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...]

A public policy vision for microgrids as a climate solution

Brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Think Microgrid, this is the first article in a series that provides a public policy vision for microgrids as a climate solution. It is excerpted from a new Think Microgrid vision paper. The decisions of policymakers today establish and design the markets of tomorrow. Technology catches up with — and … [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...]

Top 10 most read microgrid articles for 2021

Analyzing which articles attract readership offers us valuable insight into market trends. What did the 10 most read microgrid articles of 2021 tell us? A lot of newcomers are exploring the topic and strong curiosity exists about project innovation and the role of microgrids during disasters. Readers are also keeping a careful eye on policy … [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...]

Optimizing resilience in microgrids to address outages, emergencies

Efforts to optimize resilience in microgrids involve evaluating a number of factors, among them available generating resources, location of the proposed microgrid, the likelihood of outages and the status of the existing distribution system. That’s the word from two national laboratories that have separately developed tools and conducted studies to … [Read more...]

California senior community persists on microgrid

If persistence can win the day, the Oakmont Village Association, a community of seniors in a fire-prone region of Oakmont, California, may be the role model when it comes to building a community microgrid. We first reported on the group's efforts in 2020 when, frustrated with utility outages, the seniors decided to take matters into their … [Read more...]