UK Microgrid Project Offers Path to Residential Electrification

A new zero-carbon microgrid development underway in the UK could pilot a route to the use of microgrids that add far greater value to energy consumers. The Grove Park housing and business development at Sellindge, near Ashford in Kent, will be powered exclusively via a renewable energy plus storage microgrid coupled with a smart grid … [Read more...]

5 Common Questions About Microgrids Answered

As the microgrid industry grows, more and more readers new to the technology come to Microgrid Knowledge looking to learn the basics. So today we’re taking a step back from our usual flow of industry news to offer a compendium of resources that answers five common questions about microgrids. We offer short explanations for those looking for … [Read more...]

Facing Off Climate Disaster in Louisiana: The Tale of Two Microgrid Champions

Debra Phipps, of PowerSecure, had her eye on Hurricane Ida when it was little more than an oceanic disturbance. Years of experience, and her company’s state-of-the-art weather monitoring bureau, signaled to her that trouble was headed for the United States long before the rest of us were paying much attention. The more she watched the … [Read more...]

How Many Hurricanes Must Slam the Grid Before We Get the Message? 

The electric grid’s dysfunctional relationship with hurricanes offers a new twist on the Humpty-Dumpty story. Again and again when fierce storms like Hurricane Ida topple wires and poles, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men do put the grid back together again. But with the next big blow, down it goes. So it was head-scratching this … [Read more...]

Sunrun Works with CCAs to Build Neighborhood Microgrids in Northern California 

Sunrun has taken initial steps to build on its concept of neighborhood microgrids. It signed contracts with three community choice aggregators (CCAs) in the San Francisco Bay Area designed to meet state-mandated resource adequacy requirements. As described in a March 9, 2020, Microgrid Knowledge article, San Francisco-based Sunrun has … [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...]

Florida PSC Approves Neighborhood Microgrid to be Owned and Operated by a Utility

The Florida Public Service Commission approved a four-year neighborhood microgrid program proposed by Tampa Electric (TECO) that includes battery storage and solar photovoltaic equipment at customer homes. TECO will install Emera Technologies’ plug-and-play neighborhood microgrid system called BlockEnergy. The system is designed to be owned … [Read more...]

Xcel Energy Moves Ahead with Wisconsin Microgrid Pilot not Paid for in Rates

Xcel Energy is launching a resiliency-as-a-service pilot for its commercial and industrial customers, with Xcel paying for 90% of the behind-the-meter microgrid costs upfront, getting paid back by the microgrid users over 10 years, and excluding the costs of the program from the rate base. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission May 13 … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Names Finalists for Greater Good Awards

Microgrid Knowledge has released the names of the six finalists for this year's Microgrid Greater Good Awards. From the six finalists, three winners will be chosen and announced June 1, as part of Microgrid 2021: The World Awakens to Microgrids, a free virtual conference that has attracted several thousand participants from across the globe. Now … [Read more...]

Study Finds 570 Ideal Sites for Nanogrids and Microgrids in Kentucky

Kentucky has 558 ideal sites for nanogrids and a dozen potential sites for regional community microgrids, according to a state study that aims to spur microgrid development at critical facilities in response to the growing threat of power outages. The Kentucky Regional Microgrids for Resilience Study was designed to help utilities, local and state … [Read more...]