Community Microgrids

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

Scale Microgrid Solutions Acquires Microgrid in Bridgeport, Connecticut

As part of its growth strategy, Scale Microgrid Solutions has acquired a microgrid that serves three key municipal facilities in Bridgeport, Connecticut. “Scale is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire and optimize distributed energy resources, including those currently in commercial operations or in late-stage development,” … [Read more...]

Educating Customers About 3 Key Microgrid Benefits

What microgrid benefits incentivize customers to adopt the technology? The ability to decarbonize, achieve resiliency and lower costs top the list, according to Alex Savelli, executive director of power generation at Cummins. Cummins is especially focused on decarbonization through use of hydrogen — including in fuel cells and electrolyzers. … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Names Three Winners of the 2021 Microgrid Greater Good Awards

This year’s Microgrid Greater Good Award winners provide essential services to refugees in Uganda, electrify a birthing clinic in Kenya and keep food fresh and safe in South Australia. The awards were announced today at Microgrid 2021, a virtual conference hosted by Microgrid Knowledge. Microgrid Knowledge launched the award program three … [Read more...]

Maryland Agency Awards $566,000 in Microgrid Grants

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) issued $566,000 in microgrid grants to eight organizations to fund feasibility studies, planning and design for projects. The funding is from the agency’s Resilient Maryland program, which aims to help eligible organizations and governmental entities set up microgrids, resiliency hubs, resilient … [Read more...]

Microgrids Bring Sustainability and Resiliency and Serve as Community Lighthouses

Not only do microgrids help companies meet their sustainability and resiliency goals, but they also can serve as community lighthouses during outages. That’s a positive trend for microgrid customers right now. Still, some are struggling with myths about the high costs and complexity of the technology. Customers are recognizing that there's a … [Read more...]

Group Plans Community Microgrid in Los Angeles Neighborhood. RFP to Go Out this Year

A nonprofit group in Los Angeles, California, is preparing to develop a community microgrid in the city’s Pacific Palisades neighborhood. The group, Resilient Palisades, expects the community microgrid to boost resiliency in an area plagued by power outages, as well as lower electricity costs and improve the environment. In the project’s … [Read more...]

Xcel Energy Moves Ahead with Wisconsin Microgrid Pilot not Paid for in Rates

Xcel Energy is launching a resiliency-as-a-service pilot for its commercial and industrial customers, with Xcel paying for 90% of the behind-the-meter microgrid costs upfront, getting paid back by the microgrid users over 10 years, and excluding the costs of the program from the rate base. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission May 13 … [Read more...]

Maryland County Taps AlphaStruxure for Electric Bus Microgrid

Montgomery County, Maryland, selected AlphaStruxure — a joint venture between Schneider Electric and the Carlyle Group — to build a bus depot microgrid that will include electric bus chargers. The 4-MW project for the county outside of Washington, D.C., uses an energy-as-a-service model that doesn’t require upfront payments from the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Names Finalists for Greater Good Awards

Microgrid Knowledge has released the names of the six finalists for this year's Microgrid Greater Good Awards. From the six finalists, three winners will be chosen and announced June 1, as part of Microgrid 2021: The World Awakens to Microgrids, a free virtual conference that has attracted several thousand participants from across the globe. Now … [Read more...]

Study Finds 570 Ideal Sites for Nanogrids and Microgrids in Kentucky

Kentucky has 558 ideal sites for nanogrids and a dozen potential sites for regional community microgrids, according to a state study that aims to spur microgrid development at critical facilities in response to the growing threat of power outages. The Kentucky Regional Microgrids for Resilience Study was designed to help utilities, local and state … [Read more...]