US’ Largest County — Los Angeles — Proposes Agency to Support Microgrids in a Large Swath of California 

The County of Los Angeles last week made an eye-opening proposal — a $41 million program that includes a regional microgrid agency to serve an area that encompasses roughly half of California’s population. The county hopes to do for microgrids what a similar initiative, Southern California Regional Energy Network County (SoCalREN), did for … [Read more...]

Montgomery County’s Microgrid Electric Bus Depot Under Construction

Construction of a 5.6 MW microgrid with distributed energy generation, energy storage and over 2 MW of charging capacity is now underway at the Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot in Montgomery County, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C., after groundbreaking on Sept. 9. AlphaStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and the … [Read more...]

How Many Hurricanes Must Slam the Grid Before We Get the Message? 

The electric grid’s dysfunctional relationship with hurricanes offers a new twist on the Humpty-Dumpty story. Again and again when fierce storms like Hurricane Ida topple wires and poles, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men do put the grid back together again. But with the next big blow, down it goes. So it was head-scratching this … [Read more...]

Footprint Project Seeks Solar, Battery, Trailer Donations as it Mobilizes for Hurricane Ida

The Footprint Project, a non-profit organization that provides microgrids and other emergency energy systems during disasters, is seeking equipment donations as it gets ready to respond to Hurricane Ida on the northern Gulf of Mexico. The Minnesota-based organization plans to dispatch mobile solar equipment to meet emergency power needs in … [Read more...]

Microgrids Power Through Haiti Earthquake

After a devastating earthquake hit Haiti last week, EarthSpark International temporarily de-energized its 100-kW community microgrid in Les Anglais to check for downed wires and await possible aftershocks. Allison Archambault, president of the nonprofit organization, was terrified that EarthSpark wouldn’t be able to re-energize the microgrid if … [Read more...]

FEMA Seeks Microgrids as Biden Channels $3.5 Billion to Agency for Disaster Relief

The Biden administration is dedicating a “historic” $3.5 billion to a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery program and the funds can be used to build microgrids. As part of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), the funding is designated for hazard mitigation measures across the 59 major disaster declarations … [Read more...]

Report Calls for Change as Town Center Microgrids Run into Roadblocks

Town center, or TC microgrid, projects in the Northeast have foundered in the face of regulatory, statutory and technical challenges, according to a report written for the New Jersey Bureau of Public Utilities (NJBPU). “Town center microgrids are one conceptual solution for community emergency-power resilience and reliability needs but face … [Read more...]

Abilene Eyes Microgrid After Winter Power Outages at Key Water Facilities

After its water system lost power during widespread power outages in mid-February, Abilene, Texas, is considering setting up a microgrid. During Winter Storm Uri, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages most of the state’s electric grid, ordered blackouts that affected about 4.5 million people over five days and led to at … [Read more...]

Microgrids Protect Essential Water Services for California Residents During Outages

Communities can live without power, but they can’t survive without water. That’s  one of the reasons the Ventura County Public Works Agency's water and sanitation department in California is planning a microgrid at its Moorpark Water Reclamation Facility, which serves low-income residents. Microgrid provider PowerFlex is financing and … [Read more...]

Hamden, Connecticut, Plans Microgrids to Help Meet Energy Goals

Hamden, Connecticut’s city council approved an energy plan that calls for building microgrids, shifting to renewable energy and slashing overall energy use. The town in south-central Connecticut intends to build its first microgrid by 2025, with another one coming five years later, to bolster its ability to handle tough weather and be more … [Read more...]