Zimbabweans Turn to Minigrids in Droves Amid Chronic Blackouts

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It's said that necessity is the mother of invention, and that's the case in Zimbabwe where businesses and well-off residents are reportedly turning to off-grid minigrids and on-site solar, small wind and hydro-plus-storage systems in droves amid grid outages that can last 18 hours a day. The average cost per connection for minigrids in … [Read more...]

Siemens Explores a Holistic Approach to Wildfire Mitigation

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Siemens’ Clark Wiedetz highlights a different way to approach wildfires. Explore why many businesses are taking a look at alternative solutions to a growing number of natural disasters, like microgrids for wildfires.  Over the last several decades, the western United States has become a region of widespread, high-intensity wildfires. … [Read more...]

Report Shows Mission-Critical Enterprises Increasingly Turn to Microgrids to Enhance Energy Reliability

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More and more, mission-critical enterprises are using microgrids with on-site power systems to ramp up energy reliability, efficiency and sustainability. Why? As technology advances, power outages are simply unacceptable at military bases, health-care facilities, data centers, distribution centers and more. A new report from PowerSecure, … [Read more...]

Walk Through the Last of the Microgrid Development Phases: Implementation

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This guest post is adapted  from a new white paper from the DOE's Rima Kasia Oueid that outlines the three microgrid development phases for public critical infrastructure microgrids. This entry explores Phase 3: Implementation.  Implementing a microgrid requires significant time, effort and investment. There are many cost variables that must … [Read more...]

Researching the Human Side of Microgrids, Too, for Storm-Battered Tallahassee

Battered by Hurricane Michael last year, the City of Tallahassee and researchers are trying to design a storm-hardened microgrid system, one that considers both engineering and human psychology. The city is working with a cross-disciplinary research team from Colorado State University (CSU) that won a  $194,000 grant in June from the National … [Read more...]

Microgrids: An Innovative Solution for Meeting DoD Energy Resiliency Requirements

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Stephanie Pine, manager, federal business at S&C Electric, explores how the Department of Defense is approaching its energy resiliency goals. DoD microgrids are part of the strategy.  Energy resiliency isn’t just an overarching long-term goal for the Department of Defense (DoD); it’s a critical competency with specific DoD requirements … [Read more...]

Dissecting the Planning Phase of Public Infrastructure Microgrid Development

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This guest post is adapted from a new white paper on microgrid development by the DOE's Rima Kasia Oueid that outlines three development phases for public critical infrastructure microgrids. This entry explores Phase 2: planning.  The planning phase involves significant preparation work for the project that begins with broader stakeholder … [Read more...]

Why Microgrid Developers Shouldn’t be Storm Chasers

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Don’t follow one-time disasters to find microgrid opportunities; look instead to areas with recurring power outages and businesses interested in resilience, says a new study. Curious about the impact of storms and disasters, Wood Mackenzie, a global research and consultancy business, looked at microgrids sized 100 kW and above that were … [Read more...]

New Jersey Prepares for Second Round of Microgrid Funding

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New Jersey expects to begin accepting applications in November for its second round of microgrid funding, part of a program that already has 13 towns studying the feasibility of microgrids. As a precursor, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities plans to seek comments next month on a draft proposal for the second round of the New Jersey … [Read more...]

Threat of Wildfires and Power Shutdowns Heightens Urgency for Microgrid in California Community

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Recent power shutdowns by Pacific Gas &Electric (PGE) -- and the likelihood of more to come -- has renewed the urgency of a microgrid feasibility study being carried out for the Northern California City of Calistoga. California utilities undertake the shutdowns, known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) when wildfire risk heightens. … [Read more...]