California PUC Law Judge Proposes Trimming Microgrid Standby Charges

A key component of standby charges would be eliminated for microgrids in California that meet certain air emissions standards under a proposed decision by a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) administrative law judge. The proposal to suspend capacity reservation charges is part of the CPUC's multiphase effort to spur the … [Read more...]

Leading Microgrid Companies Launch Coalition to Encourage Pro-Microgrid Government Policy

Government policy and energy markets are inextricably intertwined in the United States. Policy and regulation drive (or hamper) growth in energy markets. At the same time, energy technologies increasingly shape climate and infrastructure planning in cities, states and the nation. For these reasons, it’s significant that a dozen leading microgrid … [Read more...]

Educating Customers About 3 Key Microgrid Benefits

What microgrid benefits incentivize customers to adopt the technology? The ability to decarbonize, achieve resiliency and lower costs top the list, according to Alex Savelli, executive director of power generation at Cummins. Cummins is especially focused on decarbonization through use of hydrogen — including in fuel cells and electrolyzers. … [Read more...]

Balancing Microgrid Goals: Can Carbon-Free Electricity Alone Guarantee the Lights Will Stay On?

Microgrids can be carbon-free or fully reliable, but generally not both — at least not yet, according to most experts on a Microgrid 2021 panel that looked at balancing microgrid goals. The debate comes as businesses and institutions are striving to reduce the risk their power could be cut off, according to Matt Roberts, panel moderator and … [Read more...]

Maryland Agency Awards $566,000 in Microgrid Grants

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) issued $566,000 in microgrid grants to eight organizations to fund feasibility studies, planning and design for projects. The funding is from the agency’s Resilient Maryland program, which aims to help eligible organizations and governmental entities set up microgrids, resiliency hubs, resilient … [Read more...]

Reliability and Sustainability: Must They be at Odds?

Can all microgrids be 100% renewable, 100% reliable and still affordable? It’s a question that dogs the microgrid industry as it strives for low carbon energy production, but also must guarantee the power will not go out in places like hospitals and water plants. Fossil fuel generators often act as backstops at critical facilities. This week … [Read more...]

California Agency Highlights Funding for Microgrid, Innovative Projects. Considers ‘VOR’ Research

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has provided $151 million in funding for grid resilience and safety research and demonstration projects, including microgrids, the agency said in an annual report on its Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) initiative. EPIC-funded microgrids, like those installed at fire stations in Fremont, … [Read more...]

Tesla Cited for Air Pollution Violations. Its Penalty? Build a Community Microgrid

Tesla has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty and build a community microgrid in a settlement reached last week with a California air quality board. The settlement covers 33 air quality notices issued by the San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District for activity at Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing facility, where it builds electric … [Read more...]

Looking to Win Support for a Microgrid? Take this Approach with the Community, Says New Research

When community members participate in renewable energy planning and financing — especially with community microgrids or community solar — they facilitate the move to renewable energy, said the co-author of a new study on shared decision making from the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis. The study, "Public Attitudes, … [Read more...]

Depot-Based Electric Vehicles Like ‘Mobile Microgrids to Support the Grid’

Electric buses, delivery trucks and other fleet vehicles are like mobile microgrids that can help balance the grid, and their depots offer huge potential to reduce peak usage through demand response programs that also yield income. That’s the goal of CPower Energy Management, a distributed energy resource (DER) aggregator that recently … [Read more...]