Cuyahoga County Sets March 3 Hearing Date for Plan that Calls for Multiple Microgrids

The Cuyahoga County Council on Feb. 23 took a first step toward adopting a plan for multiple microgrids in the northeast Ohio county when it referred the proposed ordinance to the “committee of the whole.” Cuyahoga County is preparing to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) for multiple microgrids in an effort to spur business … [Read more...]

Washington State Cooperative Installs First of Many Microgrids Planned for Islands

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) has set up a 500-kW solar microgrid on Decatur Island, one of several island microgrids planned for the San Juan Islands, off the north coast of Washington. “I consider this the first of many ... to help maintain our power reliability as we transition away from carbon based fuels,” Foster Hildreth, … [Read more...]

New Siemens Microgrid Plans to Provide Flexibility for Vienna’s Grid

A new microgrid at the Siemens corporate headquarters in Vienna, Austria, was officially completed in November 2020, with plans to provide balancing services to Austria's electricity transmission system operator. Under construction since 2019, the Siemens campus microgrid includes 312 kW at peak capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, … [Read more...]

Long Beach Says California Decision Fails to Remove Key Barrier to Microgrids. Calls for Rehearing

The city of Long Beach has filed a formal challenge to a recent California microgrid decision, saying that the order does not reduce the barriers to microgrid development to the extent required under state law. The city is calling for a rehearing on the January decision by the California Public Utilities Commission to create microgrid … [Read more...]

Greener Mining Microgrid from Hitachi ABB … Sony and LF Energy’s New Trading Platform…Emera and Novonix to Develop Battery Pack

Greener mining from Hitachi ABB at microgrid in Indonesia  A new Hitachi ABB microgrid system is providing greener mining operations and continuous power for off-grid mining operations at Indo Tambangraya Megah's (ITM) facility in Bontang, East Kalimantan.  The microgrid is the largest of its kind in Indonesia. It uses solar power to … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to Vote on Plan for Multiple Microgrids Feb. 23

Cuyahoga County in northeast Ohio is preparing to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) for multiple microgrids in an effort to spur business development. The initiative builds on plans to set up a $100 million microgrid district in downtown Cleveland, according to Armond Budish, a Cuyahoga County executive. The plan comes after a week of … [Read more...]

Plan Announced for 1,000 Solar, Battery and Hydrogen Microgrids in Western Australia

Sophie Vorrath, editor of One Step off the Grid, reports on a Western Australia microgrid plan expected to save the government hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure costs. Western Australia’s Labor Party has announced plans to both build and install 1,000 standalone power systems – or SAPS – including solar, battery storage and … [Read more...]

The Texas Grid is the Latest Too-Big-to-Fail Story

Blame is being assigned at warp speed for the massive power outages on the Texas grid, but the most basic danger isn’t being discussed: Big grids by their nature are prone to big failures. That’s not to say we should do away with large grids — they offer an efficient way to deliver power to many people over a dispersed geography. But as … [Read more...]

Winch Energy Lands $16 Million for African Solar Minigrids

London-based Winch Energy landed $16 million in funding, through a new financing platform, for solar minigrid projects in 49 villages in Uganda and Sierra Leone. The deal represents the largest ever minigrid financing portfolio, according to Winch, which is owned by Winch Partners, Total Eren, Al Gihaz Holding and ITOCHU Europe. The … [Read more...]

Texas on the Verge of an Energy Catastrophe: How Microgrids are Helping

The electric grid has been around for nearly 140 years, but it’s yet to overcome its biggest nemesis: the weather. Texas is showcasing that point this week as it suddenly rivals California in proving the need for microgrids. What happened in Texas and how bad is it? Very bad. Struggling to keep the grid from collapse, the grid operator … [Read more...]