Studying microgrid feasibility in outage-prone Wisconsin

With Wisconsin customers experiencing outages more often due to high winds, winter storms and spring and summer flooding, Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has completed microgrid feasibility studies that identify options for a monastery, school, wastewater treatment plant and police department. Jared Leader, director, resilience, SEPA, … [Read more...]

A less obvious way the climate bill will help microgrids

Microgrid costs are likely to fall due to the Inflation Reduction Act, but that’s only one factor that promises to drive up demand for microgrids, should the climate bill pass the House as expected. The second reason has to do with how the new law will accelerate the growth of renewable energy. Microgrids are increasingly viewed as a … [Read more...]

2G Energy executive: Microgrids bring resilience and certainty in uncertain times

Kurt West, vice president of business development at 2G Energy, explains how microgrids bring resilience and certainty in uncertain times during an interview at Microgrid 2022 with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief. https://vimeo.com/722618571 In times of uncertainty, microgrids can give customers control, according to Kurt West, … [Read more...]

How this standardized process gets solar microgrids built; community microgrids next

Microgrid developers often lament the lack of standardization in the development process. Now a California non-profit says it has found a model for moving solar microgrids forward based on some successful projects including a microgrid project for the Santa Barbara schools. The Clean Coalition — which seeks to bring clean energy, including … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County draws 37 responses from RFI for microgrids and new utility

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, said it received a “tremendous response” to its recent request for information (RFI) to build multiple microgrids and establish a county utility. Issued in early June, the RFI drew 37 responses from across the country offering guidance on the technical, commercial and contractual frameworks for the project planned in … [Read more...]

Winners of 2022 Greater Good Awards offer insight into their microgrid projects: video

The fourth annual Microgrid Greater Good Awards were handed out during the Microgrid 2022 conference in June. The winners each presented their projects during a special session at the conference, which is now available to view for free. https://vimeo.com/731523753 Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges, and awards were granted … [Read more...]

Connecticut calls on utilities to evaluate non-wires alternatives

Connecticut has proposed a series of measures to ensure utilities consider non-wires alternatives, among them incentives, competitive bids from third parties, and a way to evaluate non-wires alternatives against traditional distribution grid investments. Non-wires alternatives — which include microgrids and other distributed energy … [Read more...]

How a microgrid saved Pittsburgh International Airport $1 million

One year ago, Pittsburgh International Airport became the first airport in the nation to get all of its power from a solar and natural gas microgrid. Today, it’s got 1 million extra dollars to show for it. In an interview with Microgrid Knowledge last week, Tom Woodrow, the airport's senior vice president for engineering and intelligent … [Read more...]

As worries mount over Texas grid, major beverage distributor commissions Enchanted Rock microgrid

With the Texas grid continuing to make a poor showing, it’s little surprise that a major US food and beverage distributor says it will microgrid its Dallas facility. Ben E. Keith Company has commissioned Texas-based Enchanted Rock to install a natural gas-fired microgrid for a beverage distribution facility. The microgrid is expected to begin … [Read more...]

Disasters and outages wake homeowners to the benefits of home microgrids

The Silvies Valley Ranch, a rural, eco-friendly luxury resort in eastern Oregon that has home microgrids, is slowly moving forward. It is one of several projects throughout the US responding to growing demand from US homeowners seeking residential microgrids for resilience and sustainability. Either planned or already in place at Silvies … [Read more...]