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 Water District Expects to Save $73M with Microgrid

Microgrid controllers, natural gas gensets, solar and storage are expected to save $73 million when combined into a new clean-powered energy system at California’s Yucaipa Valley Regional Water Filtration Facility and the Wochholz Regional Water Recycling Facility.   The Yucaipa Valley Water District (YVWD) board of directors approved a … [Read more...]

Yotta Secures Funding for Microgrid-Ready System that Slips Batteries Under Rooftop Solar Panels

Yotta Energy has secured $13 million to scale the building-as-a-power-plant concept with a microgrid-ready system that tucks a briefcase size battery under rooftop solar panels.  The Austin, Texas-based energy storage company is pitching its product as a way to overcome the problem of finding space for batteries in commercial buildings. … [Read more...]

Alliant Energy to Build Its First Community Microgrid in Wisconsin

Alliant Energy, a utility based in Madison, Wisconsin, has announced the development of its first community microgrid project. Expected to be complete in the spring of 2022, the microgrid will serve the Village of Boaz in Richland County, a small community that experienced 10 outages between 2017 and 2019. After weighing the option of … [Read more...]

Resilient Palisades Issues Solicitation in First Phase of Pali Microgrid

Resilient Palisades (RP), a nonprofit group, has issued a solicitation for solar and battery system contractors as part of Phase I of Pali Microgrid, a community microgrid it is planning in Pacific Palisades, California. The Pali Microgrid is expected to be one of the first community microgrids in the US installed in an established … [Read more...]

Biden’s New Climate Framework Retains Microgrid Tax Credit

A framework of the Build Back Better bill released by President Joe Biden this week retains a 30% tax credit for microgrid controllers. The credit was initially proposed by California Congressman Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, as part of the MICROGRID Act. The microgrid provisions are included in a larger climate framework that makes a … [Read more...]

Microgrid Project Update: Wastewater Plant and Cannabis Growing Facilities

From the West Coast to the Eastern Seaboard, here is a look at three new microgrid projects underway in the United States for wastewater treatment and cannabis operations. McKinleyville Wastewater Treatment Plant  On Oct. 14, 2021, the McKinleyville Community Service District (MCSD) in Humboldt County, California, held the groundbreaking … [Read more...]

Living Lab Demystifies the Challenges of Installing and Operating Microgrids

Siemens’ living lab in Princeton, N.J., aims to demystify the challenges of installing and operating microgrids and show potential microgrid adopters the path to a carbon-neutral future. The lab's microgrid, located in the company’s US technology headquarters, has been operating for about a year and includes solar photovoltaics (PV), battery … [Read more...]

Why We Can’t Just Shrug Off Texas’ Extreme Winter

Microgrids and distributed energy resources (DER) can help Texas grapple with climate-induced extreme weather outlined in a new report that calls on state policymakers to better prepare for electricity disasters like February's Winter Storm Uri. Uri knocked out power to two out of three Texans and shut off water to nearly half. The Texas … [Read more...]

Welcome, Stranger, to the Real Energy Revolution: Demand Flexibility and Connected Communities

If you asked folks on the street about the energy revolution, they’d probably say something about wind and solar. They'd be a bit behind the times. Renewables were the game changer a decade ago. Today’s insurgent is energy flexibility. Energy flexibility is a software-driven ability imbued within advanced distributed energy resources, such … [Read more...]

Facing Off Climate Disaster in Louisiana: The Tale of Two Microgrid Champions

Debra Phipps, of PowerSecure, had her eye on Hurricane Ida when it was little more than an oceanic disturbance. Years of experience, and her company’s state-of-the-art weather monitoring bureau, signaled to her that trouble was headed for the United States long before the rest of us were paying much attention. The more she watched the … [Read more...]