Hamden, Connecticut, Plans Microgrids to Help Meet Energy Goals

Hamden, Connecticut’s city council approved an energy plan that calls for building microgrids, shifting to renewable energy and slashing overall energy use. The town in south-central Connecticut intends to build its first microgrid by 2025, with another one coming five years later, to bolster its ability to handle tough weather and be more … [Read more...]

Bloom Energy Sues Santa Clara Again for Blocking Fuel Cells

Santa Clara, California, is effectively banning fuel cells to protect its municipal utility from competition, according to a suit filed by Bloom Energy, a fuel cell company. “The city has refused to process the pending applications by deeming them incomplete and demanding that Bloom instead pursue discretionary use permits as required for … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Presses Ahead on Microgrids

Cuyahoga County continues to move ahead with plans to create an electric utility to support microgrid development in northeast Ohio. The Cuyahoga County Council is set to review the legal issues surrounding plans to develop microgrids at a July 20 meeting, according to Mike Foley, director of the county’s sustainability department. Earlier … [Read more...]

In Midst of Record Heat Wave, Oregon Passes Clean Energy Bill with Microgrid Provisions

In the midst of a record-breaking heat wave, wildfires and power outages, the Oregon Legislature Sunday passed a bill, HB 2021 C, that calls for 100% clean energy by 2040 as well as the inclusion of microgrids as part of community-based renewable energy projects. Oregon Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign the bill. Temperatures hit 108 … [Read more...]

California Utilities Oppose Plan to Waive Standby Fees for Microgrids

California utilities are opposing a proposal to lift a major component of standby charges for microgrids that meet certain air emissions standards, saying it would illegally shift costs from one group of customers to another. Meanwhile, microgrid advocates generally supported the proposal by a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) … [Read more...]

California PUC Orders Clean Energy Procurement, Launches DER Rulemaking

California continues blazing a trail in the US energy transition under two decisions last week, one that requires utilities to buy 11,500 MW of emissions-free power supply and a second that launches a new regulatory proceeding focused on preparing the grid for proliferating distributed energy resources (DERs), including electric vehicles. More … [Read more...]

As Extreme Heat Overwhelms the Northwest, Congressional Briefing Looks to Microgrids

With a heat dome bringing record setting high temperatures to the Pacific Northwest, US Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., said microgrids are one of the solutions for dealing with extreme weather, during a Congressional briefing. “It's a cleaner alternative to the default backup generators that many people have right now,” Panetta said June 25 … [Read more...]

Think Microgrid Founding Member to Speak at US Congressional Briefing June 25

Patrick Lee, CEO of PXISE and a founding member of Think Microgrid, will be among the panelists speaking at a US Congressional briefing on microgrids Friday, June 25. To be held by the International Conservation Caucus Foundation, the briefing also will feature Aram Zamgochian, director of strategic partnerships at ESS Tech, and Katie Jereza … [Read more...]

Will Utility Partnerships in Minigrid Projects Help Overcome Electrification Barriers in Uganda?

In Uganda, numerous challenges stand in the way of providing reliable electricity. But a pilot minigrid project aims to help overcome the roadblocks. Most utilities are government owned and lose money. In fact, only two utilities of the 39 in sub-Saharan Africa yield a positive cash flow, and they are privately owned, said Sumaya Mahomed, … [Read more...]

But What About Microgrids? CNN Host Probes Officials

US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and other political leaders offered their insights into microgrids and the ongoing energy revolution last week during a virtual forum on resilience with CNN host Fareed Zakaria. While the discussion touched on several energy issues, Zakaria repeatedly questioned several of the panelists about … [Read more...]