Disasters and outages wake homeowners to the benefits of home microgrids

The Silvies Valley Ranch, a rural, eco-friendly luxury resort in eastern Oregon that has home microgrids, is slowly moving forward. It is one of several projects throughout the US responding to growing demand from US homeowners seeking residential microgrids for resilience and sustainability. Either planned or already in place at Silvies … [Read more...]

A Florida neighborhood tries out a microgrid like no other

The word "unique" gets attached to so many energy projects, it hardly has meaning anymore. But a new microgrid now operating near Tampa, Florida, lives up to the billing because of the technology it uses, the customers it serves, and the cost recovery structure it employs. Located in the Southshore Bay housing development in Hillsborough … [Read more...]

Florida PSC Approves Neighborhood Microgrid to be Owned and Operated by a Utility

The Florida Public Service Commission approved a four-year neighborhood microgrid program proposed by Tampa Electric (TECO) that includes battery storage and solar photovoltaic equipment at customer homes. TECO will install Emera Technologies’ plug-and-play neighborhood microgrid system called BlockEnergy. The system is designed to be owned … [Read more...]

Emera Tech, Pepco, and Housing Partnership Move Ahead on Residential Microgrid in Maryland

The Housing Initiative Partnership (HIP), Emera Technologies and Pepco are moving ahead on a residential microgrid project at a subdivision of net-zero, low-to-moderate income houses with the support of a $200,000 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). The grant will support a community solar and battery energy storage system … [Read more...]

Greener Mining Microgrid from Hitachi ABB … Sony and LF Energy’s New Trading Platform…Emera and Novonix to Develop Battery Pack

Greener mining from Hitachi ABB at microgrid in Indonesia  A new Hitachi ABB microgrid system is providing greener mining operations and continuous power for off-grid mining operations at Indo Tambangraya Megah's (ITM) facility in Bontang, East Kalimantan.  The microgrid is the largest of its kind in Indonesia. It uses solar power to … [Read more...]

21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021

The last year brought about a proliferation of microgrid projects, as the technology hit its stride in the marketplace. Here we look at 21 of those projects that we believe should be carefully watched as they unfold in 2021.  We chose the projects for their innovation, ability to serve as models, and demonstration of microgrid benefits. Why … [Read more...]

Emera Technologies Unveils Plug-and-Play Neighborhood Microgrid Geared for Utilities

Emera Technologies has developed a residential, plug-and-play microgrid system called BlockEnergy that is designed to be owned and operated by utilities – a sector in search of a way to offer microgrids that works within its business structure. Set to be installed in a housing development in Tampa, Florida, the system aligns with major trends in … [Read more...]

Demand for Home Microgrids Surges in Response to California Fires

Interest in home microgrids is surging in California in response to wildfires and public safety power shutoffs (PSPS), with microgrid companies saying demand has jumped by as much as 1,000% in the last month. Not only has demand increased; so has the pressure to install home microgrids as quickly as possible, and some companies say they … [Read more...]

Utilities are Giving Microgrids the Jolt They Need to Get Up and Going

This is the first in a series of articles focusing on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we look at "The Great Debate: What’s the Utility Role in Microgrids?" Until recently, the power industry focused almost solely on generating and delivering electricity through a centralized system. But changing times and … [Read more...]

Can DC Microgrids be Simpler, Faster, Secure? Sandia, Emera Aim to Find Out

In alternating current (AC) microgrids, there’s always the need to convert direct current (DC) storage, solar and other elements to AC. But with DC microgrids, all that could change -- and possibly reap simplicity, quickness, and cost savings, said Abraham Ellis, program manager for Sandia National Laboratories' renewable and distributed systems … [Read more...]