California Microgrid To Demonstrate that Hospitals Don’t Need Diesel Generators

Kaiser Permanente plans to demonstrate a range of energy innovations at a hospital microgrid in Ontario, California, including how to incorporate renewable energy and move away from diesel generators. The hospital microgrid also will feature a fuel cell and a demonstration virtual power plant (VPP) — with power provided from microgrids … [Read more...]

NJ Transit Withdraws Air Permit to Quash Concerns about Microgrid

NJ Transit withdrew the air permit applications for a 140-MW natural gas-fired power plant in an effort to quash concerns it would be included as part of a planned microgrid. Earlier this month, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy asked the NJ Transit’s board to withdraw the permits, saying the power plant didn’t line up with the state’s climate … [Read more...]

UK-Based Energy Cooperative Raises Financing for Solar Community Microgrids

Bristol Energy Cooperative, a UK-based community-owned energy cooperative, is in the process of raising the equivalent of $2.7 million to finance a portfolio of renewable energy projects, including solar powered community microgrids. The organization is raising funds through its seventh community share offer, with a projected 3.5% return on … [Read more...]

Army Contracts for Work on Cold Region Microgrids

A Vermont university research institute program will prototype and test cold region microgrids with funding from two US Army contracts.  The $1.12 million award given to Norwich University Applied Research Institutes will include funding for remote monitoring and cybersecurity with oversight from the Army Corps of Engineer’s Cold Regions … [Read more...]

Swell Energy Pairs with Hawaiian Electric to Create Virtual Power Plant

Hawaii's Public Utilities Commission approved a $25 million contract with Swell Energy to deliver a virtual power plant for Hawaiian Electric customers on three islands.    Swell Energy, a California-based smart grid solutions provider, will install behind-the-meter, solar-powered home batteries to approximately 6,000 residential customers … [Read more...]

A Ready-Made Microgrid at Zero Cost? Yep. A Nebraska Utility Did It

Lincoln Electric System (LES), the public power utility serving greater Lincoln, Nebraska has set up a microgrid with up to 29 MW of load to serve critical facilities. The cost? Zero. The microgrid in downtown Lincoln is based around an existing duel-fuel, 29-MW generating unit and a substation and its infrastructure, according to Scott … [Read more...]

California Approves Microgrid Tariffs as Grassroots Groups Push for More Local Control of Energy

In a decision likely to be eyed closely by other states, California regulators yesterday approved microgrid tariffs and rules to hasten the deployment and commercialization of the technology. Approval of the tariffs, as well as accompanying microgrid incentives, followed a year-long effort by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) … [Read more...]

California School District Releases Terms, Pricing on Solar Microgrid Contracts with Engie

The Santa Barbara, California, school district this week approved entering into power purchase and performance service contracts with Engie Services US for 14 solar facilities, including six solar microgrids. At a January 12 meeting, the Santa Barbara Unified School District board gave the green light to power purchase agreements (PPAs) for … [Read more...]

California Electricians Receive Training in Microgrids and Storage as Part of Climate, Equity Effort

A new training and certification program in California equips electricians with the skills needed to work with microgrids and storage, while aiming to ensure minority and disadvantaged residents benefit from the program. As part of the effort to train workers for jobs that address climate change, the California Workforce Development Board … [Read more...]

Russelectric Demonstrates EV Chargers in Microgrid and Other News from Instant On and Indian Energy

Russelectric adds EV charging stations to microgrid at headquarters The hybrid microgrid designed to power Russelectric’s Hingham Massachusetts headquarters and demonstrate new customer solutions now has two electric vehicle charging stations. These will provide additional back-up power during outages, add a new research platform, and charge … [Read more...]