Community Microgrids

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

Not Wanting to Become Texas, New Jersey Grants $4 Million for Microgrid Studies

New Jersey regulators last week approved an additional $4 million for detailed microgrid designs as part of its ongoing Town Center Distributed Energy Resources Microgrid Program. The proposed microgrids, all for government entities, would serve 24 FEMA Category IV facilities (such as hospitals, police stations and water supply facilities) … [Read more...]

Vermont’s Green Mountain Power to Build Microgrid, Plans Others

Green Mountain Power (GMP) is breaking ground this spring on a microgrid in Panton, Vermont, which already has a 4.9-MW solar facility coupled with a 1-MW/4-MWh battery storage system. GMP, Vermont’s largest utility with about 266,000 customers, also plans to set up other microgrids in “resiliency zones” as part of a broad plan to prepare for … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County Sets March 3 Hearing Date for Plan that Calls for Multiple Microgrids

The Cuyahoga County Council on Feb. 23 took a first step toward adopting a plan for multiple microgrids in the northeast Ohio county when it referred the proposed ordinance to the “committee of the whole.” Cuyahoga County is preparing to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) for multiple microgrids in an effort to spur business … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to Vote on Plan for Multiple Microgrids Feb. 23

Cuyahoga County in northeast Ohio is preparing to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) for multiple microgrids in an effort to spur business development. The initiative builds on plans to set up a $100 million microgrid district in downtown Cleveland, according to Armond Budish, a Cuyahoga County executive. The plan comes after a week of … [Read more...]

Look Who Likes Microgrids Now: Why and How the Market is Opening to Smaller Facilities

Expanding from their origins at universities, military bases and corporate campuses, microgrids are starting to make their way into smaller businesses and even neighborhoods and homes. The change comes, in part, because of a growing public awakening about the vulnerability of the electric grid. Superstorm Sandy in 2012 seemed to open the … [Read more...]

Built With Frugal Innovation, Solar Microgrids Improve Medical Care in the Himalayas

In remote villages in the Himalayas, medical centers often lack critical medical equipment, refrigerators for vaccines and dependable electricity for light and other essentials. But Paras Loomba intends to change that, bringing solar microgrids to medical centers, which will allow for vaccine storage, baby warmers, ventilators and other items that … [Read more...]

Australian Group Seeks Funds to Study Microgrids for Area Hit Hard by Bushfires

The Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA), an Australian organization focusing on climate change mitigation for the Eurobodalla region, has partnered with others to apply for funding to complete microgrid feasibility studies. Last summer's bushfires heavily impacted the Eurobodalla region, on the Southeast Australian coast, … [Read more...]

Locals and Techies Promote Intriguing Critical Services Microgrid for Asheville, NC

What do you get when you bring together an energy consultant, an aerospace engineer, a former engineering professor and a cybersecurity expert — all of them in Asheville, North Carolina, a city renowned for its creative spirit. It turns out you get a microgrid proposal -- and an intriguing one at that. The group of volunteers is pitching … [Read more...]

ComEd Taps Enchanted Rock for Bronzeville Microgrid

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has selected Enchanted Rock to provide 5.5 MW in dispatchable natural gas-fired generation to support the Bronzeville community microgrid under development in Chicago. “Enchanted Rock will help us ensure the Bronzeville microgrid provides continuous power in the event of a major interruption, and it will do so … [Read more...]

UK-Based Energy Cooperative Raises Financing for Solar Community Microgrids

Bristol Energy Cooperative, a UK-based community-owned energy cooperative, is in the process of raising the equivalent of $2.7 million to finance a portfolio of renewable energy projects, including solar powered community microgrids. The organization is raising funds through its seventh community share offer, with a projected 3.5% return on … [Read more...]