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...]

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...]

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...]

What the US Infrastructure Deal Does for Microgrids

Last week’s passage of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill by the US House of Representatives paves the way for a range of new funding opportunities for microgrids. Pushed by President Biden, and already approved by the Senate in August, H.R. 3684 is now cleared to become law after a 228-206 vote Friday night by the House.  UPDATE! President … [Read more...]

Nigerian Rollout of Multiple Microgrids Shows Opportunity for Scale

Six new microgrids have been developed simultaneously in Nigeria as part of a rural electrification program backed by the World Bank. The projects show the considerable possibilities available from the scaling up of microgrid rollout programs. Located in Nasarawa State, the solar hybrid microgrid projects will provide clean, reliable and … [Read more...]

Biden’s New Climate Framework Retains Microgrid Tax Credit

A framework of the Build Back Better bill released by President Joe Biden this week retains a 30% tax credit for microgrid controllers. The credit was initially proposed by California Congressman Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, as part of the MICROGRID Act. The microgrid provisions are included in a larger climate framework that makes a … [Read more...]

Welcome, Stranger, to the Real Energy Revolution: Demand Flexibility and Connected Communities

If you asked folks on the street about the energy revolution, they’d probably say something about wind and solar. They'd be a bit behind the times. Renewables were the game changer a decade ago. Today’s insurgent is energy flexibility. Energy flexibility is a software-driven ability imbued within advanced distributed energy resources, such … [Read more...]

Four Scenarios in which On-Site Generation and Microgrids Make Sense

When businesses and industries — especially industries such as mines — are located more than 62 miles from grid connections and require less than 20 MW of power, on-site generation and microgrids make more sense than purchasing from the grid. That’s just one of four scenarios identified by Lux Research in a new report, The Future Role of … [Read more...]