NJ Transit Switches to Renewables for Microgrid, Plans Nov. 25 Solicitation

The New Jersey Transit Corp., called NJ Transit, dropped plans to include a 140-MW natural gas power plant in one of the country’s largest microgrid projects in an effort to have it run entirely on renewable resources. The issue centers on the NJ Transitgrid, a $577 million microgrid designed to provide reliable service on a key portion of … [Read more...]

Southern California Water District Plans Four Microgrids at Key Facilities

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is moving ahead with plans to build microgrids at three water treatment plants and a pumping station. The water district’s board on October 13 approved the projects, a move needed to nail down $10.3 million in incentives from the California Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) … [Read more...]

Former Obama Sustainability Chief Seeks Microgrid Resilience for Vulnerable Communities

The Obama administration's former chief sustainability officer, Michelle Moore, hopes to bring microgrid resilience to disadvantaged communities through non-profit project developer Groundswell. In addition to leading sustainability efforts for the federal government, Moore has been active in expanding the green building movement globally. … [Read more...]

Schneider Launches California Energy Action Program

Underscoring how much California has become an epicenter of microgrid development, one of the industry’s leading players, Schneider Electric, this week announced a California Energy Action Program. Schneider unveiled the plan in conjunction with the official launch of GreenStruxure, a new company that focuses on microgrids for medium-size … [Read more...]

Did the Calistoga Microgrid Fail September 8? Nope.

Although it has a fully-ready microgrid, Calistoga, California experienced a series of unfortunate events that led to loss of power for more than 2,000 utility customers, a side effect of a preventative power shutoff in neighboring regions. On September 8 dangerous wildfire conditions caused Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to trigger … [Read more...]

Microgrid Helps Kaiser Permanente Achieve a First for Carbon Neutrality in Healthcare

Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente has become the first integrated, non-profit healthcare system in the US to achieve carbon neutrality, a feat accomplished with the help of a renewable microgrid.  Located at a hospital in Richmond, California, the microgrid is among the technologies that the healthcare provider pursued to eliminate its … [Read more...]

Multi-Customer Microgrids: Rare, Difficult and the Future

When the switch is flipped on the Redwood Coast Airport Renewable Energy Microgrid, it will become the first multi-customer microgrid in Northern California and one of only a handful active in the US.  This inventive project aims to be a model for creating resilient communities, but should it be successful some of its more innovative … [Read more...]

Three Microgrid Applications Yield Resilience, Savings, Environmental Benefits

Three microgrid applications that use Ageto Energy controllers demonstrate some of the different ways microgrids can provide benefits--ranging from resilience to energy savings to lower diesel use. The microgrids serve a Toyota dealership in Colorado, a low-income housing community in New Orleans and a Native American community in … [Read more...]

Is Creating a Resilient Internet the Next Big Goal?

Few things disrupt society more than the loss of internet service, an inevitable calamity that occurs whenever the electric grid goes down. So why aren’t we developing a resilient internet, one powered by microgrids? That's the mission of a new Massachusetts company that wants to create an internet that can withstand flooding, hurricanes and … [Read more...]

Mission to Care — Examples of Microgrids and Fuel Cells in Action at Hospitals

We complete our new special report series on energy opportunities in healthcare with examples of hospital microgrids that use fuel cells to lower costs, improve sustainability, and increase energy reliability. Hospitals must be built to provide a unique combination of durability and human service. They have to be rugged enough to run 24/7/365 … [Read more...]