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

Three Reasons Why Resilient Organizations Bounce Back Faster and Higher

Tom Poteet, vice president of corporate development at Mesa Solutions, explains how electric power resilience solutions help organizations bounce back quickly in times of crisis.  “Resilience” applies to many dimensions of operation. In this article, we’re primarily talking about electric power resilience, however, the principles apply to … [Read more...]

Schools and Universities Save Money with Microgrids

A new white paper from Mesa Solutions explores how a microgrid can save schools and universities money by reducing downtime costs, energy costs and environmental costs. According to Mesa Solutions, "When it comes to why schools are a particularly good place for saving money with microgrids, it’s important to take the path of stone-cold … [Read more...]

How to Achieve Energy Resiliency with Renewable Fuels: Webinar

In an effort to meet their net zero emissions goals, many companies and large energy users are working to develop new carbon reduction strategies. This is driving demand for diversified clean energy fuel sources such as renewable diesel and other renewable fuels. So how do you navigate the transition from traditional fuel sources to a new … [Read more...]

California to Consider 4 Utility Microgrids to Help Avert Possible Capacity Shortfall

A plan by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to build four utility microgrids won an initial nod last week in a proceeding underway before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to avert a possible capacity shortfall for the next two summers. The utility microgrids were included in what California calls a “proposed … [Read more...]

In Unique Deal, California Utility Places Monetary Value on Microgrid Use to Help Avert Crises

In a move that recognizes the value of clean microgrid power to avert grid emergencies, California utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar inked a deal under which Miramar would provide generation from its microgrid during September and October 2021 to help avert emergencies. The deal, … [Read more...]

SEL Executive Discusses California Microgrid Reliability

Scott Manson, technology director at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), sat down with Microgrid Knowledge's Elisa Wood at Microgrid California to discuss why microgrids are so popular in the state and some practical ways we can prevent microgrids from suffering the same fate as the state's bulk electric power … [Read more...]

Microgrid Project Update: Wastewater Plant and Cannabis Growing Facilities

From the West Coast to the Eastern Seaboard, here is a look at three new microgrid projects underway in the United States for wastewater treatment and cannabis operations. McKinleyville Wastewater Treatment Plant  On Oct. 14, 2021, the McKinleyville Community Service District (MCSD) in Humboldt County, California, held the groundbreaking … [Read more...]

Living Lab Demystifies the Challenges of Installing and Operating Microgrids

Siemens’ living lab in Princeton, N.J., aims to demystify the challenges of installing and operating microgrids and show potential microgrid adopters the path to a carbon-neutral future. The lab's microgrid, located in the company’s US technology headquarters, has been operating for about a year and includes solar photovoltaics (PV), battery … [Read more...]

Steps to Develop Microgrids Easier, Faster and Cheaper: Oct. 27 Webinar

Microgrid developers are facing growing pains as new market demands emerge. Customer needs are shifting and projects are becoming more complex. How can they make microgrid development easier, faster and cheaper and avoid costly scope gaps? For the answers join us Oct. 27  for a live webinar hosted by Microgrid Knowledge and featuring Siemens, … [Read more...]

Why We Can’t Just Shrug Off Texas’ Extreme Winter

Microgrids and distributed energy resources (DER) can help Texas grapple with climate-induced extreme weather outlined in a new report that calls on state policymakers to better prepare for electricity disasters like February's Winter Storm Uri. Uri knocked out power to two out of three Texans and shut off water to nearly half. The Texas … [Read more...]