Do Hawaii’s Rules Frustrate Microgrid Growth?

Hawaii has plenty of sun available for business, home and school microgrids, but deploying them can be tough due to existing policies and regulations. Frustration is running high among people who’d like to see more solar and microgrids deployed, including a homeowner, a school district and an industry group described in this article. Some of … [Read more...]

No Resiliency Strategy? You’re Taking a Big Risk, Report Warns Utilities

Utilities without resilience strategies are taking a risk that jeopardizes their companies and customers, says a new report from Accenture. The report, “From Reliability to Resilience: Confronting the Challenges of Extreme Weather,” finds that most electric utility grid executives agree that extreme weather due to climate change poses … [Read more...]

California PUC Urged to Order Clean Energy Solicitation to Reduce Wildfire Outages

The California Public Utilities Commission should require Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to issue a clean energy solicitation this summer to reduce the effects of wildfire-related power shutoffs, according to Tesla and other stakeholders who are participating in a state microgrid proceeding. The call for the solicitation is in … [Read more...]

Microgrids are Ready for Prime Time in California. What’s Slowing Progress?

Microgrids can help solve important challenges right now in California, but development has been slowed by the COVID-19 crisis, regulatory uncertainty and questions about the role of utilities, among other issues. “We’re not moving fast enough. We’re not building as many distributed energy resources (DER) and microgids as we should. We need to … [Read more...]

New Jersey Regulators Urged to Include Microgrids, Storage in Efficiency Plan

The Sierra Club is urging New Jersey regulators to include microgrids as part of the state’s strategy for supporting energy efficiency and peak demand reduction. The environmental group and others are also pushing the state to use energy storage to improve energy efficiency and peak demand cuts, according to comments filed with the New … [Read more...]

New Jersey to Devote Cap-and-Trade Revenue to Electrifying Transportation

New Jersey plans to devote about three-quarters of its revenue from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to electrifying transportation, a sector opening up opportunity for microgrids. The state this year rejoined RGGI, a 10-state cap-and-trade program for the power sector. By participating in RGGI’s quarterly greenhouse gas … [Read more...]

What’s the Ideal Way for the Microgrid Industry to Come Back from COVID-19?

Clean energy advocates are floating a range of ideas to stimluate post COVID-19 microgrid growth — from tax credits to relief funds to support for electrification of rural hospitals. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and Alliance for Rural Electrification … [Read more...]

Sustainability as a Driver for Microgrids: It’s Real

Ask almost any microgrid developer why customers choose to install microgrids and they’ll cite three main reasons: electric reliability, cost reduction and sustainability. The third, sustainability, is sometimes viewed as a bit squishy, perhaps not easy to quantify. Or as Lux Research put it in a new report released today:  The word is on … [Read more...]

Report Examines Sustainable Minigrids for Rwandan Refugee Camps

Investment in clean energy solutions — in particular minigrids — offers the potential to reduce the costs and environmental impact of humanitarian operations, according to a briefing note on Rwanda published by Imperial College London, UK. Fossil fueled systems often power humanitarian assistance work. Philip Sandwell and Javier Baranda … [Read more...]

Mining Toolkit Helps Clean Energy Industry Protect Profit, People and Planet

Clean energy’s gold rush for minerals used to manufacture electric vehicles, solar and other systems is not always sustainable and sometimes employs questionable labor practices, says a group that has released a mining toolkit to help the industry develop best practices. The Energy Resources Governance Initiative’s (ERGI) toolkit aims to … [Read more...]