Puget Sound Energy Looks to Invest Heavily in DERs

Amid plans to shed about 750 MW of coal-fired generation, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is preparing to invest heavily in distributed energy resources (DERs), including non-wires alternatives and possibly microgrids, according to a draft integrated resource plan (IRP). “Distributed energy resources, such as battery energy storage and rooftop as … [Read more...]

The Rise of Energy on Wheels

Two US energy companies have become the latest to offer a mobile energy system that allows a microgrid or batteries to move where needed at any given time. Called Nomad Transportable Power Systems (NOMAD), the new product is a joint venture of Northern Reliability and KORE Power. NOMAD is being offered in three sizes: 600 kWh, 1 MWh and 2 … [Read more...]

Texas Crisis Reveals the Grid’s Complications

The recent Texas disaster  has accelerated the conversation about creating a clean, resilient grid. But much work needs to be done to achieve that goal, according to three speakers who participated in a the recent Pecan Street webinar, "Addressing Technology Roadblocks to Clean Energy Adoption.” Pecan Street conducts research aimed at … [Read more...]

Biden Administration Names Jigar Shah Head of US DOE’s $44 Billion Loan Program

The Biden administration selected Jigar Shah, a well-known figure in the microgrid community, to run the Department of Energy’s (DOE) loan program, which has about $44 billion in available lending authority. The DOE is expected to play a central role in the Biden administration’s efforts to fight climate change. President Joe Biden aims to … [Read more...]

House Climate Bill Includes Billions for Microgrid Funding

A sweeping climate bill introduced in the US House of Representatives this week includes billions in microgrid funding. The CLEAN Future Act authorizes $565 billion in spending to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, with an interim target of reducing carbon pollution by 50% from 2005 levels by the end of this decade. The … [Read more...]

Vermont’s Green Mountain Power to Build Microgrid, Plans Others

Green Mountain Power (GMP) is breaking ground this spring on a microgrid in Panton, Vermont, which already has a 4.9-MW solar facility coupled with a 1-MW/4-MWh battery storage system. GMP, Vermont’s largest utility with about 266,000 customers, also plans to set up other microgrids in “resiliency zones” as part of a broad plan to prepare for … [Read more...]

Microgrid at Australian Equestrian Center Helps Town Hit by Bush Fires

When bush fires swept the south coast of New South Wales in Australia last year, an equestrian center showed why it's good to have a neighbor with a microgrid. Willinga Park, an equestrian property that spans 2,000 acres on two national parks, became a safe haven for local residents’ cattle and horses in December, and its islanded microgrid … [Read more...]

Cenfura and DNA Global Energy Plan to Deploy 14 Tokenized Microgrids in South Africa

Smart energy services company Cenfura has formed a joint venture with project developer DNA Global Energy to deploy 14 renewable energy microgrids across South Africa. The new venture will design, build, operate and tokenize assets. Tokenizing is the method used to integrate assets into the Cenfura Platform, a blockchain based system for … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County Sets March 3 Hearing Date for Plan that Calls for Multiple Microgrids

The Cuyahoga County Council on Feb. 23 took a first step toward adopting a plan for multiple microgrids in the northeast Ohio county when it referred the proposed ordinance to the “committee of the whole.” Cuyahoga County is preparing to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) for multiple microgrids in an effort to spur business … [Read more...]

Washington State Cooperative Installs First of Many Microgrids Planned for Islands

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) has set up a 500-kW solar microgrid on Decatur Island, one of several island microgrids planned for the San Juan Islands, off the north coast of Washington. “I consider this the first of many ... to help maintain our power reliability as we transition away from carbon based fuels,” Foster Hildreth, … [Read more...]