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...]

Understanding Microgrid Project and Operational Requirements

In a new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Siemens, we're providing a guide to help microgrid developers avoid the pain points that can wreck the financial and operational assumptions for a project. This second article in the series outlines Step 1: Understanding the Microgrid Project and Operational … [Read more...]

How Rural Electric Cooperatives Can Power Through California Outages with Microgrids

Rural electric cooperatives often don’t own their own power resources and usually rely on other utilities’ lines for importing power, which can create challenges during public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) or grid outages. Microgrids can help solve these problems. Take, for example, Anza Electric Cooperative, which is located in a high … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Presses Ahead on Microgrids

Cuyahoga County continues to move ahead with plans to create an electric utility to support microgrid development in northeast Ohio. The Cuyahoga County Council is set to review the legal issues surrounding plans to develop microgrids at a July 20 meeting, according to Mike Foley, director of the county’s sustainability department. Earlier … [Read more...]

Pittsburgh Is Now Home to the World’s First Major Airport Completely Powered by a Hybrid Microgrid

The airport microgrid in Pittsburgh is now operating, giving the Pennsylvania city the stature of having the first major US airport completely powered by an on-site solar energy and natural gas microgrid.  Completed this week, the 20 MW microgrid is now the primary power supply for the entire Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), … [Read more...]

San Diego Approves Deal with Shell New Energies for 8 Microgrids

Shell New Energies US will own and operate eight San Diego microgrids under a 25-year agreement approved by the San Diego, California city council. The microgrids on city facilities are set to include a total of 930 kW of solar photovoltaic systems, 2 MWh of battery storage and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, city staff said in a … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Forms Strategic Partnership with Footprint Project

Footprint Project, a small, rapid-response disaster relief operation, recently got a big boost with multinational giant Schneider Electric coming on as a strategic partner to support the organization’s microgrid efforts. The two pro-microgrid operations plan to act as strategic partners to help when calamities leave communities desperate for … [Read more...]

Scale Microgrid Solutions Acquires Microgrid in Bridgeport, Connecticut

As part of its growth strategy, Scale Microgrid Solutions has acquired a microgrid that serves three key municipal facilities in Bridgeport, Connecticut. “Scale is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire and optimize distributed energy resources, including those currently in commercial operations or in late-stage development,” … [Read more...]