Biden administration marries transmission and microgrid funding in $2.5 billion program

The Biden administration yesterday took the first step to allot $2.5 billion to increase transmission capacity and build microgrids in certain locations. With the release of a request for information, the administration kicked off a process to fund new or improved transmission line projects that offer 500 MW to 1,000 MW of capacity and build … [Read more...]

US DOE to help 22 communities find infrastructure funds for microgrids and clean energy projects

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has opened the door for 22 communities to capture federal infrastructure funds for microgrids and other clean energy projects through a program that emphasizes “place-based approaches.” Called Communities LEAP (Local Energy Action Program), the initiative helps these cities, towns and tribes develop clean energy … [Read more...]

What Role Do Microgrids Play in the Biden Administration’s 40% Solar Vision?

A new Department of Energy (DOE) report, which finds that solar could account for about 40% of the US electricity supply by 2035, offers a vision of the role microgrids would play on an increasingly renewable grid. “We can no longer look at solar technologies in isolation — we must look at how they interact with the full energy system,” Becca … [Read more...]

State Energy Officials, Clean Energy Businesses Urge DOE to Coordinate Resilience Efforts

State energy officials and clean energy businesses are urging the Department of Energy (DOE) to help coordinate efforts to bolster infrastructure resilience, including microgrid development. “As recent events in Texas and the Midwest have shown once again, one of the most urgent tasks in the energy sector – production, distribution and … [Read more...]

Proposals Due Dec. 4 for US Building Tech Solicitation

The General Services Administration (GSA), which manages federal property, and the Department of Energy (DOE) are seeking proposals for emerging technologies that can maintain healthy indoor air, increase building resilience and improve onsite photovoltaics in commercial buildings. The GSA and DOE plan to use selected technologies from the … [Read more...]

US GSA Seeks Information on Grid Interactive Technologies for Buildings

The General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a request for information (RFI) for grid-interactive technologies and services that provide energy savings and load flexibility for buildings. The RFI, issued in coordination with the Department of Energy (DOE), is part of the Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) research being done … [Read more...]

Walk Through the Last of the Microgrid Development Phases: Implementation

This guest post is adapted  from a new white paper from the DOE's Rima Kasia Oueid that outlines the three microgrid development phases for public critical infrastructure microgrids. This entry explores Phase 3: Implementation.  Implementing a microgrid requires significant time, effort and investment. There are many cost variables that must … [Read more...]

Dissecting the Planning Phase of Public Infrastructure Microgrid Development

This guest post is adapted from a new white paper on microgrid development by the DOE's Rima Kasia Oueid that outlines three development phases for public critical infrastructure microgrids. This entry explores Phase 2: planning.  The planning phase involves significant preparation work for the project that begins with broader stakeholder … [Read more...]

U.S. DOE Identifies 200 Potential Microgrid Sites in Puerto Rico

The U.S. Department of Energy has identified 200 potential microgrid sites in Puerto Rico, as part of an effort to rebuild and modernize the island’s devastated electricity system. Bruce Walker, assistant secretary for DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, described the microgrid sites in a blog he posted last week on … [Read more...]

Department of Energy Gets it Wrong on Energy Reliability

NRDC's Elizabeth Noll says that the Department of Energy is heading down the wrong path when it comes to energy reliability. Most power outages occur because of transmission and distribution failure. They are not due to lack of power supply. So more coal and nuclear generation will not make the U.S. grid more reliable.  There are three key … [Read more...]