The Microgrid Knowledge North America Channel

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

Multi-Customer Microgrids: Rare, Difficult and the Future

When the switch is flipped on the Redwood Coast Airport Renewable Energy Microgrid, it will become the first multi-customer microgrid in Northern California and one of only a handful active in the US.  This inventive project aims to be a model for creating resilient communities, but should it be successful some of its more innovative … [Read more...]

Maine Microgrid Project Lands USDA funding

Isle au Haut, Maine, received $211,000 from the US Department of Agriculture to help pay for  a 311-kW solar power array that will be part of an island microgrid. The island's 140 electricity customers receive power from a 7-mile undersea cable that was installed in the early 1980s and has outlived its expected life. In a sign of the … [Read more...]

Three Microgrid Applications Yield Resilience, Savings, Environmental Benefits

Three microgrid applications that use Ageto Energy controllers demonstrate some of the different ways microgrids can provide benefits--ranging from resilience to energy savings to lower diesel use. The microgrids serve a Toyota dealership in Colorado, a low-income housing community in New Orleans and a Native American community in … [Read more...]

California Opens ‘Diesel Alternative” Discussion in Microgrid Proceeding

California regulators are seeking comment from industry stakeholders on alternatives to diesel generators as part of an ongoing microgrid proceeding (19-09-009). The California Public Utilities Commission seeks comment by September 18. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), had originally planned to develop … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico Approves Utility Plan with Microgrid Mandate

After two years of debate and planning, Puerto Rico finally appears positioned to re-create its electric grid with microgrids and renewable energy, mandated in a new utility integrated resource plan (IRP). The mandate came from the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau, the island’s chief energy regulator, in late August. Utility IRPs are guiding … [Read more...]

Siemens Creates Living Lab in Princeton, NJ to Demonstrate Microgrids

Siemens, one of the largest companies in the microgrid arena, has created a living lab at its US technology headquarters in Princeton, N.J. to demonstrate how similar facilities can use microgrids. The microgrid includes solar photovoltaics, battery storage, electrical power infrastructure, building management systems and microgrid control … [Read more...]

Engineering Group Sees Increase in Power Outages, Costs

Power outages — a key driver for microgrids — are becoming more frequent and costly, according to a report by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In this decade, there is a $135 billion “investment gap” for generation, $24.4 billion for transmission and $48.8 billion for the distribution system, the ASCE said in its report, … [Read more...]

Community Microgrid Gets Boost from Energy Storage in California’s Goleta Load Pocket

As part of an ambitious project that aims to deploy a community microgrid that will help avoid outages due to fires, earthquakes, mudslides and other disasters in the Goleta Load Pocket, 40 MWh of utility-scale storage will go online in December. Groundbreaking on the project, called the Vallecito Energy Storage Resilience (VESR) project, has … [Read more...]

How Solar, Storage & Microgrids Save Money at K-12 Schools: Free Livestream Discussion August 27

Microgrid Knowledge will host a livestream discussion August 27 with schools that are installing solar, energy storage and microgrids as a way to save money — and in some cases even earn revenue from their systems. The discussion, “Solar Microgrids for K-12 Schools: Saving Money and Educating for the Future,” will run from 2-3:15 pm and … [Read more...]

California Microgrids Flex Their Skills During Blackouts

California microgrids stepped up during the mid-August rolling blackouts, delivering flexible load and providing backup electricity, as extreme heat left the state short on power. Stone Edge Farm’s microgrid and three microgrids operated by Bloom Energy were among those that provided resiliency for their owners and community members on August … [Read more...]