5 reasons why microgrids are worth it to utilities

Tom Poteet, vice president of corporate development at Mesa Solutions, outlines five key benefits utilities can unlock through the use of decentralized microgrids. After decades of pursuing “central station power” and “radial feed” distribution circuit grid design philosophies, the concept of utilities placing quasi-autonomous subsections of … [Read more...]

DERMS can provide grid resilience for utilities

A new white paper from PXiSE presents the case for distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) as the next step utilities should consider on their path toward renewables and resilience. PXiSE says that "a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) can help utilities navigate challenges and create a road map to a fully … [Read more...]

More electric vehicles mean more utility microgrids

Policy, economic and environmental issues are expected to dramatically boost demand for electric vehicles (EVs), a phenomenon that is spurring more utility microgrids. In fact, three utilities — Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Portland General Electric (PGE) and Florida Power and Light (FPL) — have plans to deploy microgrids to take … [Read more...]

Microgrids for a 21st century grid

In the fourth article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Think Microgrid, we'll demonstrate why microgrids are the 21st century solution to today’s energy problems. Microgrids are local, flexible, cost effective and clean. Microgrids are proving themselves to be the energy technology of our time. A form … [Read more...]

Rural counties in California push for activation of idle microgrids as power outages mount

If a microgrid is built in California to address public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), shouldn’t it also be activated when power outages occur for other reasons?  That’s the question a group representing 38 rural counties in California is asking state regulators after being precluded from using their microgrids during multiple power outages … [Read more...]

Vermont utility wants to ‘radically transform’ grid, add microgrids and create resiliency zones

Green Mountain Power (GMP), Vermont’s largest utility, plans to create new microgrids and community resilience zones as part of a plan to "radically transform" the grid that is outlined in the utility's new integrated resource plan (IRP). IRP filings are closely watched within the energy industry because they signal how utilities intend to … [Read more...]

22 intriguing microgrid projects to watch in 2022

Last year one of the most read articles on Microgrid Knowledge was “21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021,” so this year we’re offering up a new list for 2022. The microgrid industry has been busy — there was no shortage of projects to choose from. In fact, our initial list netted twice what we needed. Since it’s 2022 not 2044, … [Read more...]

California wraps up active year on microgrids

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) continued to craft microgrid policy in 2021 with several decisions of significance. Toward the end of the year, the commission approved San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) plan to build four microgrid projects with storage at substations in its service territory (D.21-12-004). The … [Read more...]

California senior community persists on microgrid

If persistence can win the day, the Oakmont Village Association, a community of seniors in a fire-prone region of Oakmont, California, may be the role model when it comes to building a community microgrid. We first reported on the group's efforts in 2020 when, frustrated with utility outages, the seniors decided to take matters into their … [Read more...]

Microgrid California: Welcome and Opening Remarks

In this kick off to Microgrid California, Kevin Normandeau, Elisa Wood, Ken Horne set the stage for the sold out 2021 education forum, held in Foster City, California. Kevin Normandeau, publisher of Microgrid Knowledge, shares the mission of Microgrid Knowledge and discusses the many benefits of being a member of the Microgrid Knowledge … [Read more...]