PG&E Taps Michigan Utility Exec to Lead Company

PG&E, California's largest utility, selected Patti Poppe to lead the company after it emerged from bankruptcy and is under pressure to bolster grid resilience in the face of wildfire threats. Poppe is a long-time utility executive at CMS Energy, based in Jackson, Michigan, and its utility subsidiary Consumers Energy, which has about 6.7 … [Read more...]

Industry Bullish on Future of Microgrid Market Over Next 10 Years

The microgrid industry is bullish about the future of the microgrid market over the next 10 years, expecting the energy as a service model and modular microgrids to grow quickly worldwide. But in the US, regulatory challenges create hurdles,  said speakers Tuesday during the second day of the Microgrid 2020 Global Conference. “If we lay the … [Read more...]

Snohomish County PUD Chooses Doosan V2G Tech for Microgrid

Snohomish County PUD (SnoPUD) will use Doosan GridTech's vehicle-to-grid (V2G) energy management system to control two V2G fleet charging stations at its Arlington, Washington microgrid.  The V2G system can charge a car and allow the vehicle's energy to flow back to the grid for support during an outage. This pilot program explores the … [Read more...]

Emera Technologies Unveils Plug-and-Play Neighborhood Microgrid Geared for Utilities

Emera Technologies has developed a residential, plug-and-play microgrid system called BlockEnergy that is designed to be owned and operated by utilities – a sector in search of a way to offer microgrids that works within its business structure. Set to be installed in a housing development in Tampa, Florida, the system aligns with major trends in … [Read more...]

Demand for Home Microgrids Surges in Response to California Fires

Interest in home microgrids is surging in California in response to wildfires and public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), with microgrid companies saying demand has jumped by as much as 1,000% in the last month. Not only has demand increased; so has the pressure to install home microgrids as quickly as possible, and some companies say they … [Read more...]

Concentric to Build 35-MW Microgrid in California with Innovative Wholesale Power Agreement

Concentric Power has struck a deal to build a 35-MW microgrid project in Gonzales, California that will operate under an unusual wholesale power agreement that involves a municipal utility, a local electric authority and retail customers. Unveiled yesterday, the $70 million microgrid is an economic development play to help attract businesses … [Read more...]

How to Reduce PG&E’s Diesel Use During Fire Emergencies and Shutoffs?

Microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) can help reduce Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) diesel use during California fire emergencies, but only if new incentives are implemented and DER integration systems are created. Microgrids and DERs will be most helpful, at least in the short-term, if paired with other technologies, … [Read more...]

Georgia Tech Installs 1.5 MW Data Center Microgrid

A team that includes utility Georgia Power has installed a 1.5 MW data center microgrid to serve the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta. Located at ATL1, a DataBank data center, the microgrid uses natural gas and diesel generation, fuel cells, and battery energy storage. During power outages, the microgrid will act … [Read more...]

San Diego Utility Plans to Make Borrego Springs Microgrid Entirely Renewable

San Diego Gas & Electric plans to upgrade its Borrego Springs microgrid so that it can run entirely on renewable energy. SDG&E received a $4.5 million grant from the US Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office to buy smart power inverters, controls and a state-of-the-art energy management system. The utility is … [Read more...]

California Offers New Proposal to Break Down Barriers to Microgrids

Staff at the California Public Utilities Commission released a proposal last week that calls for a new microgrid pilot program, a special tariff for microgrids, and other measures to overcome barriers to microgrid development. The proposal comes in the second phase of a commission proceeding to help commercialize microgrids. The first phase … [Read more...]