Community Microgrids

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

Among the Coronavirus Pandemic’s Many Lessons for Businesses is a Greater Need for Energy Resilience

Matt Cinadr, Veolia principal engineer, project development, walks readers through a series of business lessons from the coronavirus that highlight the importance of energy resiliency in today's climate.  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to provide businesses profound insight about how quickly their fortunes can change, and how they can be … [Read more...]

Xcel Energy Reaches Settlement Agreement on $23.4M Microgrid Project in Colorado

Xcel Energy has reached a settlement agreement with consumer, regulatory,  environmental and labor interests which, if approved by state regulators, allows the utility to move ahead with a $23.4 microgrid project. Now before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (Proceeding 19A-0225E), the settlement paves the way for seven microgrids … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Providing a World of Research on the Grid and Microgrids: IEEE

With their controls and ability to provide resilience, smart microgrids can solve numerous energy-related challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis, says the co-author of a new Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) report about how the pandemic has affected the industry and grid. Farnoosh Rahmatian, immediate past chair of … [Read more...]

Advanced Microgrid Accelerates ‘Learning Lab’ at Bubolz Nature Preserve

The Fox Cities Environmental Learning Center at Bubolz Nature Preserve is known for its commitment to environmental ethics. As early as 1981 Bubolz experimented with solar, wind and geothermal to energize its facilities. Now it features a learning center or "lab" in an 18,000 square foot lodge with a microgrid that uses solar photovoltaics, energy … [Read more...]

Why You May Want to Seriously Consider a Microgrid for your Electric Vehicles

To most of the world the electric vehicle (EV) revolution simply means using a plug rather than a fuel pump to keep a car running. But in truth it will require a significant overhaul of energy systems and infrastructure, one that’s likely to get businesses and even households considering microgrids. Andy Haun, senior vice president and chief … [Read more...]

Turns out Democrats and Republicans Agree on Something: Microgrids

In an era of bipartisan wrangling, it turns out microgrids are one thing US voters agree upon — at least once they understand them. That’s the finding of a survey conducted for the Civil Society Institute, a Massachusetts think tank that works to uncover common ground on education, healthcare, water, energy and other issues. Last year the … [Read more...]

Neighborhood Microgrids would Provide Resilience under Sunrun Plan

Solar and storage provider Sunrun has proposed creating neighborhood microgrids that would allow for resilience and energy sharing within “distribution islands.” The company released a paper intended to encourage utilities and other stakeholders to consider reconfiguring the grid into distribution circuits that can be islanded. Under the … [Read more...]

Switzerland Community Successfully Trials Local Blockchain Electricity Market

A community in Switzerland has completed a successful year long trial of a blockchain electricity market, a technology being eyed for community microgrids. The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) funded project Quartierstrom, the first of its kind in the world, involving 37 households in Walenstadt, Switzerland. For one year, the community … [Read more...]

From Gold Rush to Microgrid Push in Nevada County, California

Nevada County in Northern California sprawls west to east from the foothills of the northern Sierra Nevada mountains over the top of the snow-covered peaks to near Lake Tahoe. Dotted with former mining towns, including the county seat, Nevada City, and the sister city of Grass Valley, the region is the heart of Gold Rush country. It is also a … [Read more...]

“Home as a Service” Model Brings Affordable Microgrids to Military Veterans

A California community plans to provide microgrids to 37 US military veterans in Perris, California, under a home as a service model that the developer hopes to replicate nationally. All American Homes is acting as builder with Instant On, a battery and fuel cell distribution company, providing batteries, solar and controls for the pilot … [Read more...]