City/Utility Partnership Leads to Microgrid at Fire Station in Portland, Oregon

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The city of Portland, with financial support from Portland General Electric (PGE), has installed a fire station microgrid that will not only ensure power for crucial services, but also train emergency workers in use of the technology. The project, at Fire Station 1, is one of three microgrid projects by PGE, which is seeking resiliency, … [Read more...]

Private Company Wants to Buy Utility on Hawaiian Island, Build Microgrids

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Pulama Lanai is in exploratory discussions with Hawaiian Electric to buy the electric utility’s assets on the small Hawaiian island and is looking to build microgrids at the island’s two hotels as a first step toward making the island’s energy sources 100% sustainable. Privately held Pulama Lanai was created in 2012 to manage Lanai’s … [Read more...]

US Clean Future Act Includes Grants and Support for Microgrids and Energy Storage

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Lawmakers from the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week released the framework for a comprehensive clean energy bill, the Clean Future Act, that includes grants and other support for microgrids and energy storage. The bill lays out a climate plan to make the US net-zero for greenhouse gases no later than 2050 and gives states the … [Read more...]

Policy & Regulatory Shifts Opening Door for Agriculture Microgrids, More in California

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Agricultural regions don't always have robust electrical infrastructure, fast internet and other key services needed for manufacturers and large businesses to remain competitive. So operating at the grid edge has become "an increasingly risky proposition," particularly for agricultural and food processing companies in California, according to a new … [Read more...]

Microgrids Up and Running Despite Earthquake and Massive Power Outage in Puerto Rico

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With a large swath of Puerto Rico in the dark as a result of this week’s earthquake, there is some good news from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Microgrids in 10 schools are up and running. The solar plus storage microgrids were recently installed by RMI, Save the Children and Kinesis Foundation. Built in remote regions, the microgrids … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Expensive?

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Asking 'Are microgrids expensive?’ is a bit like asking what rocks cost. Are we talking about diamonds or driveway gravel? Any discussion tends to be a long one. There is no elevator pitch answer for three main reasons. First, microgrids vary dramatically in size and complexity and more importantly purpose, which creates a wide cost … [Read more...]

Frustrated with Outages, These Seniors Have Big Microgrid Plans, Even Bigger Obstacles

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Outage-weary seniors in an Oakmont, California community have encountered numerous regulatory obstacles to their ambitious microgrid plans. Residents of Oakmont Village Association, whose average age is 75, in 2019 endured five blackouts due to fires and also public safety power shut offs by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), said Ken Smith, … [Read more...]

Brooklyn Microgrid Moves Ahead with Pilot Regulatory Sandbox for Program

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LO3 Energy is moving ahead with a 12-month regulatory sandbox pilot program for its Brooklyn Microgrid project. The pilot program will allow participants in the microgrid project to trade energy attributes on LO3 Energy’s software platform. LO3 has run Brooklyn Microgrid as a test project since 2016. The project began in the Park Slope … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Names ‘Person’ of the Year and Announces Top Stories for 2019

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Microgrid Knowledge doesn’t usually choose a person of the year, as Time magazine does. But 2019 produced such a runaway winner, it seemed necessary to do so.  The winner, of course, is California.  Thanks to its green and pro-microgrid policies, California was high on the list of microgrid leaders even before this fall’s wildfire-related … [Read more...]

California’s Largest Utility Seeks 20 Microgrids to Ward off Wildfire-related Power Outages

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Racing to beat California’s next wildfire season, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is seeking companies to install microgrids near 20 substations. The microgrids will be used to keep electricity flowing when the utility shuts down power lines that could spark wildfires during windy and dry weather. California’s largest utility issued … [Read more...]