The Microgrid Knowledge North America Channel

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

Defense Department Continues Research into Vanadium Flow Batteries with Ameresco

The US Department of Defense has begun its second phase of research into vanadium flow batteries in partnership with Ameresco, a developer of clean energy and microgrid projects. As part of the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), the study is being done in Golden, Colorado, at the National Renewable Energy … [Read more...]

PG&E Power Outages Could Jump under Judge’s Proposal. But is PSPS Even Needed?

A federal judge is considering requiring California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to change its criteria for instituting public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) in a way that is expected to sharply increase the number of planned power outages across the utility’s service territory. California’s investor-owned utilities cut off … [Read more...]

Houston Considers Microgrids After Winter Outages

In the wake of the devastation Texas experienced during Winter Storm Uri, the city of Houston is considering setting up microgrids for critical infrastructure such as water treatment facilities. The mid-February storm brought frigid temperatures to Texas, freezing power plants and natural gas equipment while electricity use soared. The … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Fare in the Biden Infrastructure Plan

With weather and climate-related disasters rising, President Joe Biden wants to bolster infrastructure resilience by spending billions on energy storage, renewable energy and electric vehicles — all components of microgrids. Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan calls for spending $2.3 trillion over eight years as well as extending clean … [Read more...]

State Energy Officials, Clean Energy Businesses Urge DOE to Coordinate Resilience Efforts

State energy officials and clean energy businesses are urging the Department of Energy (DOE) to help coordinate efforts to bolster infrastructure resilience, including microgrid development. “As recent events in Texas and the Midwest have shown once again, one of the most urgent tasks in the energy sector – production, distribution and … [Read more...]

Schneider Microgrid and Energy Savings Program Could Cut Jersey City Costs by $21M

Schneider Electric is developing an energy savings program for Jersey City, New Jersey, that includes a microgrid based on an existing 1.2-MW solar array. The microgrid will provide power so that city facilities can continue operating through power outages and emergencies with a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, according to Jersey … [Read more...]

Concentric Power to Build 5-MW Microgrid for Potato Producer

Concentric Power is building a 5-MW microgrid for a Tasteful Selections, a Southern California company that grows and packages potatoes. The $12 million project combines 3.6 MW of cogeneration firm power with 120 KW of solar and a 1.25-MW/625-kWh lithium-ion battery setup. Concentric Power's microgrid controller will integrate with … [Read more...]

How Behind the Meter Assets Can Help — or Hinder — Utility Energy Management in Texas

More and more, utilities are deploying behind the meter (BTM) assets — particularly energy storage and electric vehicles (EV) — to reduce their loads, balance their systems and provide resilience. In the wake of a February  outage, Portland General Electric said it has been testing projects that deploy customer sited storage to help boost … [Read more...]

Why and How to Bring Microgrids to Small Town America

This spring, the Poudre Valley Electric Association (PVREA), which provides power to northern Colorado, plans to test a microgrid for a small town that has experienced outages because of car accidents on curvy roads, extreme weather, and, in September, a fire that left the town without power for 52 hours. The microgrid, which will replace … [Read more...]

New Solar Microgrid To Be Developed in Castañer, Puerto Rico 

An initiative led by PathStone and The Solar Foundation has selected Castañer, Puerto Rico, as the location for a new solar microgrid.  The small, rural community of Castañer was chosen from a group of nine candidates to receive funding from the Puerto Rican Solar Business Accelerator, which is backed by the United States Economic … [Read more...]