Going Big on Renewable Natural Gas for Microgrids

Renewable natural gas, or RNG, is emerging as a new frontier for microgrids and a way to resolve one of the industry’s core dilemmas. How can it assure the lights stay on without relying on fossil fuels?   Business models are just beginning to emerge for renewable fuel microgrids. And Texas-based Enchanted Rock is one of the companies early … [Read more...]

PG&E Sees Rise in Utility-Led Community Microgrids with Tariff Change

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) sees more opportunity for community microgrids in its service territory with the approval last month by California regulators of an update to a utility tariff. The California Public Utilities Commission expanded where microgrids that are connected to the utility’s electric distribution system can be … [Read more...]

Navigating the California Microgrid Market Town by Town

Erik Svanholm, vice president of non-wires alternatives at S&C Electric, sat down with Microgrid Knowledge’s Elisa Wood at Microgrid California to discuss the vibrant California microgrid market and some of the challenges the state faces. https://vimeo.com/618542532 California communities, utilities, regulators and legislators all have a very … [Read more...]

Where’s the Resilience? California’s Climate Strategy Found Lacking

The current draft of the California Climate Adaptation Strategy fails to mention power outages and doesn’t suggest distributed energy resources (DER) and microgrids as resilience measures, say several stakeholders. The draft aims to accelerate climate adaptation movement in the state and identify how state agency measures can fit together to … [Read more...]

Ameresco Executives Discuss Microgrid Adoption in California

Ameresco's Britta MacIntosh, senior vice president, western region and London operations, and Jacqueline DeRosa, vice president, battery energy storage systems, sat down with Microgrid Knowledge's Elisa Wood at Microgrid California to discuss some of the factors spurring microgrid adoption in California. https://vimeo.com/618552430 Dynamic … [Read more...]

What Can We Learn from Indigenous Communities about Microgrids?

In Canada, indigenous community members, developers and utilities work together to maximize the potential of microgrids to combat climate change, with indigenous communities often owning a share in the projects. The US government, policymakers and the microgrid industry could model this approach to fight climate change and strike … [Read more...]

US House Passes Microgrid Tax Credit. All Eyes on the Senate

The microgrid tax credit cleared the US House of Representatives in a Friday morning vote approving President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376). The 30% tax credit would apply to microgrid controllers for projects that begin construction before Jan. 1, 2027. It is part of a roughly $2 trillion plan that provides an array of … [Read more...]

New Studies Point to Microgrids as ‘Once in a Generation Solution’

More microgrids mean more jobs. Americans across the political divide increasingly favor microgrids. And the technology opens a pathway for policymakers to implement an all-in-one climate solution. Those are the messages from three reports released in unison today that together make a case for government action to support microgrids, … [Read more...]

What? Only Utility Microgrids?

Several parties are questioning why only utilities made the cut to build microgrids in a key recommendation before California regulators on how to meet the state’s capacity shortfall. At issue is a proposed decision by an administrative law judge scheduled to come before the California Public Utilities Commission Dec. 2. The judge last month … [Read more...]

Trends Creating Tail Winds for the Microgrid Industry

“All winds are blowing in the direction of microgrids,” said Annette Clayton, CEO of Schneider North America in an interview with Microgrid Knowledge this week. The interview followed Schneider Electric's Innovation Summit North America 2021, a Nov. 10 teleconference that focused on energy resilience and sustainability. Speakers identified … [Read more...]