Alpine projects help climb the microgrid mountain

Six microgrids are being developed across European alpine states as part of a program designed to foster local energy grids. The microgrids are being constructed under the ALPGRIDS project, which focuses on creating support for microgrids and a wider understanding of their benefits. Building on six existing pilot sites in five countries, the … [Read more...]

Empowering the individual to make a collective difference

Mark Feasel, president of smart grid North America at Schneider Electric, explains why sustainability efforts must empower individuals and local communities to make their own energy choices -- including the integration of distributed energy resources and microgrids. The adage “think globally, act locally” was coined in 1915 by Scottish … [Read more...]

Microgrids for new eco-friendly housing developments in the UK

A not-for-profit organization has launched a share offer campaign to develop new clean energy microgrid projects across the UK. Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) aims to raise £1 million ($1.4 million) from its latest share offering. This adds to the roughly £14 million ($19 million) that the cooperative has raised over the decade since it was … [Read more...]

What 4 things are holding up community microgrids?

Community microgrid projects yield numerous benefits. Some keep police, hospitals, water plants and other critical services running during power outages. Others may serve remote outposts with no other source of reliable electricity. Community microgrids have even saved lives. Because of their impact, community microgrids are often studied. … [Read more...]

Australia’s Victorian Government Works with Three Towns on Community Microgrids

Sophie Vorrath of "One Step Off The Grid" describes government plans to explore community microgrids for towns in Victoria, Australia. Some of the Victorian towns that were the hardest hit in the 2019-2020 Black Summer of bushfires have been invited to explore how “energy resilient” microgrids could be used to help keep their communities … [Read more...]

8 Communities Breaking New Ground with Microgrids

Not so long ago community microgrids were novel. Typically more cumbersome to build than microgrids for businesses or campuses, they were slow starters in the microgrid development race. That changed as the microgrid industry streamlined development and financing, costs dropped, and controllers and software grew in … [Read more...]

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...]