Quebec Town Begins Operating Clean Energy Microgrid Following Fossil Fuel Disaster

Lac-Mégantic, a town in Quebec, Canada, has begun powering its town center with a clean energy microgrid, part of its pursuit of greater sustainability following a fossil fuel disaster in 2013 that killed 47 people. Built in partnership with utility Hydro-Quebec, the microgrid serves more than 30 buildings, roughly half of the downtown … [Read more...]

Hydro-Quebec Pursues New Strategy with Lac-Mégantic Microgrid

Another utility – this one Hydro-Québec – is moving into microgrids. The hydroelectricity giant announced that it will develop the Lac-Mégantic microgrid, a project it describes as a major step in its technological evolution. The Canadian public utility is teaming with municipality Ville de Lac-Mégantic to build a solar plus storage microgrid in … [Read more...]

Mother Nature Maps Where We Need Microgrids (Again)

Mother Nature keeps hammering home where we need microgrids. Last week it happened again. More than 1.7 million electric customers lost power February 23-24 when a major storm swept the Eastern U.S. and Canada, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Assurance Daily. The storm was an example of the all-to-common pounding of wind, … [Read more...]