Community Microgrids

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

Caribbean Ripe for DER and Microgrid Development but Needs Financial Boost

The Caribbean is ripe for microgrid development because of the challenges of hurricanes and COVID-19, but financial constraints are getting in the way. The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is proposing some solutions. This year’s hurricane season is expected to be worse than usual, while the islans are still coming back from the impacts of … [Read more...]

Novel Waste-to-Energy Microgrid Aims to Provide Resilience in Camden, New Jersey

The partners proposing a novel waste-to-energy microgrid for Camden, New Jersey aim to provide resilience to a water processing facility, the city and county and local businesses. Sponsored by the city of Camden, the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA), which operates the water processing facility, and the Camden County … [Read more...]

Groups Urge California Governor to Support Community Microgrids: “A Just Transition to Clean Energy”

Because microgrids offer communities greater control over their energy supply, they’re viewed as a mechanism to help marginalized communities that struggle with the dual burden of poverty and dirty air. Clean energy microgrid projects in rural Africa and India demonstrate the idea. But in the US, use of microgrids as a community-improvement … [Read more...]

PG&E: Partnering with Communities on Microgrids “Critically Important”

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) described partnering with communities on microgrids as “critically important” yesterday following approval by California regulators of the utility’s plan to use microgrids to reduce wildfire-related power outages. The approval was part of a larger order issued by the public utilities commission to … [Read more...]

Maryland Announces Funding for 14 Microgrid Projects

Maryland yesterday announced winners in its resilience solicitation, 14 facilities that speak to the range of operations now pursuing microgrid projects — from marginalized neighborhoods to food production operations to a marine terminal. The winners will divvy up $1.05 million provided by the Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) Resilient … [Read more...]

Three Key Ideas Emerging about Microgrids in an Era of Societal Disruption

Microgrids are among the disruptive class of tech, that which challenges the status quo to improve society. However, lately a technology’s worth is based less on how well it disrupts and more on how well it responds to societal disruption. With the disruption brought by COVID-19, products like teleconferencing, home delivery and telemedicine … [Read more...]

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 that … [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...]