Studying microgrid feasibility in outage-prone Wisconsin

With Wisconsin customers experiencing outages more often due to high winds, winter storms and spring and summer flooding, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has completed microgrid feasibility studies that identify options for a monastery, school, wastewater treatment plant and police department. Jared Leader, director, resilience, SEPA, … [Read more...]

Now available! View Microgrid 2022 on demand

If you couldn’t attend Microgrid 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this past June, good news. We captured every session on video and it’s now available for you to view on demand. Each of the panel discussions, breakout sessions, workshops and keynote addresses can be accessed through the links below or via the Microgrid Knowledge video … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County draws 37 responses from RFI for microgrids and new utility

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, said it received a “tremendous response” to its recent request for information (RFI) to build multiple microgrids and establish a county utility. Issued in early June, the RFI drew 37 responses from across the country offering guidance on the technical, commercial and contractual frameworks for the project planned in … [Read more...]

How to Bring Maximum Microgrid Value to Utilities and Their Customers

Utilities offer an array of value-added services for their customers, among them microgrids. But developing a utility microgrid is not always easy given the regulatory constraints utilities face. Utilities talk about the hurdles they face and the solutions they’ve found to make their microgrids a reality. Nathan Johnson of Arizona State … [Read more...]

A dozen more microgrids move forward in San Diego

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced four new microgrids this week, while another eight microgrids, which are being developed for the California city by Gridscape Solutions, moved forward with a construction contract. The new projects add to a growing list of microgrids in the San Diego area at a range of facilities from … [Read more...]

Even Smarter Cities: Keeping Critical Services Operating When the Grid Is Down

In this video, you'll learn how smart cities are using microgrids to keep critical services operating when the grid is down. Michael Boswell of Concord Engineering and Michael Samuel of R3M Engineering present a case study how a critical piece of infrastructure found resilience with a microgrid. Hurricane Sandy seriously damaged the Sayreville … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, releases RFI in next step to create unique microgrid-centered utility

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, issued a request for information (RFI) yesterday in its latest step to set up one of the nation’s most ambitious microgrid projects, which includes the creation of its own county utility. The RFI is a precursor to a request for proposals the county intends to issue for multiple microgrids developed in public/private … [Read more...]

Colorado Gov. Polis signs bills to create microgrid roadmap, offer rural grants

Colorado will create a microgrid roadmap and make microgrid grants available for municipal utilities and cooperatives under two bills signed last week by Gov. Jared Polis.  The Electric Grid Resilience And Reliability Roadmap (HB22-1249) and the Microgrids For Community Resilience Grant Program (HB22-1013) cleared their final hurdle to … [Read more...]

Benefits of sectionalizing the power grid: Webinar June 16

Microgrids are a promising solution because of their ability to disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously. This can help the grid recover more quickly after a disruption from severe weather events or natural disasters. One hurdle slowing the widespread adoption of microgrids is the cost of deployment, but the concept of … [Read more...]

Utilities: Take our microgrid survey and become eligible for a free drone

What is a utility, exactly? What does it do? The simple answer, of course, is that it sells electricity or natural gas or both. But that’s changing as utilities offer more and more value-added services for customers. They’re doing so because their customers want to capture energy resilience and sustainability. They want to lower energy … [Read more...]