Vehicle-to-Grid Programs Give Rise to Mobile Microgrids

In recent years, a few utilities have begun testing vehicle-to-grid (V2G) projects to determine whether electric vehicles (EVs) or EV fleets can support the grid when it’s stressed — making the vehicles into mobile microgrids. The idea is that EVs can serve as mobile microgrids available to help supply power to the grid or reduce power … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio Sets up Microgrid Utility Division, Issues RFQ

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has set up a public utility division to manage microgrids and has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) seeking a design consultant for its ambitious plan to build multiple microgrids. The new utility divison is a first for the state of Ohio, according to the county, which is pursuing microgrids to attract … [Read more...]

Load Flexibility: The New Grid Zeitgeist

Use of flexible distributed energy resources (DERs) and flexible load is growing in sophistication with the rise of microgrids, virtual power plants and energy storage. What new breakthroughs have we seen and what’s ahead? In this video, you'll learn about a study recently completed by Brattle Group around the national potential for load … [Read more...]

Pandemic Created Slowdown but Didn’t Stop Completion of Snohomish County PUD’s Microgrid 

Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD), the second largest public utility in Washington state, started construction on its long-planned airport microgrid in Arlington, Washington, just a few weeks before the first case of COVID-19 in the US was identified. The airport is just a few miles from the PUD’s Everett, Washington, headquarters, … [Read more...]

AI and Predictive Grid Modeling: Tools for the Dynamic Management of Complex Grids

A new white paper from Veritone describes how utilities can leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive grid modeling to dynamically manage complex grids, while helping them prepare for the growing challenges that will be involved in maintaining day-to-day reliability. Electric power systems are becoming more complex as distribution … [Read more...]

How to Finance a Microgrid Project in a Post Covid-19 Economy

As we all know, we're seeing impacts from Covid-19 on the microgrid industry, especially with monetizing the investment tax credit, processing current and emerging rebates and incentives, and the physical limitations on qualifying and constructing projects - projects which are growing more and more complex. Microgrid financing must evolve in order … [Read more...]

Navigating Dual Disasters: What are the Next Steps for California as it Emerges Out of Covid-19 and into Wildfire Season?

Before Covid-19, California was emerging as one of the world’s largest microgrid markets, with the prospects of adding the largest capacity of any jurisdiction in the world in 2020. That reality is now in jeopardy for a variety of reasons. What steps must policymakers, regulators, utilities and the microgrid industry take to ensure the state stays … [Read more...]

What Are the Best Locations for Microgrids? Hawaii Is Mapping Them.

In an effort to spur microgrid development, Hawaiian Electric is working with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and other partners to develop a microgrid map that pinpoints areas across its service territory that are ideal for the technology. Project developers can use the map to contact potential microgrid participants and work with … [Read more...]

California Utility Tests Linear Generator to Reduce Diesel Use at Napa County Microgrid

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is deploying a 240-kW linear generator at a distribution system microgrid to see if the emerging technology can be used to reduce the use of diesel generators during emergencies or public safety power shutoffs (PSPS). Using an energy-as-a-sevice model, NextEra Energy Resources installed the linear … [Read more...]

Washington State Provides Funds for Nine Microgrids

Washington State announced $3.9 million in grants from the state’s Clean Energy Fund on Aug. 25, to design and build 18 electric grid modernization projects, including microgrids. Nine of the projects include microgrids and all help Washington’s utilities move the state closer to its 2045 goal of having 100% of its electricity supply free of … [Read more...]