Microgrid Bill that Clarifies Utility & Operator Roles Approved by Maine House

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The Maine House has approved a microgrid bill that would open the state to microgrid development and clarify utility and operator roles. L.D. 13, passed by the House on a 85-54 vote in mid-March, directs the Maine Public Utilities Commission to approve microgrid proposals of up to 25 MW if they are in the public interest. The bill … [Read more...]

PG&E Negotiating to Microgrid an Existing Power Plant in Wildfire Strategy

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Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has rolled out a new plan to keep power flowing during the 2020 wildfire season, which includes forming a microgrid from an existing natural gas-fired plant. The California utility outlined its strategy in an April 1 filing before the California Public Utilities Commission (Rulemaking: 19-09-009). The … [Read more...]

Why You May Want to Seriously Consider a Microgrid for your Electric Vehicles

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To most of the world the electric vehicle (EV) revolution simply means using a plug rather than a fuel pump to keep a car running. But in truth it will require a significant overhaul of energy systems and infrastructure, one that’s likely to get businesses and even households considering microgrids. Andy Haun, senior vice president and chief … [Read more...]

60 Minutes Segment “Incredible Exposure” for the Microgrid Movement Globally

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A recent segment of "60 Minutes" about the Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) work in the Bahamas was “incredible exposure” for the microgrid movement globally. “We were in the living rooms of over 9 million viewers that Sunday evening. It was incredible exposure for the Bahamas energy transition, Rocky Mountain Institute and the microgrid … [Read more...]

Pacific Gas & Electric Temporarily Suspends Microgrid Solicitation

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Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) says it has temporarily suspended — but not canceled — a request for offers (RFO) issued in December for 20 microgrid projects. The decision came after various stakeholders expressed concern about the California utility's aggressive deadline to get the microgrids built in 2020. PG&E had hoped the … [Read more...]

SCE Delays Pilot Microgrids after Tight Schedule Drives up Costs 

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Saying a tight schedule is driving up costs, Southern California Edison (SCE) yesterday canceled plans for pilot microgrids in 2020 and instead will re-seek them for 2021 and 2022. The utility spelled out its new microgrid plan in a filing with California Public Utilities Commission (R.19-09-009 ). The postponement came in response to … [Read more...]

AlphaStruxure Explores Microgrid Opportunities From Coast-to-Coast

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Many factors make microgrids unique, including their ability to island in the case of a power outage. And alternative models like energy-as-a-service  are making these microgrids more accessible.  This final entry from a new special report series shares details of real microgrid  projects from AlphaStruxure, a joint venture of The Carlyle Group and … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Help Businesses Reach Cost, Resilience and Climate Goals

Microgrids provide businesses with a way to secure energy resilience, reduce costs and achieve climate goals. This excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure offers real world examples. Microgrids are the next logical step in the evolution of energy management for businesses. Many businesses are already … [Read more...]

Will a Single Utility, PG&E, Boost the 2020 Microgrid Market by $1 Billion?

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By some estimates, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is creating a $1 billion opportunity for microgrids, meaning one utility in one year could boost the worldwide market by 10%. Not surprisingly, the California utility by its own account received a “robust” number of bids by companies that want to provide the microgrids. PG&E issued a … [Read more...]

Can You Afford to Not Have a Microgrid?

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In California, the question ‘Can we afford a microgrid?’ might be more aptly phrased: ‘Can we afford to not have a microgrid?’ This excerpt from a new special report by Microgrid Knowledge and AlphaStruxure highlights how energy-as-a-service is making microgrids easier and more affordable.  Business executives, community leaders and others … [Read more...]