Community Microgrids

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

PG&E Launches Community Microgrid Program

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has launched a community microgrid program that aims to help California communities design and build multicustomer microgrids serving critical facilities and vulnerable groups. The Community Microgrid Enablement Program offers technical and financial support for qualifying projects in areas with the … [Read more...]

Minigrids Act as the Seed of Change in Cameroon

In the Central African country of Cameroon, electricity is scarce outside of major cities. But that may soon change because of a public-private partnership that has a set goal of installing 750 minigrids. The effort is about more than lighting up the 11,000 villages that lack power; the partners hope to foster long-term social, environmental … [Read more...]

Houston Considers Microgrids After Winter Outages

In the wake of the devastation Texas experienced during Winter Storm Uri, the city of Houston is considering setting up microgrids for critical infrastructure such as water treatment facilities. The mid-February storm brought frigid temperatures to Texas, freezing power plants and natural gas equipment while electricity use soared. The … [Read more...]

Schneider Microgrid and Energy Savings Program Could Cut Jersey City Costs by $21M

Schneider Electric is developing an energy savings program for Jersey City, New Jersey, that includes a microgrid based on an existing 1.2-MW solar array. The microgrid will provide power so that city facilities can continue operating through power outages and emergencies with a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, according to Jersey … [Read more...]

Why and How to Bring Microgrids to Small Town America

This spring, the Poudre Valley Electric Association (PVREA), which provides power to northern Colorado, plans to test a microgrid for a small town that has experienced outages because of car accidents on curvy roads, extreme weather, and, in September, a fire that left the town without power for 52 hours. The microgrid, which will replace … [Read more...]

New Solar Microgrid To Be Developed in Castañer, Puerto Rico 

An initiative led by PathStone and The Solar Foundation has selected Castañer, Puerto Rico, as the location for a new solar microgrid.  The small, rural community of Castañer was chosen from a group of nine candidates to receive funding from the Puerto Rican Solar Business Accelerator, which is backed by the United States Economic … [Read more...]

Not Only Texas Went Dark in February: After Storm, Portland, Oregon Tests Resiliency Partnerships

Texas captured worldwide attention in February when a devastating storm crippled the state's power system. But at about the same time, and to much less fanfare, part of the Northwest struggled with similar issues. Portland, Oregon, experienced power outages because of severe weather that left about 200,000 customers in the dark, some for several … [Read more...]

PG&E Gets Nod to Help Locals Build Community Microgrids in California

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) plan for helping local governments and tribes set up community microgrids to protect critical facilities when there are widespread power outages. PG&E’s Community Microgrid Enablement Program, approved March 18, grew out of the commission’s … [Read more...]

Rhode Island Issues RFI in Anticipation of Municipal Microgrid Program

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) has issued a request for information (RFI) as a preamble to a program for municipal microgrids that it plans to launch. Funds for the program will come from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  The state proposes that the municipal microgrids serve critical infrastructure and it has … [Read more...]

Camarillo, California Moves Ahead with Microgrids and Deeply Discounted Tesla Batteries

Camarillo, California, has approved a contract with the Clean Coalition to oversee the design of solar-based microgrids at five critical city facilities that will incorporate Tesla batteries. The city council March 10 also directed city staff to enter into a contract with Tesla for a 1-MW/ 4-MWh battery to be installed at the city’s … [Read more...]