New Siemens Microgrid Plans to Provide Flexibility for Vienna’s Grid

A new microgrid at the Siemens corporate headquarters in Vienna, Austria, was officially completed in November 2020, with plans to provide balancing services to Austria's electricity transmission system operator. Under construction since 2019, the Siemens campus microgrid includes 312 kW at peak capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, … [Read more...]

Long Beach Says California Decision Fails to Remove Key Barrier to Microgrids. Calls for Rehearing

The city of Long Beach has filed a formal challenge to a recent California microgrid decision, saying that the order does not reduce the barriers to microgrid development to the extent required under state law. The city is calling for a rehearing on the January decision by the California Public Utilities Commission to create microgrid … [Read more...]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to Vote on Plan for Multiple Microgrids Feb. 23

Cuyahoga County in northeast Ohio is preparing to issue requests for proposals (RFPs) for multiple microgrids in an effort to spur business development. The initiative builds on plans to set up a $100 million microgrid district in downtown Cleveland, according to Armond Budish, a Cuyahoga County executive. The plan comes after a week of … [Read more...]

Applications Now Being Accepted for the Microgrid Knowledge Greater Good Awards 2021

Microgrid Knowledge has opened nominations for its 2021 Microgrid Greater Good Awards, presented annually to highlight how microgrids serve society. The deadline for submission is Monday, March 22, 2021. “We seek submissions that offer a strong narrative demonstrating how microgrids improve the human condition,” said Elisa Wood, … [Read more...]

Plan Announced for 1,000 Solar, Battery and Hydrogen Microgrids in Western Australia

Sophie Vorrath, editor of One Step off the Grid, reports on a Western Australia microgrid plan expected to save the government hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure costs. Western Australia’s Labor Party has announced plans to both build and install 1,000 standalone power systems – or SAPS – including solar, battery storage and … [Read more...]

S&P Innovation Manager Describes Technology to Improve the Financial Use Case for Microgrids

Isabel Tang, senior innovation manager at S&P Global Platts describes Distro Energy, a new energy trading platform designed to facilitate open energy market operation, help balance the grid, reduce the burden of microgrid implementation and improve the financial use case for microgrids. Watch the video of Lisa Cohn, managing editor of Microgrid … [Read more...]

Winch Energy Lands $16 Million for African Solar Minigrids

London-based Winch Energy landed $16 million in funding, through a new financing platform, for solar minigrid projects in 49 villages in Uganda and Sierra Leone. The deal represents the largest ever minigrid financing portfolio, according to Winch, which is owned by Winch Partners, Total Eren, Al Gihaz Holding and ITOCHU Europe. The … [Read more...]

Power Engineers Sees EV, Large-Scale Fleet Charging as Growing Business Opportunity

Erik Hale, power delivery manager, business unit director at Power Engineers, describes the potential in the EV and fleet charging market and how the energy industry is moving toward a carbon-free power grid. Hale was interviewed by Lisa Cohn of Microgrid Knowledge during Microgrid 2020 Global. To start, Hale shared a bit about his firm, as well … [Read more...]

Schneider Starts Building 10-MW Microgrid at Air Base in Japan

Schneider Electric has started construction on a 10-MW microgrid project at a US Air Force base in Japan. The company is developing the project under a $403 million, 25-year energy savings performance contract that includes $167 million in implementation costs. The project at the Yokota air base near Tokyo, funded through guaranteed … [Read more...]

Look Who Likes Microgrids Now: Why and How the Market is Opening to Smaller Facilities

Expanding from their origins at universities, military bases and corporate campuses, microgrids are starting to make their way into smaller businesses and even neighborhoods and homes. The change comes, in part, because of a growing public awakening about the vulnerability of the electric grid. Superstorm Sandy in 2012 seemed to open the … [Read more...]