PG&E Launches Community Microgrid Program

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has launched a community microgrid program that aims to help California communities design and build multicustomer microgrids serving critical facilities and vulnerable groups. The Community Microgrid Enablement Program offers technical and financial support for qualifying projects in areas with the … [Read more...]

Why and How to Bring Microgrids to Small Town America

This spring, the Poudre Valley Electric Association (PVREA), which provides power to northern Colorado, plans to test a microgrid for a small town that has experienced outages because of car accidents on curvy roads, extreme weather, and, in September, a fire that left the town without power for 52 hours. The microgrid, which will replace … [Read more...]

PG&E Gets Nod to Help Locals Build Community Microgrids in California

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) plan for helping local governments and tribes set up community microgrids to protect critical facilities when there are widespread power outages. PG&E’s Community Microgrid Enablement Program, approved March 18, grew out of the commission’s … [Read more...]

Puget Sound Energy Looks to Invest Heavily in DERs

Amid plans to shed about 750 MW of coal-fired generation, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is preparing to invest heavily in distributed energy resources (DERs), including non-wires alternatives and possibly microgrids, according to a draft integrated resource plan (IRP). “Distributed energy resources, such as battery energy storage and rooftop as … [Read more...]

Vermont’s Green Mountain Power to Build Microgrid, Plans Others

Green Mountain Power (GMP) is breaking ground this spring on a microgrid in Panton, Vermont, which already has a 4.9-MW solar facility coupled with a 1-MW/4-MWh battery storage system. GMP, Vermont’s largest utility with about 266,000 customers, also plans to set up other microgrids in “resiliency zones” as part of a broad plan to prepare for … [Read more...]

Can Flow Battery Project Add Microgrid Reliability With Zero Emissions?

Two years ago, a new vanadium flow battery helped support California's energy grid and keep it safe from additional wildfire outages. Now, the battery is making news at a San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) substation as the first of its kind to use the emerging flow technology with microgrids to power communities and critical facilities with … [Read more...]

The Changing ‘Flow of Power’ Spurring Energy Transition

Harold Ruckpaul, director of strategic alliances at Eaton, explores the energy transition, the changing flow of power and growing microgrid adoption in an interview with Kevin Normandeau, publisher at Microgrid Knowledge, at Microgrid 2020 Global event.  Eaton is well-known as a leading power management company, but Normandeau and Ruckpaul began … [Read more...]

A Ready-Made Microgrid at Zero Cost? Yep. A Nebraska Utility Did It

Lincoln Electric System (LES), the public power utility serving greater Lincoln, Nebraska has set up a microgrid with up to 29 MW of load to serve critical facilities. The cost? Zero. The microgrid in downtown Lincoln is based around an existing duel-fuel, 29-MW generating unit and a substation and its infrastructure, according to Scott … [Read more...]

Microgrid Planned for Public Facilities Near Aspen, Colorado 

About three miles outside of Aspen, Colorado, Holy Cross Energy, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, and Pitkin County representatives are conducting a feasibility study for a local, renewable energy microgrid.  The project would connect the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport with neighboring public facilities including Holy Cross Energy’s … [Read more...]

21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021

The last year brought about a proliferation of microgrid projects, as the technology hit its stride in the marketplace. Here we look at 21 of those projects that we believe should be carefully watched as they unfold in 2021.  We chose the projects for their innovation, ability to serve as models, and demonstration of microgrid benefits. Why … [Read more...]