California Regulators Approve Changes to Support Microgrids as State Braces for Wildfire Season

Microgrids are getting a boost in California with an eye toward accelerating deployments in advance of the 2020 wildfire season thanks to actions voted on today by the California Public Utilities Commission. The commission ordered a number of short-term modifications that large investor-owned utilities must implement immediately: Accelerate … [Read more...]

Maryland Announces Funding for 14 Microgrid Projects

Maryland yesterday announced winners in its resilience solicitation, 14 facilities that speak to the range of operations now pursuing microgrid projects — from marginalized neighborhoods to food production operations to a marine terminal. The winners will divvy up $1.05 million provided by the Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) Resilient … [Read more...]

Do Hawaii’s Rules Frustrate Microgrid Growth?

Hawaii has plenty of sun available for business, home and school microgrids, but deploying them can be tough due to existing policies and regulations. Frustration is running high among people who’d like to see more solar and microgrids deployed, including a homeowner, a school district and an industry group described in this article. Some of … [Read more...]

Microgrid Policy: How Should the Industry Proceed in Light of Covid-19?

Energy leaders yesterday offered insight into how the microgrid industry can secure its place at the table as US policymakers attempt to move the nation toward economic recovery. The discussion took place during the opening day of the Microgrid Knowledge Virtual Conference, a three-day event that has drawn several thousand participants. “Our … [Read more...]

Among the Coronavirus Pandemic’s Many Lessons for Businesses is a Greater Need for Energy Resilience

Matt Cinadr, Veolia principal engineer, project development, walks readers through a series of business lessons from the coronavirus that highlight the importance of energy resiliency in today's climate.  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to provide businesses profound insight about how quickly their fortunes can change, and how they can be … [Read more...]

New York Revises Demand Response in Light of Coronavirus Pandemic

In a big win for the demand response industry and its customers, the New York Public Service Commission (NY-PSC) issued an emergency order calling on the state’s utilities to revise their summer demand response programs in light of the coronavirus pandemic and New York’s stay-at-home orders. Effective May 14, the order compels many of the … [Read more...]

No Resiliency Strategy? You’re Taking a Big Risk, Report Warns Utilities

Utilities without resilience strategies are taking a risk that jeopardizes their companies and customers, says a new report from Accenture. The report, “From Reliability to Resilience: Confronting the Challenges of Extreme Weather,” finds that most electric utility grid executives agree that extreme weather due to climate change poses … [Read more...]

California PUC Urged to Order Clean Energy Solicitation to Reduce Wildfire Outages

The California Public Utilities Commission should require Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to issue a clean energy solicitation this summer to reduce the effects of wildfire-related power shutoffs, according to Tesla and other stakeholders who are participating in a state microgrid proceeding. The call for the solicitation is in … [Read more...]

Sunbaked Texas Grid May Need Microgrids this Summer

Even in a pandemic, it seems the Texas electric grid can’t catch a break. The grid operator for most of the state warned this week that the summer is likely to bring record-breaking peak demand for electricity, a situation that can threaten electric reliability and jack up prices. It’s not unusual for the heavily air-conditioned state to … [Read more...]

Microgrids are Ready for Prime Time in California. What’s Slowing Progress?

Microgrids can help solve important challenges right now in California, but development has been slowed by the COVID-19 crisis, regulatory uncertainty and questions about the role of utilities, among other issues. “We’re not moving fast enough. We’re not building as many distributed energy resources (DER) and microgids as we should. We need to … [Read more...]