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

Defense Department Continues Research into Vanadium Flow Batteries with Ameresco

The US Department of Defense has begun its second phase of research into vanadium flow batteries in partnership with Ameresco, a developer of clean energy and microgrid projects. As part of the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), the study is being done in Golden, Colorado, at the National Renewable Energy … [Read more...]

State Energy Officials, Clean Energy Businesses Urge DOE to Coordinate Resilience Efforts

State energy officials and clean energy businesses are urging the Department of Energy (DOE) to help coordinate efforts to bolster infrastructure resilience, including microgrid development. “As recent events in Texas and the Midwest have shown once again, one of the most urgent tasks in the energy sector – production, distribution and … [Read more...]

Schneider Microgrid and Energy Savings Program Could Cut Jersey City Costs by $21M

Schneider Electric is developing an energy savings program for Jersey City, New Jersey, that includes a microgrid based on an existing 1.2-MW solar array. The microgrid will provide power so that city facilities can continue operating through power outages and emergencies with a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, according to Jersey … [Read more...]

Concentric Power to Build 5-MW Microgrid for Potato Producer

Concentric Power is building a 5-MW microgrid for a Tasteful Selections, a Southern California company that grows and packages potatoes. The $12 million project combines 3.6 MW of cogeneration firm power with 120 KW of solar and a 1.25-MW/625-kWh lithium-ion battery setup. Concentric Power's microgrid controller will integrate with … [Read more...]

Old Actors Play New Roles in the Age of Extremes

Steve Hoffman, president and CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, discusses how empowered counties, frazzled citizens and businesses with a distributed workforce are emerging from the pandemic – seeking resilience. A new age We have now entered the Age of Extremes. Even before the 2020 hurricane and wildfire seasons, 87% of respondents in a … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Push Forward Grid Innovation

Schneider Electric has partnered with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) to deliver distributed energy resources to local Alberta businesses. During phase two of the polytechnic's Centre for Grid Innovation program, Schneider Electric has stepped in to supply its control and energy management platforms — EcoStruxure … [Read more...]

California’s First-of-a-Kind Microgrid for Wastewater Treatment

Mike Byrnes, senior vice president of Veolia North America and CEO of SourceOne, Veolia's energy consulting company, discusses an innovative California microgrid project bringing energy independence, greater resiliency and efficiency for Rialto’s wastewater treatment plant.  Growing numbers of climate change-linked natural disasters, such as … [Read more...]

Microgrid Market Seeing New Types of Projects, Customers Amid Ongoing Global Pandemic

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief, interviews Mark Feasel, president, smart grid, North America at Schneider Electric. In this video, Feasel discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the microgrid market, new types of projects that are being developed — and the new types of customers that are becoming interested in … [Read more...]

PG&E Gets Nod to Help Locals Build Community Microgrids in California

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) plan for helping local governments and tribes set up community microgrids to protect critical facilities when there are widespread power outages. PG&E’s Community Microgrid Enablement Program, approved March 18, grew out of the commission’s … [Read more...]

AECOM and Veolia Help Advance Wastewater Treatment Microgrid in Southern California

The city of Rialto, California, is moving ahead with plans to build a microgrid at a wastewater treatment plant with support from Veolia and AECOM. AECOM was selected to design the $8.2 million microgrid, which is expected to include a 360-kW reciprocating engine that would run on biogas, a 1.6-MW photovoltaic system and a 2.5-MWh lithium … [Read more...]