Microgrids for Healthcare Facilities Can Save Lives

Microgrids for healthcare facilities are popping up quickly to help institutions provide life-saving services during the COVID-19 crisis. For example, Bloom Energy recently-and quickly — installed microgrids at two field hospitals in California. The microgrids that employ Bloom’s fuel cell technology were installed in less than a week at the … [Read more...]

Why We Need Renewable Natural Gas

Joseph Sullivan, Concord Engineering's vice president of energy policy and development, explores the importance of renewable natural gas in today's energy markets, as well as potential sources and recent RNG legislation and regulation moves.  The organized environmental community has abandoned their previous position that natural gas is … [Read more...]

NARUC Issues Reports on Using Distributed Resources to Improve Grid Resilience

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has released a report on how distributed energy resources (DERs) and microgrids can improve grid resilience along with a guide state regulators can use to review proposed projects. “With more threats to the distribution grid, strategically placing generation resources or … [Read more...]

US Federal Lab Seeks Data on Direct Current Microgrids, Lighting

A U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory is seeking market data about direct current lighting and DC building microgrid controllers to help guide its research efforts. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory issued requests for information from manufacturers and solution providers to understand the state of the two technologies and … [Read more...]

How Hard has the COVID-19 Economy Hit Clean Energy Workers?

Lara Ettenson, NRDC's director, energy efficiency, climate & clean energy program, details the impact of COVID-19 on clean energy workers and describes what the federal government and states can do to help. The COVID-19 pandemic is a national crisis. Swift action to address the health and safety of communities and workers across the … [Read more...]

Montgomery County Microgrid Project Highlighted in New Schneider Electric Report

Upfront cost can be a barrier to microgrids. But what if you could have a microgrid project and electrical upgrades for no money down? A new report from Schneider Electric explores this accomplishment at government facilities in Montgomery County, Md.,  energy-as-a-a-service arrangement and innovative power purchase agreement. Montgomery … [Read more...]

Advanced Microgrid Accelerates ‘Learning Lab’ at Bubolz Nature Preserve

The Fox Cities Environmental Learning Center at Bubolz Nature Preserve is known for its commitment to environmental ethics. As early as 1981 Bubolz experimented with solar, wind and geothermal to energize its facilities. Now it features a learning center or "lab" in an 18,000 square foot lodge with a microgrid that uses solar photovoltaics, energy … [Read more...]

PG&E Negotiating to Microgrid an Existing Power Plant in Wildfire Strategy

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has rolled out a new plan to keep power flowing during the 2020 wildfire season, which includes forming a microgrid from an existing natural gas-fired plant. The California utility outlined its strategy in an April 1 filing before the California Public Utilities Commission (Rulemaking: 19-09-009). The … [Read more...]

Funding Microgrids: CAPEX versus OPEX

There are multiple approaches to funding microgrids. Eric Dupont, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at PowerSecure, discusses why CAPEX versus OPEX become important considerations in this interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor.  What is the difference between capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operational … [Read more...]

Why Microgrid Projects Start with Energy Monitoring and Energy Efficiency

Why do microgrid projects need to start with energy monitoring and energy efficiency? Jules Nohra, director of optimization services, Veolia North America, explains in an interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor. Why is it important to make a facility as energy efficient as possible before you install a microgrid? Jules … [Read more...]