Update: Senate Energy Bill with Implications for Microgrid Projects Stalls over Unrelated Issue

Sweeping energy legislation with implications for microgrid development stalled this week in the US Senate over a dispute on limiting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), an unrelated issue. It appeared the bipartisan American Energy Innovation Act was set for a quick vote after its was introduced in late February by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, … [Read more...]

US Senate Debates Energy Bill that Could Affect Microgrid Development

The US Senate is debating broad-based energy legislation that could affect microgrid development, partly through funding for energy storage and renewable energy programs. The American Energy Innovation Act was introduced in late February by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., after a year of hearings on scores of energy … [Read more...]

U.S. Senate Expected to Take up Microgrid Policy in Early 2016

A grid modernization bill -- one that takes steps toward federal microgrid policy -- is likely to reach the floor of the U.S. Senate early next year, according to Sen. Lisa Murkowski. If passed, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012) will heighten the federal role in supporting microgrids, which has been largely a state endeavor … [Read more...]

Will Congress Include Microgrids in Upcoming Energy Legislation?

Will microgrids be included in upcoming energy legislation being mulled by Congress? Hard to say, but the topic definitely drew some interesting discussion before the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources last week. The committee heard testimony about electric grid advances in preparation for an upcoming energy bill that is expected … [Read more...]