News, articles, case studies and information on companies and organizations shaping the future of the microgrid industry.

What Isaias Laid Bare about the East Coast’s Progress — or Lack of — on Energy Resilience

Isaias’ punch to the East Coast last week in many ways resembled that of Superstorm Sandy, the storm that eight years ago launched a drive for microgrids to ward off power outages. So it naturally raises the question, When it comes to electric reliability, how far has the East Coast come since Sandy?  By the outage numbers, not far. … [Read more...]

The Possibilities for Healthcare Microgrid Business Models

In this new special report series, we explore the potential of microgrids in hospitals to prevent outages and downtime. Here we discuss microgrid business models that make it easier for healthcare facilities to move forward with projects. The growth of microgrids in recent years has brought with it advances in business models that make … [Read more...]

Vision for the Future — Microgrids as Teaching Tools and Community Partners

The final article in our special report series on university microgrids describes microgrids as teaching tools. Read on for real-world examples of how microgrids help colleges and universities manage their energy assets, while also educating the energy engineers of tomorrow and serving local communities.  The Bronzeville Microgrid: A Chicago … [Read more...]

San Diego Utility Plans to Make Borrego Springs Microgrid Entirely Renewable

San Diego Gas & Electric plans to upgrade its Borrego Springs microgrid so that it can run entirely on renewable energy. SDG&E received a $4.5 million grant from the US Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office to buy smart power inverters, controls and a state-of-the-art energy management system. The utility is … [Read more...]

Why Renewable Microgrids Now?

The simple answer, of course, is that renewables create clean energy. But it turns out the argument for renewable microgrids is evolving — a lot.  Renewables can offer better price, fuel security and reliability, especially when compared with diesel generators, according to Nathan Adams, director of technology and business development at … [Read more...]

The Importance of Microgrids for Marginalized Communities

How can microgrids help marginalized communities move forward? Schneider Electric's Don Wingate offers insight and explains steps community leaders can take now in a Q&A with Microgrid Knowledge. What makes microgrids uniquely suited to help empower marginalized communities? The core of the issue is the fact that economically … [Read more...]

Siemens to Upgrade Microgrid at University in Oman

Siemens will upgrade a university microgrid in Oman in an effort that could lead to additional microgrids in the Middle Eastern country. The revamped microgrid at the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat will improve reliability and lower costs by combining electricity from solar, wind and battery storage, according to Siemens. The … [Read more...]

California Offers New Proposal to Break Down Barriers to Microgrids

Staff at the California Public Utilities Commission released a proposal last week that calls for a new microgrid pilot program, a special tariff for microgrids, and other measures to overcome barriers to microgrid development. The proposal comes in the second phase of a commission proceeding to help commercialize microgrids. The first phase … [Read more...]

Microgrids in Hospitals Bolster Public Health

Next up in this entry from our new special report series, we review why microgrids in hospitals may be a perfect fit — especially during COVID-19.    It is hard to imagine an institution more critical to public health and safety than a hospital. Unfortunately, hospitals are also vulnerable to the wide range of threats — floods, hurricanes, … [Read more...]

Hydrogen Becomes More Viable as a Microgrid Fuel

Hydrogen is becoming more viable as a microgrid fuel source, although few hydrogen microgrids exist yet and cost remains a challenge, industry members say. One example is a housing complex in Sweden where six public buildings run on electricity and heat from a microgrid that combines solar, batteries, heat pumps, hydrogen production and storage … [Read more...]