Major Hurdles to the Fast and Scalable Deployment of Microgrids in the Defense and Government Marketplace

Michael Stadler, CTO, and Zach Pecenak, lead engineer at Xendee share three key elements for project success and efficiency for defense and government microgrids. Microgrids are considered to be a key element for energy security within the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal and state agencies. However, they are complex systems … [Read more...]

What Can We Learn from Indigenous Communities about Microgrids?

In Canada, indigenous community members, developers and utilities work together to maximize the potential of microgrids to combat climate change, with indigenous communities often owning a share in the projects. The US government, policymakers and the microgrid industry could model this approach to fight climate change and strike … [Read more...]

Trends Creating Tail Winds for the Microgrid Industry

“All winds are blowing in the direction of microgrids,” said Annette Clayton, CEO of Schneider North America in an interview with Microgrid Knowledge this week. The interview followed Schneider Electric's Innovation Summit North America 2021, a Nov. 10 teleconference that focused on energy resilience and sustainability. Speakers identified … [Read more...]

Microgrids Cropping Up in Florida with Utility Partners

Florida is the most hurricane-prone state in the US, vulnerable to an average $15.4 billion in storm damages annually. So it’s perplexing that state government hasn’t made at least as much fanfare about microgrids as places like California and New Jersey. But even if its government isn’t leading the way, microgrids are cropping up in the … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Again Rolls Out Big Microgrid Plans, This Time for Transportation Electrification

Greater Los Angeles, California, is emerging as an innovation hub for microgrids, evidenced most recently by a plan to install what is being described as one of the US’ largest EV charging stations powered by a solar and storage microgrid. The Washington Bus Yard project comes as the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) works to … [Read more...]

California Water District Expects to Save $73M with Microgrid

Microgrid controllers, natural gas gensets, solar and storage are expected to save $73 million when combined into a new clean-powered energy system at California’s Yucaipa Valley Regional Water Filtration Facility and the Wochholz Regional Water Recycling Facility.   The Yucaipa Valley Water District (YVWD) board of directors approved a … [Read more...]

Study Identifies What Customers are Willing to Pay for Resilient Microgrids

A study from the University of Delaware of about 900 New York state consumers found they’re willing to pay an average of $14 per month for access to resilient microgrids that provide emergency services and potable water to communities during outages. The study, "Willingness to Pay for Microgrids to Enhance Community Resilience," provides … [Read more...]

Microgrid Project Update: Wastewater Plant and Cannabis Growing Facilities

From the West Coast to the Eastern Seaboard, here is a look at three new microgrid projects underway in the United States for wastewater treatment and cannabis operations. McKinleyville Wastewater Treatment Plant  On Oct. 14, 2021, the McKinleyville Community Service District (MCSD) in Humboldt County, California, held the groundbreaking … [Read more...]

5 Common Questions About Microgrids Answered

As the microgrid industry grows, more and more readers new to the technology come to Microgrid Knowledge looking to learn the basics. So today we’re taking a step back from our usual flow of industry news to offer a compendium of resources that answers five common questions about microgrids. We offer short explanations for those looking for … [Read more...]

Facing Off Climate Disaster in Louisiana: The Tale of Two Microgrid Champions

Debra Phipps, of PowerSecure, had her eye on Hurricane Ida when it was little more than an oceanic disturbance. Years of experience, and her company’s state-of-the-art weather monitoring bureau, signaled to her that trouble was headed for the United States long before the rest of us were paying much attention. The more she watched the … [Read more...]