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

California Regulators Waive Key Standby Charges for Eligible Microgrids

In a win for microgrid developers, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday suspended a key component of standby charges for eligible microgrids. The July 15 decision to suspend capacity reservation charges is part of the CPUC’s multiphase effort to spur the commercial development of microgrids, with the upcoming phase … [Read more...]

Delivering on the Promise of Microgrids: A Guide for Microgrid Developers

In a new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Siemens, we provide a guide to help microgrid developers avoid the pain points that can wreck the financial and operational assumptions for a project. This first article explores why delivering on the promise of microgrids is a challenge. Microgrids continue to gain … [Read more...]

What Needs to be Done to Move the Microgrid Industry Forward? Q&A with SEL

Three challenges right now are electric resiliency, cybersecurity threats and a fragile grid. Scott Manson, engineering technology director for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), explains how microgrids can help in an interview with Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, as part of the Microgrid 2021 Executive Interview … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Forms Strategic Partnership with Footprint Project

Footprint Project, a small, rapid-response disaster relief operation, recently got a big boost with multinational giant Schneider Electric coming on as a strategic partner to support the organization’s microgrid efforts. The two pro-microgrid operations plan to act as strategic partners to help when calamities leave communities desperate for … [Read more...]

Microgrid Procurement: How to Select the Right Partners from an Alphabet Soup of Vendors

Scott Kessler, Siemens’ head of microgrid strategy and sales, explains the pitfalls of inadvertently building a microgrid with incompatible components and how microgrid developers can beware. Critics of Apple often cite as a significant drawback the fact that the computer and consumer electronics giant’s products don’t play nicely with other … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Resources for Your Microgrid

What must you consider in choosing the right resources for your microgrid? What role might renewable energy, fossil fuels, fuel cells, energy storage and electric vehicles play? What is the upside and downside of each? Microgrid Knowledge asked experts at Microgrid 2021 to weigh in on these questions in a series of interviews. Below Ethan … [Read more...]

Ameresco Awards Hannah Solar Government Services Contract to Install Fort Hunter Liggett Microgrid

Microgrid developer Ameresco has awarded Hannah Solar Government Services the contract to install a $21.6 million military microgrid at the US Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett in Jolon, California. After breaking ground on the project in late May, Ameresco is accelerating the development of the microgrid designed to improve electrical … [Read more...]

California Utilities Oppose Plan to Waive Standby Fees for Microgrids

California utilities are opposing a proposal to lift a major component of standby charges for microgrids that meet certain air emissions standards, saying it would illegally shift costs from one group of customers to another. Meanwhile, microgrid advocates generally supported the proposal by a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) … [Read more...]

Verdant Microgrid Partners with ClearGen and Blackstone in $150 Million Financing Agreement

Clean energy developer Verdant Microgrid has finalized an exclusive $150 million financing agreement with ClearGen, a Blackstone Credit portfolio company. Founded in 2018, Verdant Microgrid is a US energy company that designs, builds and operates distributed generation projects for commercial and industrial customers. Verdant’s project … [Read more...]

Maryland RFI Seeks Microgrid Information to Help Electrify Bus Fleet

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has issued a request for information (RFI) for firms that can plan, provide, operate, and maintain facilities for bus electrification, and it is considering incorporating microgrids into the project. The due date for responding is July 21. The RFI (RFI-21-064-EQ) issued June 23 by the … [Read more...]