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

Siemens Creates Living Lab in Princeton, NJ to Demonstrate Microgrids

Siemens, one of the largest companies in the microgrid arena, has created a living lab at its US technology headquarters in Princeton, N.J. to demonstrate how similar facilities can use microgrids. The microgrid includes solar photovoltaics, battery storage, electrical power infrastructure, building management systems and microgrid control … [Read more...]

Rolls-Royce to Expand Battery Production Capacity to Meet Demand for Microgrids

A Rolls-Royce business unit is increasing its capacity for producing containerized battery packs in response to growing demand for microgrids. The plan to expand capacity will see three former Siemens factory halls rebuilt which will allow the fitting of battery modules to several 40-ft containers simultaneously, as well as subsequent … [Read more...]

How Government Support Can Work Against Microgrids

Distributed energy resources make up the bulk of any microgrid. So incentives for DERs will mean more microgrids, right? Not necessarily, says Peter Asmus, research director at Guidehouse, who explains his new research on DERs in microgrids. As a bonus, Asmus also offers insight into Covid-19's impact on the microgrid market in this interview with … [Read more...]

How Microgrids can Increase Resiliency for Data Centers

COVID-19 has forced many people to work from home, making resiliency of energy supplies for data centers more important than ever. Derek Tugwell, vice president of data centers at PowerSecure, discusses how microgrids can help. What impact has COVID-19 had on data centers? Derek Tugwell: Cloud services are being used at a much higher level. … [Read more...]

California Microgrids Flex Their Skills During Blackouts

California microgrids stepped up during the mid-August rolling blackouts, delivering flexible load and providing backup electricity, as extreme heat left the state short on power. Stone Edge Farm’s microgrid and three microgrids operated by Bloom Energy were among those that provided resiliency for their owners and community members on August … [Read more...]

California Utilities Expect No More than 30% Reduction in Wildfire-related Power Shutoffs

California’s largest utilities were called before state regulators last week to discuss their plans “to reduce the use, scope, and impact” of public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), the problematic practice of de-energizing power lines to minimize the risk of sparking wildfires. Though their individual territories dictate some customization, … [Read more...]

Mission to Care — Examples of Microgrids and Fuel Cells in Action at Hospitals

We complete our new special report series on energy opportunities in healthcare with examples of hospital microgrids that use fuel cells to lower costs, improve sustainability, and increase energy reliability. Hospitals must be built to provide a unique combination of durability and human service. They have to be rugged enough to run 24/7/365 … [Read more...]

On Cue, Blackouts Roll Across California after Google and Others Press for More Microgrids

As if to underscore the point, power blackouts rolled across California late last week right after dozens of  stakeholders urged state regulators to push harder to get more microgrids built. Hundreds of thousands of Californians lost power Friday and Saturday night when electric demand exceeded supply because of extreme heat. Utilities imposed … [Read more...]

Pepco Considers Non-Wires Alternatives, Issues RFI

Pepco is seeking information on possible non-wires alternatives, such as distributed energy resources, to meet a looming constraint on its distribution system in Washington, DC. The request for information (RFI) grew out of the PowerPath DC grid modernization effort launched by the district’s utility commission in January. PowerPath DC … [Read more...]

Local Governments Want Communities — not Utilities — to Control Microgrids in California

A coalition representing 14 cities and 23 counties in California this week urged state regulators to give communities a chance to control community microgrid pilots and not restrict them to utilities. The Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LG) said the state’s current “top down” approach — which puts utilities in charge of … [Read more...]