Will Utility Partnerships in Minigrid Projects Help Overcome Electrification Barriers in Uganda?

In Uganda, numerous challenges stand in the way of providing reliable electricity. But a pilot minigrid project aims to help overcome the roadblocks. Most utilities are government owned and lose money. In fact, only two utilities of the 39 in sub-Saharan Africa yield a positive cash flow, and they are privately owned, said Sumaya Mahomed, … [Read more...]

Texas Again Creates a Reminder of the Value of Microgrids

Four months after Texas endured five days of blackouts, the state is again at the brink of not having enough power to meet its needs, bringing another reminder of the value microgrids can bring to customers and to the wider grid. Instead of the effects of unusually cold weather that blanketed Texas and parts of the mid-continent in February, … [Read more...]

But What About Microgrids? CNN Host Probes Officials

US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and other political leaders offered their insights into microgrids and the ongoing energy revolution last week during a virtual forum on resilience with CNN host Fareed Zakaria. While the discussion touched on several energy issues, Zakaria repeatedly questioned several of the panelists about … [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...]

Microgrid Knowledge Names Three Winners of the 2021 Microgrid Greater Good Awards

This year’s Microgrid Greater Good Award winners provide essential services to refugees in Uganda, electrify a birthing clinic in Kenya and keep food fresh and safe in South Australia. The awards were announced today at Microgrid 2021, a virtual conference hosted by Microgrid Knowledge. Microgrid Knowledge launched the award program three … [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...]

In Pro-Microgrid Move, Hawaii Becomes Second State with Microgrid Tariff

In what could be a model for other states, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved a microgrid tariff for its major utilities. The decision is the culmination of a roughly two-year process, but the PUC is already preparing for a second phase in its development of rules governing microgrids. The first phase centered on rules … [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...]

BRIC Microgrid Opportunity Grows as Biden Doubles Funding to $1 Billion

In an opportunity for microgrids and energy storage, the Biden administration has doubled to $1 billion the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program, a grant program for infrastructure resiliency. The additional funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program will allow more communities to … [Read more...]