Texas on the Verge of an Energy Catastrophe: How Microgrids are Helping

The electric grid has been around for nearly 140 years, but it’s yet to overcome its biggest nemesis: the weather. Texas is showcasing that point this week as it suddenly rivals California in proving the need for microgrids. What happened in Texas and how bad is it? Very bad. Struggling to keep the grid from collapse, the grid operator … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Can Transform Hospital Energy Usage

Lance Haines, chief technology officer-microgrids at Schneider Electric, explains how microgrids improve hospital energy resiliency, efficiency and flexibility.  Technology and patient care go together. Since the global pandemic, hospitals have aggressively sought digital transformation of their infrastructure as medical professionals seek … [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...]

California Microgrid To Demonstrate that Hospitals Don’t Need Diesel Generators

Kaiser Permanente plans to demonstrate a range of energy innovations at a hospital microgrid in Ontario, California, that will include how to incorporate renewable energy and move away from diesel generators. The hospital microgrid also will feature a fuel cell and a demonstration virtual power plant (VPP) — with power provided from … [Read more...]

NJ Transit Withdraws Air Permit to Quash Concerns about Microgrid

NJ Transit withdrew the air permit applications for a 140-MW natural gas-fired power plant in an effort to quash concerns it would be included as part of a planned microgrid. Earlier this month, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy asked the NJ Transit’s board to withdraw the permits, saying the power plant didn’t line up with the state’s climate … [Read more...]

California Tribe Explores What Some See as the Future: Networked Microgrids

Not just anyone can develop networked microgrids. The problem? It requires ownership of the land on which all of the networked microgrids will be located, according to Tim McDuffie, senior business development engineer for Smarter Grid Solutions. His company has proposed networked microgrids for the Hoopa Valley Tribe, located in Hoopa, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Planned for Public Facilities Near Aspen, Colorado 

About three miles outside of Aspen, Colorado, Holy Cross Energy, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, and Pitkin County representatives are conducting a feasibility study for a local, renewable energy microgrid.  The project would connect the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport with neighboring public facilities including Holy Cross Energy’s … [Read more...]

EDF Renewables to Install “Crown Jewel” of San Diego Port’s Climate Plan: A Microgrid

The Port of San Diego, one of a growing number of large infrastructure projects incorporating microgrids, has taken the next big step in its climate plan by awarding a $2.7 million microgrid installation contract to EDF Renewables Distribution Systems. “We are excited. We’re in a race to be the first microgrid at a port in the US,” said … [Read more...]

PG&E Faces Backlash Over “Optional” Label for Microgrids in Certain California Fire Zones

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is facing backlash for its proposal to label microgrids “optional” in certain California fire zones, a label that critics say would nearly double the cost of developing microgrids and result in fewer coming online. The proposal emerged within a proceeding before the California Public Utilities Commission … [Read more...]

Industry Bullish on Future of Microgrid Market Over Next 10 Years

The microgrid industry is bullish about the future of the microgrid market over the next 10 years, expecting the energy as a service model and modular microgrids to grow quickly worldwide. But in the US, regulatory challenges create hurdles,  said speakers Tuesday during the second day of the Microgrid 2020 Global Conference. “If we lay the … [Read more...]