US House Passes Microgrid Tax Credit. All Eyes on the Senate

The microgrid tax credit cleared the US House of Representatives in a Friday morning vote approving President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376). The 30% tax credit would apply to microgrid controllers for projects that begin construction before Jan. 1, 2027. It is part of a roughly $2 trillion plan that provides an array of … [Read more...]

New Studies Point to Microgrids as ‘Once in a Generation Solution’

More microgrids mean more jobs. Americans across the political divide increasingly favor microgrids. And the technology opens a pathway for policymakers to implement an all-in-one climate solution. Those are the messages from three reports released in unison today that together make a case for government action to support microgrids, … [Read more...]

Why We Can’t Just Shrug Off Texas’ Extreme Winter

Microgrids and distributed energy resources (DER) can help Texas grapple with climate-induced extreme weather outlined in a new report that calls on state policymakers to better prepare for electricity disasters like February's Winter Storm Uri. Uri knocked out power to two out of three Texans and shut off water to nearly half. The Texas … [Read more...]

As Extreme Heat Overwhelms the Northwest, Congressional Briefing Looks to Microgrids

With a heat dome bringing record setting high temperatures to the Pacific Northwest, US Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., said microgrids are one of the solutions for dealing with extreme weather, during a Congressional briefing. “It's a cleaner alternative to the default backup generators that many people have right now,” Panetta said June 25 … [Read more...]

Final Day of Microgrid 2021 Features Launch of New Coalition to Advance Microgrids and a Peak into the Future of the Technology

The final week of Microgrid 2021, a free virtual conference, brings two important announcements for the microgrid community, along with lively panel discussions that will focus on a vision — and action — for the future. “The audience will find this week particularly interesting and relevant as our speakers look at how microgrids are … [Read more...]

Five Most Read Microgrid Stories on MicrogridKnowledge.com

MicrogridKnowledge.com is now three months old. So we wanted to take this opportunity to thank our readers and sponsors who have helped make our launch so successful. We see the fast-growing microgrid industry as one of the greatest game changers -- indeed society changers -- in energy today. We're dedicated to telling the industry's story, … [Read more...]

The Importance of Heat in the Energy Efficient Microgrid

The following is an excerpt from new our report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid. It can be difficult for microgrids to compete on cost alone if they provide only electricity.  However, when combined heat and power (CHP) is added to the equation, microgrids become more competitive based on economics alone. Why? Most power generation … [Read more...]

Think Microgrid: Why North America is Doing So, Right Now

The following is an excerpt from our latest Think Microgrid report. It wasn’t just the severity of Superstorm Sandy (See related article) that led to today’s new emphasis on grid resiliency and microgrids; it was also the timing. A convergence of other events – economic, technological and market – made North America ripe for microgrids and … [Read more...]

So What is a Microgrid, Exactly?

So what is a microgrid, exactly? The term has been used for years, yet those who attend microgrid conferences joke that much of the event is spent in debate over the definition. As is often the case with a popular technology, many would like to package their products as microgrids. Hence, we see the term’s meaning broadening in the … [Read more...]