California Awards $10.8M to Reuse EV Batteries in Solar & Microgrid Projects

The California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded $10.8 million to four projects that will explore repurposing used batteries from electric vehicles (EV), partly to support microgrids. The awards approved in meetings in June and July stemmed from a solicitation for research and development projects showing how used batteries could … [Read more...]

Connecticut to Look at Resilience, Renewables & NWAs in Grid Modernization Proceeding

Connecticut has launched three new proceedings to explore grid modernization policies that are likely to be of interest to the microgrid community. Underway before the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), the three policy tracks will look at reliability and system resilience metrics and targets, non-wires alternatives, and the … [Read more...]

Data Center Microgrids — A Lot More Efficient & Effortless to Run

This special report series focuses on data center microgrids for the colocation and big data industry. The entry below explores the evolution of data center microgrids and how they can increase efficiency and resiliency.  Smart is the new normal as we enter and expand in a digital era. Driven by data, autonomous systems, and more demand … [Read more...]

California Regulators Move into Phase 2 of Proceeding to Commercialize Microgrids

California regulators are set to dive into microgrid tariffs and other complex approaches to advance the technology, as they enter the second phase of their effort to commercialize microgrids. The Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) expects to issue a staff proposal July 22 and will seek comment on the proposal from stakeholders by August 14 … [Read more...]

Microgrids in Hospitals Minimize Threats of Electrical Outages

We continue our new special report series on microgrids in healthcare. The next entry explores the benefits of microgrids in hospitals and how these systems can keep the lights on in these critical facilities.  It is hard to imagine an institution more critical to public health and safety than a hospital. Unfortunately, hospitals are also … [Read more...]

What are Connected Communities? And Why are they the Future?

Someday soon, you might live in a building that is connected to others in a way that helps reduce your utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions, write Victor Olgyay and Seth Coan of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Here they explain the emergence of connected communities. Looking out your window you might see another building. … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Introduce New Data Center Economics

This special report series focuses on data center microgrids for the colocation and big data industry. The third entry explores how microgrids are changing colocation and data center economics.  Data centers are increasing in number across the US and around the globe. They are the new industrial factory of the modern digital economy and … [Read more...]

Why University & College Microgrids Make Financial Sense for Today’s Educational Institutions

Read the next article in our special report series on college microgrids. Learn how microgrids are becoming more affordable — and valuable — for today's educational institutions. And explore microgrids as revenue producers.  Microgrids can help campuses reduce peak demand charges, which for some institutions can be onerous, accounting for as … [Read more...]

Healthcare Microgrid Types Growing as Options for Critical Facilities to Avoid Outages

What is the potential of the healthcare and hospital microgrid? In the second entry of our new special report series on microgrids in hospitals, we take a look at the different types and microgrid options available to these critical facilities.   A microgrid is a simple concept. It is a small version of the electric power grid. From here, … [Read more...]

Heads Up Microgrid Developers. EVs will Create $30-50B Need for Generation and Storage

A new report by The Brattle Group finds that electric vehicles (EVs) could spur the need for a $30-50 billion investment in generation and energy storage — a figure likely to catch the attention of microgrid developers. The microgrid industry sees electric vehicles creating new markets for microgrids, particularly when located in areas that … [Read more...]