Xcel Energy Reaches Settlement Agreement on $23.4M Microgrid Project in Colorado

Xcel Energy has reached a settlement agreement with consumer, regulatory,  environmental and labor interests which, if approved by state regulators, allows the utility to move ahead with a $23.4 microgrid project. Now before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (Proceeding 19A-0225E), the settlement paves the way for seven microgrids … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Likely to Spur More Microgrid Development 

History tells us that disasters tend to spur new interest in microgrids. This pandemic is no exception as COVID-19 strains hospitals, data centers and food distribution and delivery systems, making power outages unthinkable. A quote in the Wall Street Journal by Peggy Noonan, being widely circulated on social media, sums up how important … [Read more...]

Navy Sets Two-Week Off-Grid Goals for Key Installations 

In a move that could spur more military microgrid projects, the Department of Navy has adopted a resilience policy to enable key installations to go off-grid for at least two weeks by late 2025. The US Navy and Marines Corps aims to have “assured energy whenever and wherever it’s required,” according to the Installation Energy Resilience … [Read more...]

The Future of the Power Grid: Research Project

Ulrich Munz, of Siemens Corporate Technology, describes a federally funded research project to make the US power grid more resilient and reduce the length of outages. Among other things, researchers will explore splitting the grid into several microgrids. Severe storms can cause massive power outages. In September 2018, Hurricane Florence … [Read more...]

Siemens and Partners Plan All Renewable, 300-MW Microgrid in Ireland

Ireland based initiative, Innovation Green, has set out to develop a 100% renewable microgrid to power a trade and distribution campus in the center of the island. Located in the Midlands Region, a central area of Ireland, Innovation Green is a co-operation between Midlands Airport Developments, InSite Bavaria, the Technical University of … [Read more...]

Xcel Energy to Build 7 Community Microgrids. Negotiating with Siemens and Fluence

Xcel Energy is seeking regulatory approval to move forward with seven microgrids, at a cost to the utility of $23.4 million, chosen from a community resilience solicitation that the Colorado utility issued in May. The microgrids will serve the Denver International Airport Automated Guideway Transit System; National Western Center; Denver Rescue … [Read more...]

Are Microgrids Expensive?

Asking 'Are microgrids expensive?’ is a bit like asking what rocks cost. Are we talking about diamonds or driveway gravel? Any discussion tends to be a long one. There is no elevator pitch answer for three main reasons. First, microgrids vary dramatically in size and complexity and more importantly purpose, which creates a wide cost … [Read more...]

Applications Open for Microgrid Greater Good Award 2020…New Category Announced

Microgrid Knowledge today opened nominations for its next round of Microgrid Greater Good Awards and set a Feb. 15, 2020 deadline for applications. The winners will be announced at Microgrid 2020, which will be held June 2-3 in Philadelphia, Pa. The Microgrid Knowledge Greater Good Award recognizes microgrids that fill a clear societal … [Read more...]

Life Won Thanks to the Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid

There is no way to say it that doesn’t sound dramatic. The Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid saved lives when its owner welcomed in the broader community during the recent sweep of wild-fire related power shutoffs in northwest Humboldt County, California. Some came to the tribal rancheria because they depend on medical equipment that runs on … [Read more...]

It’s Dark in California but the Message is Clear: More Microgrids Needed

California is the poster child for microgrids, usually in a good way, this week in a bad way. The power outages to 738,000 electric customers illustrated that even California, one of the lead states deploying microgrids, is not building them quickly enough. Microgrids act as local islands of power when the central grid fails, or in this case … [Read more...]