The Microgrid Knowledge North America Channel

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

Considering a Microgrid in California? Join us at Microgrid California October 5

After three successful virtual conferences, Microgrid Knowledge is now relaunching its in-person events, with the first gathering, Microgrid California, to be held in Foster City on October 5. "Microgrid California: Keeping the Power Flowing During Grid Disruption" will focus on helping those in the state’s dominant industries — such as … [Read more...]

Chick-fil-A Restaurants to Install Test Microgrids ahead of Possible National Rollout

Ahead of a possible national rollout, SolMicroGrid, an energy-as-a-service microgrid company, is setting up microgrids at three Chick-fil-A restaurants in California. Restaurants in San Diego, Santa Rosa and Stockton will beta-test the SolMicroGrid system designed for 5,000-square-foot buildings, according to the company, which is backed by … [Read more...]

Think Microgrid Founding Member to Speak at US Congressional Briefing June 25

Patrick Lee, CEO of PXISE and a founding member of Think Microgrid, will be among the panelists speaking at a US Congressional briefing on microgrids Friday, June 25. To be held by the International Conservation Caucus Foundation, the briefing also will feature Aram Zamgochian, director of strategic partnerships at ESS Tech, and Katie Jereza … [Read more...]

Florida PSC Approves Neighborhood Microgrid to be Owned and Operated by a Utility

The Florida Public Service Commission approved a four-year neighborhood microgrid program proposed by Tampa Electric (TECO) that includes battery storage and solar photovoltaic equipment at customer homes. TECO will install Emera Technologies’ plug-and-play neighborhood microgrid system called BlockEnergy. The system is designed to be owned … [Read more...]

Texas Again Creates a Reminder of the Value of Microgrids

Four months after Texas endured five days of blackouts, the state is again at the brink of not having enough power to meet its needs, bringing another reminder of the value microgrids can bring to customers and to the wider grid. Instead of the effects of unusually cold weather that blanketed Texas and parts of the mid-continent in February, … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric, Citizens Energy Form Alliance for Microgrid, Renewable Projects

Schneider Electric and Citizens Energy, a nonprofit company, formed a partnership to bring renewable energy and microgrids to communities in the Northeast, with plans to expand project development across the country. One of the most active companies in microgrids, Schneider will support Citizens Energy’s existing storage and microgrid … [Read more...]

But What About Microgrids? CNN Host Probes Officials

US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and other political leaders offered their insights into microgrids and the ongoing energy revolution last week during a virtual forum on resilience with CNN host Fareed Zakaria. While the discussion touched on several energy issues, Zakaria repeatedly questioned several of the panelists about … [Read more...]

SimpliPhi Initiative Supports Clean Energy Projects in Haiti, Myanmar

An orphanage in Haiti and a Covid response center in Myanmar will receive energy storage systems through a SimpliPhi Power donation program that aims to provide clean energy to communities in need. The donations are through “IDEA: a campaign to Deliver Energy Access,” an initiative SimpliPhi Power started in January with several … [Read more...]

California PUC Law Judge Proposes Trimming Microgrid Standby Charges

A key component of standby charges would be eliminated for microgrids in California that meet certain air emissions standards under a proposed decision by a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) administrative law judge. The proposal to suspend capacity reservation charges is part of the CPUC's multiphase effort to spur the … [Read more...]

PG&E Turns to 3 Kinds of Microgrids to Avert Wildfire Power Shutoffs

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)  has launched a multifaceted microgrid strategy to keep power flowing to customers when conventional electrical equipment becomes a wildfire threat. As part of its wildfire safety plan, the utility is pursuing three kinds of microgrids to help avert public safety power shutoffs (PSPS): Remote, … [Read more...]