The Microgrid Knowledge North America Channel

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

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, that will include 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 … [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...]

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 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...]

Why the Luxury Home Market is Primed for Microgrids

When CleanSpark began talking to owners of luxury homes in California, it pitched microgrids as it usually did with economics as a key part of the discussion. But the company soon found that these microgrid customers, unlike most others, weren’t keenly interested in return on investment. “These are people that don't care about payback; … [Read more...]

California Tribe Explores What Some See as the Future: Networked Microgrids

Not just anyone can develop networked microgrids. The problem? It requires ownership of the land on which all of the networked microgrids will be located, according to Tim McDuffie, senior business development engineer for Smarter Grid Solutions. His company has proposed networked microgrids for the Hoopa Valley Tribe, located in Hoopa, … [Read more...]