Groups Urge California Governor to Support Community Microgrids: “A Just Transition to Clean Energy”

Because microgrids offer communities greater control over their energy supply, they’re viewed as a mechanism to help marginalized communities that struggle with the dual burden of poverty and dirty air. Clean energy microgrid projects in rural Africa and India demonstrate the idea. But in the US, use of microgrids as a community-improvement … [Read more...]

California’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs: The Implications for Microgrids

In this Q&A with Microgrid Knowledge, Bob Georgeoff, vice president of Ameresco, explains the implications for microgrids of recent public safety power shutoffs in California.  Microgrid Knowledge: What role can microgrids play when there is a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in California? Bob Georgeoff: Microgrids play a critical … [Read more...]

Advisian Leaders Showcase Advanced Energy Software Tool

In an interview at Microgrid 2019, two Advisian executives — Tristan Jackson, director, smart and distributed energy and Andrea Ruotolo, senior manager, smart and distributed energy — discuss the company’s latest advanced energy software tool.  Advisian is the technical consulting branch of Worley — a 55,000 person engineering services firm … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids with Energy Storage: Cost Effective and Clean

New Ameresco energy storage VP Jacqueline DeRosa highlights how the dropping price of energy storage has positioned communities to take advantage of new microgrid models. Community microgrids with energy storage serve to enhance grid reliability, security, and efficiency.  The growth of distributed resources is forcing utilities and grid … [Read more...]

Study Finds Large Potential for Solar and Community Microgrids in San Diego

San Diego — already one of California’s greenest cities — has the potential to develop 2 GW of solar, opening up new opportunity for community microgrids, according to the Clean Coalition. The non-profit organization recently completed a study of solar potential in San Diego as part of an effort by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) … [Read more...]

Details on the 14 Massachusetts Community Microgrid Projects that Won Funding

Massachusetts named 14 community microgrid projects that will each receive grants of $75,000 for microgrid feasibility studies. Here are the project details provided by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, following the February 21 announcement. Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown Application Team: Partners HealthCare, Thompson … [Read more...]

How Community Microgrids Have the Power to Change Civilization

Jayant Kumar, global digital grids program director at GE Grid Solutions, discusses how community microgrids can change civilization, and why every city planner should keep them top of mind. Elisa Wood, chief editor of Microgrid Knowledge, interviewed Kumar at Microgrid 2017 in Boston. In terms of who the industry needs to be educating on the … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids: Central Pillar of the Local Energy Revolution

Community microgrids are popping up in cities and towns all over the U.S. as the local energy revolution takes hold. Recent storms and power outages are helping drive this trend, as well. A guide from Microgrid Knowledge, explores the role of the community microgrid and its growing popularity as many city leaders look for more clean, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Basics for Community Leaders: A Primer on Advanced Microgrids

What are advanced microgrids, exactly, and why are they becoming so important to the electricity grid? Here is a primer excerpted from MicrogridKnowledge.com's new report, "Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy." Microgrids have received heightened attention in recent … [Read more...]

MicrogridKnowledge.com Releases Guide on Community Microgrids for Mayors and City Leaders

MicrogridKnowledge.com today released a guide to assist mayors and other city leaders who are exploring community microgrids as a way to gain more local control over their energy supply. The 18-page report, “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy,” provides big-picture … [Read more...]