WWF-India's Project Sahasra Jyoti. Home to 4.5 million people, the region depends on kerosene, candles and forest biomass for cooking … [Read more...]

Microgrids Benefit from New Jersey’s Push for More Renewables and Energy Storage

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New Jersey’s town center microgrids are poised to enter their next stage, enhanced by a series of state strategies to catalyze distributed energy. Selected for funding last year, the 13 town center microgrid proposals are now in the final stages of producing feasibility studies. “I'd expect we'll begin to see the results in five or six … [Read more...]

Australia’s Largest Hybrid Renewables Microgrid Awards Contracts

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RenewEconomy's Deputy Editor Sophie Vorrath reports on recent milestones reached by Australia's largest hybrid renewables microgrid project. The plans of Western Australia regional utility Horizon Power to develop what it claims will be Australia’s largest hybrid renewables microgrid are edging closer to completion, after the awarding of the … [Read more...]

Microgrids for the Greater Good: Serving People by Guaranteeing Energy

Microgrids for the Greater Good

From electrifying remote African villages to bringing clean power to the US grid, microgrids serve the greater good, as discussed here by Michael Kilpatrick, vice president of power systems at S&C Electric. Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief, interviewed Kilpatrick at Microgrid 2018. The interview took place before … [Read more...]

Shouldn’t We Have More DC Microgrids?

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Direct current (DC) microgrids offer a lot of advantages in today's digitally networked, electrified world. Yet they face challenges gaining acceptance on the US grid where alternating current (AC) dominates. That's not to say DC isn't used. Much of the high-power electrical equipment and machinery used in industry, buildings and … [Read more...]

Microgrids for Social Justice, Cities, Schools and Even Furniture

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Microgrids for social justice in Massachusetts The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has awarded two $75,000 grants for social justice microgrids planned in Boston's Chinatown and Chelsea neighborhoods. The microgrids are the brainchild of an energy democracy collaborative called RUN-GJC, which intends to use the funds to conduct  technical … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh Steps Up City-Scale Microgrid Initiative

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Pittsburgh, which hopes to eventually develop a grid of microgrids, continues to evolve as a center of energy innovation with about 20 distributed energy, nanogrid and microgrid projects now emerging in the Pennsylvania city. "We identified promising sites in different parts of the city -- neighborhoods, college campuses, commercial and … [Read more...]

How New Models, Not More Funding, Can Boost the Microgrid Market

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New models — not more government funding — will drive the microgrid market forward. That’s what panelists and representatives from innovative cities and states said at a discussion during Microgrid 2018, "How to Elevate Microgrids in Government Resilience and Climate Strategies." Moderator David Chiesa, director of global business development … [Read more...]

Juhl Energy’s Journey from Utility-Scale Wind to Microgrids

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Juhl Energy has built its business around developing, owning and operating utility-scale wind. But market conditions have changed, and now the Minnesota company is expanding its reach, including into microgrid finance. Unregulated subsidiaries of large utilities have come to dominate utility-scale wind power in the US. That prompted Juhl … [Read more...]