The Microgrid Knowledge North America Channel

News and feature articles on microgrids in North America including RFP's, policies and players impacting the region.

Microgrid Policy: What Really Needs to be Done?

microgrid policy

Navigant's Peter Asmus provides an overview of US microgrid policy and identifies what's most needed to drive microgrid adoption. Asmus will be presenting these ideas at a special Microgrid 2019 pre-conference workshop May 13. In 2011, Connecticut was the first state to pass a law authorizing microgrids to serve community resilience. A … [Read more...]

Could the David Johnston Research + Technology Park Microgrid Be a Model?

microgrids

Many tend to think of a microgrid as an enclosed campus with generation, energy storage and a resource management system, all islandable from the grid. But that thinking is limited. Microgrids also can involve small commercial communities, as planned by Canadian company Stantec, projects that right-size distributed energy resources so that an … [Read more...]

Why It’s Hard to Create a Network of Community Microgrids in California

community microgrids

Clean Coalition is on a mission to alter transmission access charges that the organization says unfairly boost the cost of local renewable energy and community microgrids in California. Eliminating the charges for locally produced renewables would lower the cost of renewable energy and microgrids, paving the way for more of both, says Craig … [Read more...]

Schneider and Carlyle Form New Venture to Pursue Fast-Growing Energy Infrastructure and Microgrid Market

AlphaStruxure

The Carlyle Group and Schneider Electric today announced a new joint venture, AlphaStruxure, to pursue what they see as a $1 trillion underinvestment in US infrastructure and a fast-growing market for microgrids. The venture is launching with a crown-jewel project: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $13 billion JFK Airport modernization, which … [Read more...]

Should Government Create Incentives for Microgrids? Industry Leaders to Explore the Idea at Special Workshop

microgrid policy

Government support for microgrids is scant in the US -- an issue that industry leaders plan to tackle during a pre-conference workshop on microgrid policy leading up to Microgrid 2019. State and federal incentives heavily influence which energy technologies prosper. All major energy resources — from energy efficiency to fossil fuels — have … [Read more...]

The Hurricanes of the West — Wildfires — Spur More Microgrids in California

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After wildfires caused power outages in California, the tinder box state is considering more microgrids in a proceeding before state regulators. “Wildfires are now to California what Sandy was to New York,” said Rick Bolton, CEO of Compass Energy Platform, referencing the 2012 superstorm that spurred a government push for microgrids after … [Read more...]

Why Aren’t There More Multi-User Microgrids?

multi-user microgrids

When most people consider a microgrid, they think of on site generation serving a single business or an enclosed campus. But another concept is emerging called multi-user microgrids, which allows neighbors to share distributed energy resources to receive reliable electricity. Only a few such multi-user microgrids exist. But some electricity … [Read more...]

Legislation Would Give Energy Storage the Same US Tax Benefits as Solar

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If energy storage advocates have their way, storage will receive the same US tax benefits as does solar — an investment tax credit for new installations. Legislation to do just that was introduced in the House of Representatives late last week. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., would create a separate energy storage infrastructure investment tax … [Read more...]

What Will it Take to Boost Microgrid Markets to the Next Level?

microgrid markets

Moving the microgrid market is an ambitious goal that will require policy changes, technology advances and a customer-centric approach, say several microgrid industry leaders recently interviewed by Microgrid Knowledge. Overall, this challenging effort delivers big benefits, they say. “It’s an exciting time to be in this industry,” says … [Read more...]

How Massachusetts Compensates Battery Storage Owners for Energy Efficiency: Report

energy efficiency

When most people think of energy efficiency, they think of using fewer electrons. But the Clean Energy Group has an expanded definition — to shift energy usage from high peaks to low demand times. And it says that battery storage is the important new technology to allow this. The Clean Energy Group, supported by the Barr Foundation and the … [Read more...]