Here comes the future: Bronzeville ‘microgrid cluster’ set to begin operating this year

Commonwealth Edison’s (ComEd) Bronzeville Community Microgrid is a much-watched project that, for the first time in the US, creates a utility microgrid cluster, in this case by linking with the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) microgrid. This means that during an outage, IIT’s microgrid and the Bronzeville microgrid can both island … [Read more...]

Want to speak at Microgrid 2022? Deadline to apply is Feb. 1

The deadline is just a few weeks away to apply to speak at Microgrid 2022: Microgrids as Climate Heroes to be held June 1-2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a city central to the vibrant microgrid markets of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Microgrid Knowledge's annual conference is the largest worldwide gathering of the microgrid … [Read more...]

The microgrid projects keep coming … Ameresco, Enchanted Rock and 127 Energy

This week brought announcements of some signature microgrid projects, most notably a microgrid that Ameresco and PEI Energy are building for Prince Edward Islands (PEI), Canada. The picturesque coastal province first announced plans for the microgrid in April 2020, describing it then as a part of a move to ease COVID-19 related financial … [Read more...]

Rural counties in California push for activation of idle microgrids as power outages mount

If a microgrid is built in California to address public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), shouldn’t it also be activated when power outages occur for other reasons?  That’s the question a group representing 38 rural counties in California is asking state regulators after being precluded from using their microgrids during multiple power outages … [Read more...]

Why fixing the electric grid is not enough

In the third article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Think Microgrid, we explore why fixing the grid alone will not ensure electric reliability or energy equity.  While there is little doubt that the grid needs to be improved, it is clear that an exclusive large-scale, centralized approach is no longer … [Read more...]

Vermont utility wants to ‘radically transform’ grid, add microgrids and create resiliency zones

Green Mountain Power (GMP), Vermont’s largest utility, plans to create new microgrids and community resilience zones as part of a plan to "radically transform" the grid that is outlined in the utility's new integrated resource plan (IRP). IRP filings are closely watched within the energy industry because they signal how utilities intend to … [Read more...]

22 intriguing microgrid projects to watch in 2022

Last year one of the most read articles on Microgrid Knowledge was “21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021,” so this year we’re offering up a new list for 2022. The microgrid industry has been busy — there was no shortage of projects to choose from. In fact, our initial list netted twice what we needed. Since it’s 2022 not 2044, … [Read more...]

The grid is not prepared for the 21st century

In the second article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Think Microgrid, we'll explore why the electric grid is not prepared for the 21st century.  Climate disaster is upon us. We are not ready. Electricity is essential to survival and prosperity in a contemporary world, but the electric grid — the … [Read more...]

California bills aim to help communities create resilience, cut emissions with microgrids and DERs

With big leaps in the use of diesel generators in California, The Climate Center and Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, want to take action with microgrids and distributed energy resources (DERs) so they are doubling down this year on winning passage of the Community Energy Resilience Act, SB 833. Use of backup generators has increased in the San … [Read more...]

New York state creates plan for green hydrogen microgrids

Gov. Kathy Hochul wants New York to become a green hydrogen hub and is counting on fuel cell microgrids to help it get there. The hydrogen plan is contained within New York's 2022 State of the State book, released Jan. 5 when Hochul delivered the annual address. “Just days after being sworn into office, we were slammed with Hurricane … [Read more...]