Looking to Win Support for a Microgrid? Take this Approach with the Community, Says New Research

When community members participate in renewable energy planning and financing — especially with community microgrids or community solar — they facilitate the move to renewable energy, said the co-author of a new study on shared decision making from the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis. The study, "Public Attitudes, … [Read more...]

Australian Utility Issues Solicitation for New Way to Power Diesel-Dependent Regions

Sophie Vorrath, editor of the Australian publication "One Step Off the Grid," describes a recent solicitation for remote microgrids in Queensland. Queensland utility Ergon Energy has called for expressions of interest for the provision of low-carbon or renewable energy generation solutions for two diesel fuel-dependent remote communities in … [Read more...]

Supply vs. Demand: The One-Million Megawatt Hour Opportunity

Nash Whitney, director of sales at Generac Power Solutions, explores how distributed generation and microgrids can provide grid flexibility, as evidenced during Winter Storm Uri in ERCOT. Efficient markets maximize the utilization of resources and, by consequence, provide the lowest cost or price. For instance, ERCOT provides some of the … [Read more...]

Should You Hire a Consultant to Help Develop Your Microgrid?

Power generation is not the primary business of most potential microgrid buyers. They’re generally not familiar with the technical details related to on-grid and off-grid energy, solar panels, controls, artificial intelligence and battery storage. That's where a microgrid consultant may help, says Jon Erickson, senior project manager at POWER … [Read more...]

Emera Tech, Pepco, and Housing Partnership Move Ahead on Residential Microgrid in Maryland

The Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP), Emera Technologies and Pepco are moving ahead on a residential microgrid project at a subdivision of net-zero, low-to-moderate income houses with the support of a $200,000 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). The grant will support a community solar and battery energy storage system … [Read more...]

Depot-Based Electric Vehicles Like ‘Mobile Microgrids to Support the Grid’

Electric buses, delivery trucks and other fleet vehicles are like mobile microgrids that can help balance the grid, and their depots offer huge potential to reduce peak usage through demand response programs that also yield income. That’s the goal of CPower Energy Management, a distributed energy resource (DER) aggregator that recently … [Read more...]

Is Digital Twin Technology a Game Changer for Community Microgrids?

Steve Hoffman, president and CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, discusses how creating a digital twin may improve regulator, utility and local acceptance of community microgrids. Rising interest in community microgrids Counties and cities are increasingly recognizing the value of community microgrids to enhance community resilience and … [Read more...]

How to Weather Hurricane Season with a Resilient Microgrid

Mark Kille, business development manager at Mesa Solutions, provides tips on how businesses can survive hurricane season with a resilient microgrid. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, hurricanes are becoming more frequent and more destructive, causing longer power outages and making hurricane preparedness more … [Read more...]

Successful Hydropower Microgrid Tested with the Idaho National Laboratory

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Idaho Falls Power have successfully tested a hydropowered microgrid to improve the resilience and reliability of municipal power.  Idaho Falls Power is a municipal-owned utility in the city of Idaho Falls, Idaho. In conjunction with Idaho Falls Power, the Idaho National Laboratory began studying the … [Read more...]

US DOE Selects Remote, Island Communities for Energy Resilience Aid

US Department of Energy (DOE) experts are working with 11 remote and island communities to reduce energy costs and power outages, some by setting up microgrids. The effort, announced April 20, is part of the DOE’s Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP), which was unveiled late last year. Through the program, the DOE … [Read more...]