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...]

How the ‘grid of the future’ starts with sectionalizing the grid today

Rafael Ozaki, business unit CEO at Siemens Grid Software US, explains why sectionalizing the grid will help us achieve the dream of a clean, reliable, resilient electric system. There’s the electric grid we have today — built to carry electricity one way from large, predictable power plants to homes and businesses. And there’s the smart, … [Read more...]

Puerto Rico’s first ‘intermunicipal microgrid’ being developed

Puerto Rico's first intermunicipal microgrid — one that provides power to multiple towns and residents — is now under development by California-based microgrid developer XENDEE and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Called Microrred de la Montaña (Microgrid of the Mountain), the net-zero community microgrid will be governed by the island's … [Read more...]

Is Digital Twin Technology a Game Changer for Community Microgrids?

Steve Hoffman, president and CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, discusses how creating a digital twin may improve regulator, utility and local acceptance of community microgrids. Rising interest in community microgrids Counties and cities are increasingly recognizing the value of community microgrids to enhance community resilience and … [Read more...]

The Role of Microgrids in Supporting Economic Development

Thomas Lyons, vice president – asset development, at Ameresco, highlights the growing role of microgrids in supporting economic development. Explore the potential.  It’s fair to say that the United States’ aging and outage-prone grid infrastructure (coupled with increasing storm intensity) can hinder economic development. E Source estimates … [Read more...]

Cloud Computing Meets Microgrids in New Palo Alto Project

Cloud computing giant VMware is joining forces with one of the world’s tech capitals, Palo Alto, California, to explore the potential of community microgrid projects. The partners announced on Thursday that they will develop a proof-of-concept microgrid at VMware’s headquarters in Palo Alto. The project will test the resiliency offered by … [Read more...]

Connecticut’s UI Completes Woodbridge Microgrid

United Illuminating (UI) has completed the Woodbridge microgrid, a project funded through Connecticut's Microgrid Pilot Program. The microgrid will power police, fire and shelter services during storms, blackouts and other emergencies. Town and state leaders, including Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, gathered on Monday to celebrate the … [Read more...]

Four Good Reasons for Community Microgrids

It is clear why city leaders are turning their attention to community microgrids. Energy is the lifeblood of any contemporary community, and severe storms in recent years have revealed the vulnerability of the central grid. The American electorate knows this and is concerned. In a March 2015 Gallup poll 88 percent of those surveyed described … [Read more...]

New York Offers $40M to Boost Community Microgrids

New York is offering $40 million for community microgrids to cut energy costs and boost electric reliability, consumer choice, and energy efficiency. Called the NY Prize, the program has been in the works since January 2014, when it was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. New York follows California, Connecticut and New Jersey in putting money on … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Awards $7M for Community Microgrid & Resiliency Projects

Massachusetts last week awarded $7.4 million for community microgrid and resiliency projects, part of a larger $40 million program aimed at preventing power outages that could jeopardize critical services in towns and cities. Six clean energy projects received the first round of grants from the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative. “This … [Read more...]