Progress on Puerto Rico’s IRP Plan: What it Means to the Grid and Microgrids

Puerto Rico IRP

The Environmental Defense Fund's Daniel Whittle and Agustin Carbó report the latest on the Puerto Rico IRP proceeding, a complex and lengthy regulatory undertaking expected to influence microgrid and renewable energy development on the island. Puerto Rico’s electric grid is extremely fragile and in need of repair. The natural disasters that … [Read more...]

Microgrids Up and Running Despite Earthquake and Massive Power Outage in Puerto Rico

earthquake

With a large swath of Puerto Rico in the dark as a result of this week’s earthquake, there is some good news from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Microgrids in 10 schools are up and running. The solar plus storage microgrids were recently installed by RMI, Save the Children and Kinesis Foundation. Built in remote regions, the microgrids … [Read more...]

Microgrids Made Easier: How Hoboken is Creating a Resilient Microgrid… and How Your City Can Too

Out of the Hoboken, N.J. microgrid project comes a toolkit that other cities and towns can use to green -- and keep greening -- a community microgrid. Here's the story of how the toolkit came to be and what it offers communities. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer knew it was not a matter of if there would be another … [Read more...]

Energy Giants Form Low-Carbon Microgrid Group in Advance of UN Climate Talks

low carbon microgrid

Seven major energy companies joined forces in South Africa yesterday to drive low-carbon microgrid development in advance of United Nation climate talks scheduled for December. Formed September 4 in Johannesburg, the microgrid working group includes ABB, Alstom, EDF, Engie (previously GDF Suez), Eskom, First Solar and Schneider Electric. The … [Read more...]

Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

Microgrids force us to confront certain questions, says EDF's Dick Munson.  Will we support the status quo of centralized, monopoly-owned power plants or embrace innovation and competition?  Microgrids are getting a lot of attention. Yet how they’re developed could dramatically alter today’s electricity system. At the most obvious level, … [Read more...]