The Microgrid Knowledge North America Channel

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

Enchanted Rock’s reciprocating engine secures CARB DG certification

Texas-based microgrid developer Enchanted Rock said its reciprocating engine has become the first such engine to meet the strict emissions standards under the California Air Resources Board Distributed Generation (CARB DG) certification. Most CARB DG certified technologies are microturbines and fuel cells, while Enchanted Rock's application … [Read more...]

A dozen more microgrids move forward in San Diego

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced four new microgrids this week, while another eight microgrids, which are being developed for the California city by Gridscape Solutions, moved forward with a construction contract. The new projects add to a growing list of microgrids in the San Diego area at a range of facilities from … [Read more...]

Should you even bother connecting to the grid?

After years of developing energy projects, and dealing with the frustrations of interconnecting to the grid, Ben Parvey said enough is enough. It’s time to help people get off the grid. Parvey is not a back-to-the-land romantic. He’s a former public finance attorney who since 2008 has served as CEO of New Jersey-based Blue Sky Power, which … [Read more...]

Pay microgrid owners to boost California’s grid? Credits and “price machines” proposed

Two separate proposals floated last week before California regulators open the door for financial incentives that would encourage microgrid owners to step in and help out when the electric grid is falling short. Fuel cell company Bloom Energy offered the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) a specific plan to provide credits to … [Read more...]

How to succeed as a microgrid startup: Xendee’s story

Xendee, which develops microgrid decision support software, reached its four-year anniversary this month and with it came the brass ring so many microgrid startups seek — its Series A financing. I spoke with Adib Naslé, CEO and co-founder of Xendee, who described the journey and offered insight into how to position a startup on the right … [Read more...]

Enchanted Rock to build California’s largest RNG microgrid for Microsoft

Microsoft has contracted with Enchanted Rock to develop a data center microgrid — the largest microgrid in California to date that will use renewable natural gas (RNG) to offset fossil fuels. Located in San Jose, a city whose mayor has become an outspoken advocate of microgrids and grid independence, the microgrid will be part of a Microsoft … [Read more...]

AXA IM Alts makes investment in GreenStruxure

AXA IM Alts, a European-based investor with about $160 billion in assets under management, said today that it has committed $15 million to microgrid developer GreenStruxure, joining earlier investors Huck Capital and Inclusive Capital Partners, alongside strategic investor and technology partner Schneider Electric. GreenStruxure has been … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, releases RFI in next step to create unique microgrid-centered utility

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, issued a request for information (RFI) yesterday in its latest step to set up one of the nation’s most ambitious microgrid projects, which includes the creation of its own county utility. The RFI is a precursor to a request for proposals the county intends to issue for multiple microgrids developed in public/private … [Read more...]

Colorado Gov. Polis signs bills to create microgrid roadmap, offer rural grants

Colorado will create a microgrid roadmap and make microgrid grants available for municipal utilities and cooperatives under two bills signed last week by Gov. Jared Polis.  The Electric Grid Resilience And Reliability Roadmap (HB22-1249) and the Microgrids For Community Resilience Grant Program (HB22-1013) cleared their final hurdle to … [Read more...]

Utilities: Take our microgrid survey and become eligible for a free drone

What is a utility, exactly? What does it do? The simple answer, of course, is that it sells electricity or natural gas or both. But that’s changing as utilities offer more and more value-added services for customers. They’re doing so because their customers want to capture energy resilience and sustainability. They want to lower energy … [Read more...]