Green resiliency: Securing your stride in the race to net zero

Bob Georgeoff and Leila Dillon of Ameresco outline some of the factors that are driving a growing number of organizations to set net-zero goals and how microgrids tie it all together. As net-zero corporate pledges continue to rise, there is increasing focus on the specific pathways companies will be taking to achieve these goals. … [Read more...]

5 reasons to worry about the state of the grid: NERC report

For those wondering why microgrid use is growing, a new report on the state of the grid by the North American Energy Reliability Corp. (NERC) might offer some insight. The report, “2022 State of Reliability,” doesn’t talk about microgrids, but it does describe grid vulnerabilities that are jeopardizing electric reliability. Concern about the … [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...]

San Jose, California mayor again pushes for energy independence with support of Google microgrid

The San Jose City Council voted this week to take the next step in reviewing a microgrid planned by Google, giving Mayor Sam Liccardo another victory in his quest for city energy independence. “We need dependable, resilient, reliable power, and microgrids are clearly a pathway to doing so for many communities,” Liccardo said during the April … [Read more...]

Diesel off, but lights still on in remote Alaska thanks to a new microgrid

A microgrid with energy storage takes on a whole new meaning when you are truly 'off the grid' in a place where temperatures can drop to 40 below zero. Such is the case in Shungnak, Alaska, a 9.6 square mile community of about 300 people that live in the Northwest Arctic Borough above the Arctic Circle. Details about the community’s new … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Commissioning Partner for Solar + BESS Project Success

Commissioning is the process of making sure that all of the individual systems and components of your solar PV and battery energy storage system (BESS) project are up to spec, installed according to industry standards and meet the project's pre-set design requirements. The process starts at the project's concept phase and continues throughout the … [Read more...]

New US government forecast shows on-site energy doubling

Here’s the good news for microgrids. On-site energy will double in the US and renewables will grow faster than any other form of energy through 2050, according to the most recent Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Here’s the bad news. Even after doubling, on-site energy will account for only 6%-8% … [Read more...]

Microgrids provide more than just reliability

Hospitals, colleges, utilities and a growing number of other industries are turning to microgrids as they look for reliable ways to power their operations. Looking beyond reliability, a new white paper from Mesa Solutions outlines some lesser known benefits that a microgrid can provide.  Mesa Solutions describes a microgrid as being "like … [Read more...]

Microgrid-powered facility in Wisconsin produces renewable natural gas for California

Powering an anaerobic digester project with a renewable microgrid has transformed the economics of biogas at a newly commissioned plant in Wisconsin. The facility is turning organic waste from more than 4,000 dairy cows into renewable natural gas and injecting it into a natural gas pipeline for use as a transportation fuel in … [Read more...]

Top Microgrid Perspectives Columns for 2021 — Most read guest articles

Your most pressing energy storage questions answered. How microgrids can manage the disruptive force of electric vehicles. Why natural gas generators are critical to microgrids. These are just a few of the topics explored in the most popular Microgrid Perspectives columns of 2021. These guest articles were penned by leaders in the microgrid … [Read more...]