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...]

Oasis Community Microgrid — A Centralized Community Refuge to Increase Resiliency During Extreme Events

Microgrid is becoming more and more a well-known term, at least in the energy industry — and are gaining in popularity. But even as community microgrids gain in number, the "Oasis Microgrid" is still in the shadows. A new report from Hoffman Power Consulting aims to answer the question: "What on earth is the oasis community microgrid?" This … [Read more...]

Can a Microgrid be a Resilience Superhero?

Microgrids can enhance energy resilience in the face of wildfires and extreme weather, not only by islanding, but also in several other ways. Steve Hoffman, CEO of Hoffman Power Consulting, explains how. By islanding during extreme events such as wildfires and hurricanes, microgrids add resilience to their list of potential benefits, … [Read more...]