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

New Siemens Microgrid Plans to Provide Flexibility for Vienna’s Grid

A new microgrid at the Siemens corporate headquarters in Vienna, Austria, was officially completed in November 2020, with plans to provide balancing services to Austria's electricity transmission system operator. Under construction since 2019, the Siemens campus microgrid includes 312 kW at peak capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, … [Read more...]

Long Beach Says California Decision Fails to Remove Key Barrier to Microgrids. Calls for Rehearing

The city of Long Beach has filed a formal challenge to a recent California microgrid decision, saying that the order does not reduce the barriers to microgrid development to the extent required under state law. The city is calling for a rehearing on the January decision by the California Public Utilities Commission to create microgrid … [Read more...]

Greener Mining Microgrid from Hitachi ABB … Sony and LF Energy’s New Trading Platform…Emera and Novonix to Develop Battery Pack

Greener mining from Hitachi ABB at microgrid in Indonesia  A new Hitachi ABB microgrid system is providing greener mining operations and continuous power for off-grid mining operations at Indo Tambangraya Megah's (ITM) facility in Bontang, East Kalimantan.  The microgrid is the largest of its kind in Indonesia. It uses solar power to … [Read more...]

The Texas Grid is the Latest Too-Big-to-Fail Story

Blame is being assigned at warp speed for the massive power outages on the Texas grid, but the most basic danger isn’t being discussed: Big grids by their nature are prone to big failures. That’s not to say we should do away with large grids — they offer an efficient way to deliver power to many people over a dispersed geography. But as … [Read more...]

Texas on the Verge of an Energy Catastrophe: How Microgrids are Helping

The electric grid has been around for nearly 140 years, but it’s yet to overcome its biggest nemesis: the weather. Texas is showcasing that point this week as it suddenly rivals California in proving the need for microgrids. What happened in Texas and how bad is it? Very bad. Struggling to keep the grid from collapse, the grid operator … [Read more...]

Power Engineers Sees EV, Large-Scale Fleet Charging as Growing Business Opportunity

Erik Hale, power delivery manager, business unit director at Power Engineers, describes the potential in the EV and fleet charging market and how the energy industry is moving toward a carbon-free power grid. Hale was interviewed by Lisa Cohn of Microgrid Knowledge during Microgrid 2020 Global. To start, Hale shared a bit about his firm, as well … [Read more...]

Schneider Starts Building 10-MW Microgrid at Air Base in Japan

Schneider Electric has started construction on a 10-MW microgrid project at a US Air Force base in Japan. The company is developing the project under a $403 million, 25-year energy savings performance contract that includes $167 million in implementation costs. The project at the Yokota air base near Tokyo, funded through guaranteed … [Read more...]

California Considers Lifting Microgrid Standby Charges

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will consider lifting or reducing standby charges for microgrids in the third phase of its effort to help commercialize microgrids. Standby charges — rates utilities use to cover their costs for self-generation customers — are viewed as a potential financial barrier to microgrids. Initial … [Read more...]

7 Energy Storage Questions Answered

Ben Lavoie, of Ameresco, describes what drives the battery energy storage market, why it's valuable to pair storage and distributed energy, and how close battery storage is to becoming the norm. Microgrid Knowledge (MGK): Give us the background: From your view as an energy services provider, how are organizations maximizing the benefits of … [Read more...]

GreenStruxure Teams with Energy Advisory Company…Beyond the Grid Fund Opens Call for Microgrids in Mozambique

GreenStruxure joins forces with energy advisory company on microgrids for medium-size buildings GreenStruxure, the joint venture between Schneider Electric and private equity firm Huck Capital, has formed a microgrid partnership with a Texas-based retail energy advisory service. TruEnergy will work with GreenStruxure to offer … [Read more...]