With new tax credits just a pen swipe away, what will change for microgrids?

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is now just a pen swipe away from becoming law following its approval Saturday by the US House. President Joe Biden said he expects to sign the $430 million bill into law this week, which the House approved 220 to 207 following a 51-50 approval by the Senate on Aug. 7.  By creating new tax credits and … [Read more...]

Studying microgrid feasibility in outage-prone Wisconsin

With Wisconsin customers experiencing outages more often due to high winds, winter storms and spring and summer flooding, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has completed microgrid feasibility studies that identify options for a monastery, school, wastewater treatment plant and police department. Jared Leader, director, resilience, SEPA, … [Read more...]

A less obvious way the climate bill will help microgrids

Microgrid costs are likely to fall due to the Inflation Reduction Act, but that’s only one factor that promises to drive up demand for microgrids, should the climate bill pass the House as expected. The second reason has to do with how the new law will accelerate the growth of renewable energy. Microgrids are increasingly viewed as a … [Read more...]

California urged to move faster on $200 million in microgrid incentives

With power outages becoming a routine worry for many Californians, several groups last week pushed state regulators to act quickly on microgrid incentives — which are now more than a year in the making. “This program was designed and decided in early 2021, yet parties have spent months debating the implementation details,” said the Microgrid … [Read more...]

Update: Climate bill — which could cut microgrid costs 10% to 50% — passes US Senate on Sunday

“This is a big, big deal,” said Cameron Brooks, executive director of Think Microgrid about the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), an inflation and climate bill that’s now before Congress and expected to cut microgrid costs. His comments echoed the views of numerous microgrid industry members. “Combining all the impacts, this bill will cut the … [Read more...]

Look at these microgrid funding options — and think big

A number of federal, state and military programs may provide microgrid funding options, said participants in a recently released video of a Microgrid 2022 panel, “Making Microgrids a Building Block of U.S. Infrastructure and Climate Goals.” But be aware: such funding programs — including climate action plans — don’t necessarily use the word … [Read more...]

Manchin and Schumer include microgrid tax credit in climate deal

A microgrid tax credit has made it into a long-sought climate deal reached this week by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Details of the proposal, known as the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (HR 5376), are still emerging. Staff of California Congressman Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, architect of … [Read more...]

Lima Company executive: Economic trends will drive microgrid policy change

In an interview with Microgrid Knowledge's Editor-in-Chief Elisa Wood, Jason Kaplan, vice president for energy services at Lima Company, explains how macroeconomic trends like inflation and rising energy prices will drive microgrid policy changes and present a real opportunity for the microgrid industry. https://vimeo.com/722585126 From inflation … [Read more...]

California looks for ways to make it easier to deploy demand flexibility

As debate rages about the causes of grid fragility, especially in places like Texas and California, and renewables get caught in the crossfire, a crucial solution is often ignored: demand flexibility. Instead, politically driven sides call for fewer renewables and more fossil fuels — or more renewables and less fossil fuels. Others point to … [Read more...]

The District of Columbia wants to designate certain microgrids as electric utilities

Energy regulators for the District of Columbia have taken the unusual step of proposing rules that would require certain microgrids operate as regulated electric utilities. The microgrid industry has fought such proposals for years, saying they would burden microgrids, which are smaller operations than utility companies, with a level of … [Read more...]