PG&E Gets Nod to Help Locals Build Community Microgrids in California

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) plan for helping local governments and tribes set up community microgrids to protect critical facilities when there are widespread power outages. PG&E’s Community Microgrid Enablement Program, approved March 18, grew out of the commission’s … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids Face Challenges, but Tides are Turning as States Embrace Microgrid Development

Community microgrids are on the rise and growing in popularity. However, in many jurisdictions, various financial, institutional (regulatory and legal), and perceptional barriers present key challenges to community microgrid implementation. That's according to a new white paper from Hoffman Power Consulting. The report points out that to … [Read more...]

Community Microgrid Lessons to Set a Project up for Success

When most people think about microgrids, they likely think about a resiliency tool or "back-up plan" for a critical facility, such as a hospital or school. But the community microgrid is a different animal all together. That's according to a new report from Hoffman Power Consulting. Community microgrids can serve more than 1,000 energy … [Read more...]

10 Lessons Learned from Successful Community Microgrids

Steve Hoffman, CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, describes the best practices that have emerged from successful U.S. community microgrids. These offer a roadmap for the next generation of community microgrids. Despite their many benefits, community microgrids face myriad regulatory, financial, and institutional barriers to implementation. … [Read more...]

How to Overcome Barriers to Community Microgrids

Despite their potential benefits, community microgrids face several institutional and financial challenges. Steve Hoffman, CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, explains how microgrid developers and their project partners can overcome these barriers. Community microgrids offer many reliability, resilience, cost reduction, and decarbonization … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids Create an ‘Oasis’ or Refuge for Residents During Extreme Events

Microgrid use has been on the rise for decades among commercial energy users, as well as universities, military bases, public facilities and more. These efforts have served to cut down on electrical power costs, ramped up decarbonization efforts and increased power reliability and quality. That's according to a new report from Hoffman Power … [Read more...]

The Importance of Microgrids for Marginalized Communities

How can microgrids help marginalized communities move forward? Schneider Electric's Don Wingate offers insight and explains steps community leaders can take now in a Q&A with Microgrid Knowledge. What makes microgrids uniquely suited to help empower marginalized communities? The core of the issue is the fact that economically … [Read more...]

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...]