The Microgrid Knowledge North America Channel

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

A Smart Move by the Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid during COVID-19

COVID-19

With the economy in a holding pattern because of COVID-19, energy use is uncharacteristically low. A couple of weeks ago Blue Lake Rancheria began to worry that the low demand spelled trouble for its microgrid. However, the microgrid controller was thinking a step ahead of everybody. The Humboldt, California tribal facility installed the … [Read more...]

60 Minutes Segment “Incredible Exposure” for the Microgrid Movement Globally

microgrid movement

A recent segment of "60 Minutes" about the Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) work in the Bahamas was “incredible exposure” for the microgrid movement globally. “We were in the living rooms of over 9 million viewers that Sunday evening. It was incredible exposure for the Bahamas energy transition, Rocky Mountain Institute and the microgrid … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Likely to Spur More Microgrid Development 

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History tells us that disasters tend to spur new interest in microgrids. This pandemic is no exception as COVID-19 strains hospitals, data centers and food distribution and delivery systems, making power outages unthinkable. A quote in the Wall Street Journal by Peggy Noonan, being widely circulated on social media, sums up how important … [Read more...]

Less Risk, More Arbitrage Income for Microgrid Operators and Owners?

microgrid operators

Often, microgrid operators have the choice of either purchasing a fixed supply contract or playing in the market, but not both, said James McGinniss, CEO and co-founder, David Energy, a competitive retail electricity supplier. “Microgrid customers are often faced with a bad choice: They can take an indexed contract in order to capitalize on … [Read more...]

Pacific Gas & Electric Temporarily Suspends Microgrid Solicitation

PG&E

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) says it has temporarily suspended — but not canceled — a request for offers (RFO) issued in December for 20 microgrid projects. The decision came after various stakeholders expressed concern about the California utility's aggressive deadline to get the microgrids built in 2020. PG&E had hoped the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Company Uses Know-how to Provide California with Ventilators

Bloom Energy

With the US facing a potential five-fold ventilator shortage, microgrid company Bloom Energy has figured out a quick way to refurbish ventilators on behalf of the state of California. Specialists in fuel cell microgrids, the Silicon Valley company took on the task at the request of California Governor Gavin Newsom. Newsom approached Bloom … [Read more...]

Could COVID-19 Give Rise to the Home Microgrid? 

residential microgrids

The coronavirus (COVID-19) could alter who needs reliable energy — and when — and place new importance on residential microgrids. While it’s too soon to gauge energy trends after society emerges from isolatation, short-term indicators may offer clues. For one, we’re seeing what it means when a significant portion of the US population … [Read more...]

Engie EPS Cites Earnings Uncertainty from Coronavirus. Sticks to Long-term Microgrid Strategy

microgrids

Engie EPS sees microgrids and energy storage as key to its growth, but expects a short-term disruption because its manufacturing facilities are in Italy, which has been heavily hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19).  The technology division of France-based energy giant Engie issued the warning in its 2019 earnings results released March … [Read more...]

Snowstorms, Remote Locale, and Practical Jokes Can’t Stop Alaskan Microgrid

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A sudden snowstorm in a far Northwest arctic locale, sleeping in a laundromat (for no better place) and practical jokes were only some of the challenges facing Grass Valley, Calif.-based BoxPower in deploying a new solar/storage microgrid in the indigenous village of Deering in remote Northwest Alaska. The installation is the second microgrid … [Read more...]

SCE Delays Pilot Microgrids after Tight Schedule Drives up Costs 

pilot microgrids

Saying a tight schedule is driving up costs, Southern California Edison (SCE) yesterday canceled plans for pilot microgrids in 2020 and instead will re-seek them for 2021 and 2022. The utility spelled out its new microgrid plan in a filing with California Public Utilities Commission (R.19-09-009 ). The postponement came in response to … [Read more...]