PG&E Sees Rise in Utility-Led Community Microgrids with Tariff Change

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) sees more opportunity for community microgrids in its service territory with the approval last month by California regulators of an update to a utility tariff. The California Public Utilities Commission expanded where microgrids that are connected to the utility’s electric distribution system can be … [Read more...]

FPL Builds Third New Microgrid This Year

As Florida Power and Light (FPL) builds its third microgrid this year, the FPL Evolution Hub, the company says it is learning more about microgrid technology, which could hold significant benefits for reliability during storms. The company is exploring new, and what it describes as possibly better, designs for solar, energy storage and electric … [Read more...]

Ameresco Executives Discuss Microgrid Adoption in California

Ameresco's Britta MacIntosh, senior vice president, western region and London operations, and Jacqueline DeRosa, vice president, battery energy storage systems, sat down with Microgrid Knowledge's Elisa Wood at Microgrid California to discuss some of the factors spurring microgrid adoption in California. https://vimeo.com/618552430 Dynamic … [Read more...]

Microgrids Cropping Up in Florida with Utility Partners

Florida is the most hurricane-prone state in the US, vulnerable to an average $15.4 billion in storm damages annually. So it’s perplexing that state government hasn’t made at least as much fanfare about microgrids as places like California and New Jersey. But even if its government isn’t leading the way, microgrids are cropping up in the … [Read more...]

Alliant Energy to Build Its First Community Microgrid in Wisconsin

Alliant Energy, a utility based in Madison, Wisconsin, has announced the development of its first community microgrid project. Expected to be complete in the spring of 2022, the microgrid will serve the Village of Boaz in Richland County, a small community that experienced 10 outages between 2017 and 2019. After weighing the option of … [Read more...]

California to Consider 4 Utility Microgrids to Help Avert Possible Capacity Shortfall

A plan by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to build four utility microgrids won an initial nod last week in a proceeding underway before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to avert a possible capacity shortfall for the next two summers. The utility microgrids were included in what California calls a “proposed … [Read more...]

SEL Executive Discusses California Microgrid Reliability

Scott Manson, technology director at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), sat down with Microgrid Knowledge's Elisa Wood at Microgrid California to discuss why microgrids are so popular in the state and some practical ways we can prevent microgrids from suffering the same fate as the state's bulk electric power … [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...]

Resilient Microgrids Link Clean Energy and Clean Mobility

A new white paper from Schneider Electric explores the link between clean energy and clean mobility, and the role resilient microgrids can play. As electric vehicle (EV) adoption increases in the US, utilities need a way to both manage the demand from EV chargers and take advantage of the value they can provide the grid. Resilient microgrids … [Read more...]

Florida Power and Light Partners with Florida International University on Microgrid

Hurricane season in the US continues through Nov. 30, so reminders to be ready for power outages are frequent in Florida. And when future outages occur, the microgrid built by a Florida Power and Light (FPL)-Florida International University (FIU) partnership will supply backup power to FIU's engineering center — considered one of the most high-tech … [Read more...]