What Isaias Laid Bare about the East Coast’s Progress — or Lack of — on Energy Resilience

Isaias’ punch to the East Coast last week in many ways resembled that of Superstorm Sandy, the storm that eight years ago launched a drive for microgrids to ward off power outages. So it naturally raises the question, When it comes to electric reliability, how far has the East Coast come since Sandy?  By the outage numbers, not far. … [Read more...]

The Possibilities for Healthcare Microgrid Business Models

In this new special report series, we explore the potential of microgrids in hospitals to prevent outages and downtime. Here we discuss microgrid business models that make it easier for healthcare facilities to move forward with projects. The growth of microgrids in recent years has brought with it advances in business models that make … [Read more...]

FEMA Offers $500M in Resilience Grants. An Opportunity for Microgrids & DERs?

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced a $500 million infrastructure grant program that offers opportunities for microgrids, energy storage, backup power, and other advanced energy solutions. Through the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program, the agency seeks infrastructure projects that … [Read more...]

Enchanted Rock to Install Microgrid for Regional Water Authority in Texas

Enchanted Rock, a Texas-based company, will set up a 2.4 MW microgrid for the North Fort Bend Water Authority to ensure water deliveries during power outages. Earlier this summer, the board for the regional water authority, approved a $1.2 million contract with Enchanted Rock under which the company will replace existing backup generators … [Read more...]

Open Source Tech Improves Microgrids in Southeast Asia

In villages in Southeast Asia, a person often must sit inside a powerhouse to manually control the flow of water in small hydro microgrids to ensure the systems operate safely. “The operator will watch the system parameters and open or close the valve to the turbine to regulate the flow of water and therefore quantity of energy generated as … [Read more...]

Data Centers and Microgrids Partner to Change Power Delivery, Efficiency, and Economics

This final entry from our special report series shows how data centers and microgrids pair to update forms of power delivery, ramp up efficiency and save money.  In today’s connected world, a microgrid is a real technology making a real difference. These are the solutions that enable true energy-as-a-service designs, leveraging … [Read more...]

California Offers New Proposal to Break Down Barriers to Microgrids

Staff at the California Public Utilities Commission released a proposal last week that calls for a new microgrid pilot program, a special tariff for microgrids, and other measures to overcome barriers to microgrid development. The proposal comes in the second phase of a commission proceeding to help commercialize microgrids. The first phase … [Read more...]

Microgrids in Hospitals Bolster Public Health

Next up in this entry from our new special report series, we review why microgrids in hospitals may be a perfect fit — especially during COVID-19.    It is hard to imagine an institution more critical to public health and safety than a hospital. Unfortunately, hospitals are also vulnerable to the wide range of threats — floods, hurricanes, … [Read more...]

Hydrogen Becomes More Viable as a Microgrid Fuel

Hydrogen is becoming more viable as a microgrid fuel source, although few hydrogen microgrids exist yet and cost remains a challenge, industry members say. One example is a housing complex in Sweden where six public buildings run on electricity and heat from a microgrid that combines solar, batteries, heat pumps, hydrogen production and storage … [Read more...]

44% of Businesses Considering Microgrids: Survey

In a new report by Deloitte, 44% of businesses who responded to a national survey said they are considering microgrids, an increase of nine percentage points over last year’s survey. In “Deloitte Resources 2020 Study,” 54% of those considering microgrids said they have critical operations that require uninterrupted power supply, said Marlene … [Read more...]