No Resiliency Strategy? You’re Taking a Big Risk, Report Warns Utilities

Utilities without resilience strategies are taking a risk that jeopardizes their companies and customers, says a new report from Accenture. The report, “From Reliability to Resilience: Confronting the Challenges of Extreme Weather,” finds that most electric utility grid executives agree that extreme weather due to climate change poses … [Read more...]

Xcel Energy Reaches Settlement Agreement on $23.4M Microgrid Project in Colorado

Xcel Energy has reached a settlement agreement with consumer, regulatory, environmental and labor interests which, if approved by state regulators, allows the utility to move ahead with a $23.4 microgrid project. Now before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (Proceeding 19A-0225E), the settlement paves the way for seven microgrids that … [Read more...]

Microgrid Tariff Proposed by Hawaiian Electric Faces Industry Criticism

A microgrid tariff proposed by Hawaiian Electric (HECO) is receiving mixed reviews as the state attempts to break new ground in creating microgrid compensation. Now before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the utility proposed the tariff in the first phase of a regulatory effort to fulfill a microgrid law (Act 200) signed in July … [Read more...]

Remote Microgrid Built by Alliant Energy Cuts Utility Costs by Half

Alliant Energy has built a remote microgrid to power a Wisconsin state park as a less expensive alternative to replacing an overhead power line. The microgrid at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) site could become a model for other Alliant microgrids, according to Michael Graves, Alliant senior engineer. “We’ll monitor how … [Read more...]

Microgrid Bill that Clarifies Utility & Operator Roles Approved by Maine House

The Maine House has approved a microgrid bill that would open the state to microgrid development and clarify utility and operator roles. L.D. 13, passed by the House on a 85-54 vote in mid-March, directs the Maine Public Utilities Commission to approve microgrid proposals of up to 25 MW if they are in the public interest. The bill … [Read more...]

PG&E Negotiating to Microgrid an Existing Power Plant in Wildfire Strategy

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has rolled out a new plan to keep power flowing during the 2020 wildfire season, which includes forming a microgrid from an existing natural gas-fired plant. The California utility outlined its strategy in an April 1 filing before the California Public Utilities Commission (Rulemaking: 19-09-009). The … [Read more...]

Why You May Want to Seriously Consider a Microgrid for your Electric Vehicles

To most of the world the electric vehicle (EV) revolution simply means using a plug rather than a fuel pump to keep a car running. But in truth it will require a significant overhaul of energy systems and infrastructure, one that’s likely to get businesses and even households considering microgrids. Andy Haun, senior vice president and chief … [Read more...]

60 Minutes Segment “Incredible Exposure” for the Microgrid Movement Globally

A recent segment of "60 Minutes" about the Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) work in the Bahamas was “incredible exposure” for the microgrid movement globally. “We were in the living rooms of over 9 million viewers that Sunday evening. It was incredible exposure for the Bahamas energy transition, Rocky Mountain Institute and the microgrid … [Read more...]

Pacific Gas & Electric Temporarily Suspends Microgrid Solicitation

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) says it has temporarily suspended — but not canceled — a request for offers (RFO) issued in December for 20 microgrid projects. The decision came after various stakeholders expressed concern about the California utility's aggressive deadline to get the microgrids built in 2020. PG&E had hoped the … [Read more...]

SCE Delays Pilot Microgrids after Tight Schedule Drives up Costs 

Saying a tight schedule is driving up costs, Southern California Edison (SCE) yesterday canceled plans for pilot microgrids in 2020 and instead will re-seek them for 2021 and 2022. The utility spelled out its new microgrid plan in a filing with California Public Utilities Commission (R.19-09-009 ). The postponement came in response to … [Read more...]