The microgrid projects keep coming … Ameresco, Enchanted Rock and 127 Energy

This week brought announcements of some signature microgrid projects, most notably a microgrid that Ameresco and PEI Energy are building for Prince Edward Islands (PEI), Canada. The picturesque coastal province first announced plans for the microgrid in April 2020, describing it then as a part of a move to ease COVID-19 related financial … [Read more...]

Rural counties in California push for activation of idle microgrids as power outages mount

If a microgrid is built in California to address public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), shouldn’t it also be activated when power outages occur for other reasons?  That’s the question a group representing 38 rural counties in California is asking state regulators after being precluded from using their microgrids during multiple power outages … [Read more...]

Why fixing the electric grid is not enough

In the third article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Think Microgrid, we explore why fixing the grid alone will not ensure electric reliability or energy equity.  While there is little doubt that the grid needs to be improved, it is clear that an exclusive large-scale, centralized approach is no longer … [Read more...]

Vermont utility wants to ‘radically transform’ grid, add microgrids and create resiliency zones

Green Mountain Power (GMP), Vermont’s largest utility, plans to create new microgrids and community resilience zones as part of a plan to "radically transform" the grid that is outlined in the utility's new integrated resource plan (IRP). IRP filings are closely watched within the energy industry because they signal how utilities intend to … [Read more...]

California bills aim to help communities create resilience, cut emissions with microgrids and DERs

With big leaps in the use of diesel generators in California, The Climate Center and Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, want to take action with microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) so they are doubling down this year on winning passage of the Community Energy Resilience Act, SB 833. Use of backup generators has increased in the San … [Read more...]

New York state creates plan for green hydrogen microgrids

Gov. Kathy Hochul wants New York to become a green hydrogen hub and is counting on fuel cell microgrids to help it get there. The hydrogen plan is contained within New York's 2022 State of the State book, released Jan. 5 when Hochul delivered the annual address. “Just days after being sworn into office, we were slammed with Hurricane … [Read more...]

California wraps up active year on microgrids

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) continued to craft microgrid policy in 2021 with several decisions of significance. Toward the end of the year, the commission approved San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) plan to build four microgrid projects with storage at substations in its service territory (D.21-12-004). The … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge names Congressman Jimmy Panetta as ‘Microgrid Person of the Year 2021’

Microgrid Knowledge began choosing a person of the year in 2019, but we have yet to name an individual, instead making the award conceptual rather than personal, a convention Time magazine sometimes uses. Last year, for example, we chose the home microgrid and before that we selected the state of California. This year is different because … [Read more...]

Bad news. Santa’s bringing coal this year. How do we change the story?

Bad news. Santa is bringing coal this year. Lots of it. The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects coal-fired generation to reach a new worldwide record high by the end of 2021. This, of course, is the opposite of what supporters of microgrids want to see. The goal is a cleaner, not dirtier, electric system. So how did we get here? IEA … [Read more...]

California opens proceeding on multiproperty microgrids, value of resilience

California is topping off the year by opening its next effort to advance microgrids, part of a far-reaching proceeding underway since 2019 that will now delve into multiproperty microgrids, the value of resilience and community microgrid incentives. Designated as Track 4 (phase 2) and Track 5 of the microgrid docket, the undertaking is … [Read more...]