With new tax credits just a pen swipe away, what will change for microgrids?

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is now just a pen swipe away from becoming law following its approval Saturday by the US House. President Joe Biden said he expects to sign the $430 million bill into law this week, which the House approved 220 to 207 following a 51-50 approval by the Senate on Aug. 7.  By creating new tax credits and … [Read more...]

Studying microgrid feasibility in outage-prone Wisconsin

With Wisconsin customers experiencing outages more often due to high winds, winter storms and spring and summer flooding, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has completed microgrid feasibility studies that identify options for a monastery, school, wastewater treatment plant and police department. Jared Leader, director, resilience, SEPA, … [Read more...]

A less obvious way the climate bill will help microgrids

Microgrid costs are likely to fall due to the Inflation Reduction Act, but that’s only one factor that promises to drive up demand for microgrids, should the climate bill pass the House as expected. The second reason has to do with how the new law will accelerate the growth of renewable energy. Microgrids are increasingly viewed as a … [Read more...]

Update: Climate bill — which could cut microgrid costs 10% to 50% — passes US Senate on Sunday

“This is a big, big deal,” said Cameron Brooks, executive director of Think Microgrid about the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), an inflation and climate bill that’s now before Congress and expected to cut microgrid costs. His comments echoed the views of numerous microgrid industry members. “Combining all the impacts, this bill will cut the … [Read more...]

Manchin and Schumer include microgrid tax credit in climate deal

A microgrid tax credit has made it into a long-sought climate deal reached this week by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. Details of the proposal, known as the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (HR 5376), are still emerging. Staff of California Congressman Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, architect of … [Read more...]

California looks for ways to make it easier to deploy demand flexibility

As debate rages about the causes of grid fragility, especially in places like Texas and California, and renewables get caught in the crossfire, a crucial solution is often ignored: demand flexibility. Instead, politically driven sides call for fewer renewables and more fossil fuels — or more renewables and less fossil fuels. Others point to … [Read more...]

Disasters and outages wake homeowners to the benefits of home microgrids

The Silvies Valley Ranch, a rural, eco-friendly luxury resort in eastern Oregon that has home microgrids, is slowly moving forward. It is one of several projects throughout the US responding to growing demand from US homeowners seeking residential microgrids for resilience and sustainability. Either planned or already in place at Silvies … [Read more...]

Ammonia joins hydrogen and biogas as a clean fuel in microgrids and ‘linear generators’

More and more alternative clean fuels are cropping up in microgrids to replace fossil fuel backup and boost resilience. For example, instead of adding fossil fuels to solar and storage — a common backup strategy — Sesame Solar added green hydrogen to the company’s mobile nanogrids. This is hydrogen produced using renewable energy. And … [Read more...]

Members of Congress urge the DOE to use infrastructure funds for microgrids

The Department of Energy (DOE) received a nudge last week from two members of Congress — Reps. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., and Andrew Garbarino, R-N.Y. — to remember microgrids when allocating infrastructure funds. In a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, the congressmen cited Section 40101 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs … [Read more...]

Enchanted Rock’s reciprocating engine secures CARB DG certification

Texas-based microgrid developer Enchanted Rock said its reciprocating engine has become the first such engine to meet the strict emissions standards under the California Air Resources Board Distributed Generation (CARB DG) certification. Most CARB DG certified technologies are microturbines and fuel cells, while Enchanted Rock's application … [Read more...]