PG&E Turns to 3 Kinds of Microgrids to Avert Wildfire Power Shutoffs

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)  has launched a multifaceted microgrid strategy to keep power flowing to customers when conventional electrical equipment becomes a wildfire threat. As part of its wildfire safety plan, the utility is pursuing three kinds of microgrids to help avert public safety power shutoffs (PSPS): Remote, … [Read more...]

Report Finds Interest in Microgrids and DERs among Utilities’ Industrial Customers

Utilities are finding that their industrial customers want to deploy microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) and are seeking their help, according to research by the consulting firm Deloitte. Their interest is driven by the desire to cut costs, achieve resilience and meet sustainability goals, said Marlene Motyka, US and global … [Read more...]

Educating Customers About 3 Key Microgrid Benefits

What microgrid benefits incentivize customers to adopt the technology? The ability to decarbonize, achieve resiliency and lower costs top the list, according to Alex Savelli, executive director of power generation at Cummins. Cummins is especially focused on decarbonization through use of hydrogen — including in fuel cells and electrolyzers. … [Read more...]

Microgrids Open Doors to Future DER Opportunities

A new white paper from PXiSE Energy Solutions explores how microgrids can help utilities leverage diverse distributed energy resources (DER) to better serve their customers and reposition themselves in the energy supply value chain. Microgrids have been around since the days of Thomas Edison, and, according to the white paper, many of the … [Read more...]

DC Water Issues Request for Interest in Wastewater Microgrid Project

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority has issued a microgrid RFI (request for interest) for the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, D.C. DC Water is holding an outreach meeting at 3 p.m. May 25 to discuss the RFI. Letters of interest are due June 14. DC Water said it issued the RFI on May 14 to get … [Read more...]

Go Slow to Go Fast When Writing a Microgrid RFP

When writing a microgrid RFP (requests for proposals), it’s important to go slow in order to go fast. This means that it’s critical to do as much upfront work as possible before issuing the microgrid RFP. “Adding extra time at the front end and thoughtfulness into the RFP with as much detail as possible can help you finish a more successful … [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...]

Successful Hydropower Microgrid Tested with the Idaho National Laboratory

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Idaho Falls Power have successfully tested a hydropowered microgrid to improve the resilience and reliability of municipal power.  Idaho Falls Power is a municipal-owned utility in the city of Idaho Falls, Idaho. In conjunction with Idaho Falls Power, the Idaho National Laboratory began studying the … [Read more...]

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...]