World Bank Looks Forward to Nigerian Minigrid Boom

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The World Bank expects a boom in Nigeria's minigrid sector as the multilateral development bank and Nigerian government introduce an auction as part of a five-year, $550 million minigrid tender. The tender is part of a minigrid and solar home electrification program that has been running since June. Speaking at an industry conference held … [Read more...]

More Power Outages in California? No Big Deal for Fremont Fire Department

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Utilities in California are pre-emptively turning off transmission lines that could spark wildfires, but residents of Fremont can sleep a little more soundly knowing that the city’s microgrids will be there. About two years ago, Fremont installed microgrids at three of its fire stations. At the time, the city was interested in getting clean … [Read more...]

The Role of Microgrids in Supporting Economic Development

Thomas Lyons, vice president – asset development, at Ameresco, highlights the growing role of microgrids in supporting economic development. Explore the potential.  It’s fair to say that the United States’ aging and outage-prone grid infrastructure (coupled with increasing storm intensity) can hinder economic development. E Source estimates … [Read more...]

Good Microgrids Make Good Neighbors: EcoBlock Seeks Model Way to Share Energy

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As a neighborhood microgrid forms in Oakland, California, project planners find themselves grappling with a question unique to the age of local energy: How will neighbors cooperate with one another to share electricity? Being developed by a team from the University of California, Berkeley, the Oakland EcoBlock Project aims to provide an … [Read more...]

Peoples Natural Gas Wins Deal to Develop Pittsburgh Airport Microgrid

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Peoples Natural Gas has won a 20-year contract to build, maintain and operate a 22.5 MW microgrid for Pittsburgh International Airport in Pennsylvania. The microgrid, which is expected to be online by June 2021, will be powered by five natural gas-fired generators with a total capacity of about 20 MW and about 7,800 solar panels with a total … [Read more...]

Microgrids Keep Four Dallas Stores Open through this Week’s Tornadoes

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High winds and tornadoes tore across the Dallas area Sunday night, leaving about 140,000 customers without electricity, but four stores with microgrids rode out the storm without interruptions to their power supply. Those stores —H-E-B and Buc-ee’s — have backup natural gas microgrids from Enchanted Rock, a Houston based company. ERock, as … [Read more...]

PG&E May Speed Development of 40 Microgrids Following Power Shutoff

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Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) may speed development of 40 microgrids to help customers maintain electricity when wildfire threats force it to deenergize portions of its grid. The utility described its plans Friday in a four-hour emergency meeting called by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in response to the October … [Read more...]

San Jose Looks to Exit PG&E to Develop Microgrids Following California’s Power Shutoff

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The mayor of San Jose, California wants more microgrids in his city following Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) recent power shutoff — and he’s willing to break ties with the utility to do it. Mayor Sam Liccardo late last week petitioned the city council to create a municipal utility “for the purposes of strategic development of … [Read more...]

Brooklyn Microgrid Launches Campaign to Create Regulatory Sandbox

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Brooklyn Microgrid, the first energy project in the United States to use blockchain technology for energy transactions, is trying to win regulatory approval that would make it possible for project participants to buy and sell energy to each other. Run by LO3 Energy as a test project since 2016, the microgrid began in the Park Slope … [Read more...]

Microgrids Heat up South Africa’s Water

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Spurred on by a conversation with his father about the expense of operating an electric boiler for hot water, André Nel, founder of South Africa-based Eco-V, set out in search of a solution. That led to a technology, GreenTower, that uses hybrid solar microgrids to treat and heat borehole water. “The solution we have found a viable … [Read more...]