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

What FERC Order 2222-A Means for Microgrids and Energy Democracy

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 2222-A, released March 18, continues efforts by US regulators to remove barriers for aggregated distributed energy resources (DERs) in wholesale markets. And it may unlock new revenue streams for microgrids. That’s the word from Norman Bay, former chairman of FERC, who called the order … [Read more...]

US House Bill Would Give Microgrids 30% Tax Credit

A California congressman has introduced a bill into the US House of Representatives that would create a 30% microgrid tax credit. The tax credit would run through 2025 and then phase down each year to 10% by 2028 and sunset in 2029. Unlike existing federal tax credits for wind and solar, the microgrid tax credit could be taken as a direct … [Read more...]

Alaska Governor Seeks Green Bank for Microgrids, Clean Energy

Lawmakers in Alaska are working on legislation introduced by the governor that could create a green bank to provide funding for microgrids and other clean energy projects. On April 9, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced the Alaska Energy Independence Act (SB 123, HB 170) to spur sustainable energy development by issuing loans for qualified … [Read more...]

PG&E Launches Community Microgrid Program

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has launched a community microgrid program that aims to help California communities design and build multicustomer microgrids serving critical facilities and vulnerable groups. The Community Microgrid Enablement Program offers technical and financial support for qualifying projects in areas with the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Completed at Feather River Health Care Facility in Paradise, CA

ENGIE North America and Adventist Health have completed a microgrid at the Feather River Health Center in Paradise, California, one of a growing number of health care microgrids in the state. The microgrid includes 1 MWh of energy storage and 425 kW of installed solar power capacity. Designed for independent operation, the microgrid will … [Read more...]

California Pays DERs Too Little in Attempt to Curb Blackouts

A decision from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that aims to reduce the potential for blackouts because of hot weather this summer falls short for distributed energy resources (DERs) in California, industry members said. The ruling, "Decision Directing Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company … [Read more...]

Defense Department Continues Research into Vanadium Flow Batteries with Ameresco

The US Department of Defense has begun its second phase of research into vanadium flow batteries in partnership with Ameresco, a developer of clean energy and microgrid projects. As part of the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), the study is being done in Golden, Colorado, at the National Renewable Energy … [Read more...]

PG&E Power Outages Could Jump under Judge’s Proposal. But is PSPS Even Needed?

A federal judge is considering requiring California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to change its criteria for instituting public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) in a way that is expected to sharply increase the number of planned power outages across the utility’s service territory. California’s investor-owned utilities cut off … [Read more...]

Houston Considers Microgrids After Winter Outages

In the wake of the devastation Texas experienced during Winter Storm Uri, the city of Houston is considering setting up microgrids for critical infrastructure such as water treatment facilities. The mid-February storm brought frigid temperatures to Texas, freezing power plants and natural gas equipment while electricity use soared. The … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Fare in the Biden Infrastructure Plan

With weather and climate-related disasters rising, President Joe Biden wants to bolster infrastructure resilience by spending billions on energy storage, renewable energy and electric vehicles — all components of microgrids. Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan calls for spending $2.3 trillion over eight years as well as extending clean … [Read more...]