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...]

The Benefits of Propane Generators for Hybrid Microgrids

A new white paper from the Propane Education and Research Council presents two case studies illustrating the benefits of using propane generators in hybrid microgrids. Today's microgrids typically consist of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, battery storage and a backup generator or backup fuel cell system. The backup generator or fuel cell … [Read more...]

Should You Hire a Consultant to Help Develop Your Microgrid?

Power generation is not the primary business of most potential microgrid buyers. They’re generally not familiar with the technical details related to on-grid and off-grid energy, solar panels, controls, artificial intelligence and battery storage. That's where a microgrid consultant may help, says Jon Erickson, senior project manager at POWER … [Read more...]

Emera Tech, Pepco, and Housing Partnership Move Ahead on Residential Microgrid in Maryland

The Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP), Emera Technologies and Pepco are moving ahead on a residential microgrid project at a subdivision of net-zero, low-to-moderate income houses with the support of a $200,000 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). The grant will support a community solar and battery energy storage system … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric, Citizens Energy to Build Microgrid for Caregiving Facility in Connecticut

Schneider Electric and Citizens Energy are building a microgrid for a caregiving facility in New Britain, Connecticut, under a partnership they expect will lead to additional microgrid projects. The Marian Heights microgrid will provide grid resiliency for four buildings on the campus of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception that … [Read more...]