Utilities Balk at Los Angeles County Plan for a Regional Microgrid Agency

A proposal by the County of Los Angeles to create a regional microgrid agency has drawn the ire of California's investor-owned utilities. But the county says the utility criticism is off target.  The county last month proposed a $41 million program that includes a regional microgrid agency to serve an area that encompasses roughly half of … [Read more...]

Congressman Jimmy Panetta: Microgrids to Move to Front Line of Climate Fight

Microgrids are not just a revolution in the US, but a reality across the globe, said California Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) in the keynote speech at Microgrid California, a one-day event held yesterday in the San Francisco Bay Area and organized by Microgrid Knowledge. Panetta thanked conference participants for being on the … [Read more...]

Can This One Thing Speed Microgrid Project Development?

Microgrid developers often cite interconnection to the grid as one of the biggest challenges to getting more projects online. For example, in spring 2020, microgrid developers told the California Public Utilities Commission that they can build microgrids quickly — especially to help address shutoffs because of wildfires — but delays in … [Read more...]

Five Local Governments Leading the Way with Microgrid Innovation

Big ticket microgrid legislation in Washington, D.C., tends to grab headlines, but it is local governments in the United States that produce some of the most intriguing microgrid policy. Given that most electric power regulation happens at the local and state levels, these local programs serve as labs of experimentation in the real world of … [Read more...]

Federal Agency in Australia Opens Applications for $50M in Microgrid Funding

Petra Stock of RenewEconomy describes $50 million in microgrid funding being made available in Australia for remote projects. Regional renewable energy microgrid projects can now apply for funding as the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) launches a new $50 million program to improve the resilience and reliability of electricity … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio Sets up Microgrid Utility Division, Issues RFQ

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has set up a public utility division to manage microgrids and has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) seeking a design consultant for its ambitious plan to build multiple microgrids. The new utility divison is a first for the state of Ohio, according to the county, which is pursuing microgrids to attract … [Read more...]

Energy Access Fund to Boost Development of Off-Grid Microgrids and Minigrids

A new energy access fund has been launched in a bid to promote and support the development of microgrids and other measures across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Pacific. The Energy Access Relief Fund (EARF) is backed by a partnership of 16 governments, foundations and investors. Managed by Social Investment Managers and Advisors (SIMA), its … [Read more...]

US’ Largest County — Los Angeles — Proposes Agency to Support Microgrids in a Large Swath of California 

The County of Los Angeles last week made an eye-opening proposal — a $41 million program that includes a regional microgrid agency to serve an area that encompasses roughly half of California’s population. The county hopes to do for microgrids what a similar initiative, Southern California Regional Energy Network County (SoCalREN), did for … [Read more...]

Congressional Committee Authorizes Microgrid at Ohio Air Base

The National Defense Authorization Act, which is moving through the US House of Representatives, allocates $4.7 million to set up a military microgrid at a military-civil airport in Ohio. The House Armed Services Committee approved the $768 billion bill for fiscal year 2022 on Sept. 2, sending it to the House floor for a vote. Tucked in the … [Read more...]

What Role Do Microgrids Play in the Biden Administration’s 40% Solar Vision?

A new Department of Energy (DOE) report, which finds that solar could account for about 40% of the US electricity supply by 2035, offers a vision of the role microgrids would play on an increasingly renewable grid. “We can no longer look at solar technologies in isolation — we must look at how they interact with the full energy system,” Becca … [Read more...]