Australia Issues $18.8 Million for Remote and Regional Microgrid Projects

RenewEconomy's Michael Mazengarb describes a new round of Australian microgrid funding. Twenty remote and regional microgrid projects have received a funding boost, including communities hit by the destructive bushfires, as part of a new push to boost reliability and  increase the use of renewable energy in regional Australia. A total of … [Read more...]

8 Communities Breaking New Ground with Microgrids

Not so long ago community microgrids were novel. Typically more cumbersome to build than microgrids for businesses or campuses, they were slow starters in the microgrid development race. That changed as the microgrid industry streamlined development and financing, costs dropped, and controllers and software grew in … [Read more...]

How the Microgrid Industry Has Evolved to Benefit Businesses and Homeowners

In the latest edition of the Microgrid Knowledge Executive Interview series, Mark Feasel, president of Smart Grid North America for Schneider Electric, offers insight into new changes in microgrids for businesses and homeowners. Many people aren’t aware of just how much the microgrid industry has evolved in ways that benefit users of the … [Read more...]

Hamden, Connecticut, Plans Microgrids to Help Meet Energy Goals

Hamden, Connecticut’s city council approved an energy plan that calls for building microgrids, shifting to renewable energy and slashing overall energy use. The town in south-central Connecticut intends to build its first microgrid by 2025, with another one coming five years later, to bolster its ability to handle tough weather and be more … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Presses Ahead on Microgrids

Cuyahoga County continues to move ahead with plans to create an electric utility to support microgrid development in northeast Ohio. The Cuyahoga County Council is set to review the legal issues surrounding plans to develop microgrids at a July 20 meeting, according to Mike Foley, director of the county’s sustainability department. Earlier … [Read more...]

California Regulators Waive Key Standby Charges for Eligible Microgrids

In a win for microgrid developers, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday suspended a key component of standby charges for eligible microgrids. The July 15 decision to suspend capacity reservation charges is part of the CPUC’s multiphase effort to spur the commercial development of microgrids, with the upcoming phase … [Read more...]

What Needs to be Done to Move the Microgrid Industry Forward? Q&A with SEL

Three challenges right now are electric resiliency, cybersecurity threats and a fragile grid. Scott Manson, engineering technology director for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), explains how microgrids can help in an interview with Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, as part of the Microgrid 2021 Executive Interview … [Read more...]

In Midst of Record Heat Wave, Oregon Passes Clean Energy Bill with Microgrid Provisions

In the midst of a record-breaking heat wave, wildfires and power outages, the Oregon Legislature Sunday passed a bill, HB 2021 C, that calls for 100% clean energy by 2040 as well as the inclusion of microgrids as part of community-based renewable energy projects. Oregon Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign the bill. Temperatures hit 108 … [Read more...]

California Utilities Oppose Plan to Waive Standby Fees for Microgrids

California utilities are opposing a proposal to lift a major component of standby charges for microgrids that meet certain air emissions standards, saying it would illegally shift costs from one group of customers to another. Meanwhile, microgrid advocates generally supported the proposal by a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) … [Read more...]

California PUC Orders Clean Energy Procurement, Launches DER Rulemaking

California continues blazing a trail in the US energy transition under two decisions last week, one that requires utilities to buy 11,500 MW of emissions-free power supply and a second that launches a new regulatory proceeding focused on preparing the grid for proliferating distributed energy resources (DERs), including electric vehicles. More … [Read more...]