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...]

PG&E Turns to 3 Kinds of Microgrids to Avert Wildfire Power Shutoffs

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)  has launched a multifaceted microgrid strategy to keep power flowing to customers when conventional electrical equipment becomes a wildfire threat. As part of its wildfire safety plan, the utility is pursuing three kinds of microgrids to help avert public safety power shutoffs (PSPS): Remote, … [Read more...]

SIMA Commits $1 Million to Renewvia Energy for Solar Microgrid Development in Rural Kenya

The impact financing group Social Investment Managers and Advisors (SIMA) has committed $1 million in funding to the global solar developer Renewvia Energy to bring more solar microgrids to rural Kenya. With the new funding, Renewvia Energy plans to provide over 7,500 new East African individuals and local businesses with renewable … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Will Change the Way Electricity Is Made, Delivered and Used

Microgrids — managed by sophisticated software — are part of a shift toward on-site power production, driven by businesses and organizations that want to control their own energy destiny, according to a group of panelists at the Microgrid 2021 conference. Growth in microgrids comes as customers increasingly look for solutions to various … [Read more...]

UC Berkeley Seeks Help as It Pursues Microgrid Project

The University of California, Berkeley, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a financial consultant to help the university set up a renewable energy microgrid covering its campus. After studying the issue for several years, the university late last year narrowed its options for replacing its aging natural gas-fired combined heat and … [Read more...]

Scale Microgrid Solutions Acquires Microgrid in Bridgeport, Connecticut

As part of its growth strategy, Scale Microgrid Solutions has acquired a microgrid that serves three key municipal facilities in Bridgeport, Connecticut. “Scale is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire and optimize distributed energy resources, including those currently in commercial operations or in late-stage development,” … [Read more...]

Report Finds Interest in Microgrids and DERs among Utilities’ Industrial Customers

Utilities are finding that their industrial customers want to deploy microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) and are seeking their help, according to research by the consulting firm Deloitte. Their interest is driven by the desire to cut costs, achieve resilience and meet sustainability goals, said Marlene Motyka, US and global … [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...]

How to Bring Microgrids to Areas Without Electricity

The challenges of bringing microgrids to the more than 800 million people who lack electricity include costs, technology and financing, according to panelists at a Microgrid 2021 session on "New Strategies to Hasten Microgrid Adoption in Remote Regions." But one of the underlying keys to success is understanding the needs of the communities the … [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...]