Looking to Win Support for a Microgrid? Take this Approach with the Community, Says New Research

When community members participate in renewable energy planning and financing — especially with community microgrids or community solar — they facilitate the move to renewable energy, said the co-author of a new study on shared decision making from the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis. The study, "Public Attitudes, … [Read more...]

Emera Tech, Pepco, and Housing Partnership Move Ahead on Residential Microgrid in Maryland

The Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP), Emera Technologies and Pepco are moving ahead on a residential microgrid project at a subdivision of net-zero, low-to-moderate income houses with the support of a $200,000 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). The grant will support a community solar and battery energy storage system … [Read more...]

Depot-Based Electric Vehicles Like ‘Mobile Microgrids to Support the Grid’

Electric buses, delivery trucks and other fleet vehicles are like mobile microgrids that can help balance the grid, and their depots offer huge potential to reduce peak usage through demand response programs that also yield income. That’s the goal of CPower Energy Management, a distributed energy resource (DER) aggregator that recently … [Read more...]

The Top Microgrid Misconceptions Debunked

Microgrids are too expensive, the renewable energy component is not dependable and microgrids are no better than backup generators. These are the top three microgrid misconceptions that prevent businesses from installing microgrids, say providers of the technology. In addition, customers mistakenly believe that the technology is immature and … [Read more...]

Advanced Energy Jobs on the Rebound After COVID-19 Hit

After getting slammed by COVID-19 last spring, jobs at advanced energy companies are rebounding but remain below prepandemic levels, according to Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a trade group. The report found that the segment that includes microgrids also experienced a downturn. There were 3.5 million advanced energy jobs at the end of 2019, up … [Read more...]

California PUC Rejects Challenge by Long Beach to Microgrid Decision

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has rejected an argument by Long Beach that the commission failed to achieve the state's goal of overcoming barriers to microgrid development in a January tariff decision. Through its Board of Harbor Commissioners, Long Beach challenged three aspects of the decision, which grew out of a state … [Read more...]

What FERC Order 2222-A Means for Microgrids and Energy Democracy

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 2222-A, released March 18, continues efforts by US regulators to remove barriers for aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs) in wholesale markets. And it may unlock new revenue streams for microgrids. That’s the word from Norman Bay, former chairman of FERC, who called the order … [Read more...]

US House Bill Would Give Microgrids 30% Tax Credit

A California congressman has introduced a bill into the US House of Representatives that would create a 30% microgrid tax credit. The tax credit would run through 2025 and then phase down each year to 10% by 2028 and sunset in 2029. Unlike existing federal tax credits for wind and solar, the microgrid tax credit could be taken as a direct … [Read more...]

Draft of the MICROGRID Act Introduced in the US House of Representatives

The following is language from a draft of the MICROGRID Act obtained by Microgrid Knowledge. We will provide a link to the filed bill when it is available. See Ethan Howland's article about the legislation here. A BILL   To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax credits for microgrid property.   Be it enacted by the … [Read more...]

Alaska Governor Seeks Green Bank for Microgrids, Clean Energy

Lawmakers in Alaska are working on legislation introduced by the governor that could create a green bank to provide funding for microgrids and other clean energy projects. On April 9, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced the Alaska Energy Independence Act (SB 123, HB 170) to spur sustainable energy development by issuing loans for qualified … [Read more...]